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Is it still prevalent among Roman Catholics to believe that Christ's physical body is present in the Eucharist?

Do most Roman Catholics still believe that Christ's physical body is present in the Eucharist, or do most Roman Catholics believe that it is Christ's spiritual presence in the Eucharist? It is ...
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Can the Catholic Church err on particular grounds for an annulment in a marriage? [duplicate]

In session 24 of the Council of Trent, Canon IV, the Church teaches that "If any one saith, that the Church could not establish impediments dissolving marriage; or that she has erred in ...
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Was Jesus a married man?

I was very confused about this so many times. According to Leonardo da Vinci's painting some said that Jesus was a married man. Does the Catholic Church hide any truth?
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Is a Catholic who belongs to a political party that supports sins in its party platform excommunicated?

Is a Catholic who belongs to a political party that supports sins in its party platform excommunicated? Before Vatican II, a Catholic belonging to the Communist Party (or any other association ...
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Catholic Mystics who have Written about Our Lord's Sufferings While He was Imprisoned

In Life of Blessed (Now Saint) Margaret Mary Alacoque, it is found on p. 3: It is related in the revelations of St Gertrude that she once asked St John the Evangelist why the devotion to the Sacred ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, how many times is Elijah going to come back?

This question (and its answers) indicate that, according to Roman Catholicism, the two witnesses prophesied to come in Revelation 11:3 will almost certainly be Enoch and Elijah (Elias). And I will ...
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From a Roman Catholic canon law perspective, is it accurate that certain Old Catholic churches are in "limited intercommunion"?

I have seen several Old Catholic (Union of Scranton) clergy or affiliates claim that their churches (the Polish National Catholic Church and Nordic Catholic Church) enjoy “limited intercommunion” with ...
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To what duties do author's rights (𝘪𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘴) correlate?

McHugh & Callan, O.P., Moral Theology says […] rights and duties are correlative—there being a duty that corresponds to every right, and vice versa To what duties do author's rights (ius ...
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St. Thomas Aquinas on the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion and the Forgiveness of Venial Sins?

What did St. Thomas Aquinas (and/or perhaps, Augustine et al.) have to say regarding the worthy reception of Holy Communion and the forgiveness of venial sins?
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What will Elijah's and Enoch's preaching look like?

Before Antichrist, Elias and Enoch will preach for 1,260 days: Apoc. 11:3: And I will give unto my two witnesses [Elias and Enoch], and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed ...
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Does the pine cone statue at the vatican represent the pineal gland? [duplicate]

The pineal gland of the human brain is where the drug dmt is formed, can it mean something?
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Did any of the early church fathers believe that God formed the universe out of formless matter?

Christians are starting to accept natural theology as a way of God using the observable world in order to create the universe. In the deuterocanonical books, it says that God formed the universe out ...
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Reason for word order in Mt. 19:29 Mk. 10:29-30? Ommission of "fathers" in Mk. 10:30? [closed]

Matthew 19:29: And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possess ...
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Can manifest heretics be occult non-heretics?

Can manifest heretics be occult non-heretics?
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Is it a mortal sin for a Catholic to knowingly pass on his/her sickness to another person?

According to Catholic teaching, would it be a mortal sin if a Catholic were to knowingly pass on their sickness to another person? For example, say that a Catholic has an important project that they ...
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Does the sacrament of marriage presume a desire for children?

So I heard priests literally claiming: "A marriage entered with no desire to have children is invalid." Of course, we all know that in the ceremony, the couple is asked: "Are you ...
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What would the Roman Catholic Church position be, should I declare myself “member of the Church of England”?

I am a Roman Catholic, baptised when I was a child and later confirmed and have received communion. The Roman Catholic Church is the “default” church in my home country. I have now moved to the United ...
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Edition of St. Vincent of Lerins' "The Commonitory" Approved by the Catholic Church?

One might think that to find a copy of St. Vincent of Lerins' "The Commonitory" (or Commonitorium) that has received some kind of approbation from the Catholic Church would be an easy task. ...
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The Way of the Cross as a Prophecy of the History of the Catholic Church and a Prefigurement of the Fortunes of the Holy See?

In Fr. F. W. Faber's The Precious Blood, he makes the statement on p. 279 that: Moreover, the Way of the Cross is a great Mystery of prophecy and figure. It is a prophecy of the history of the Church;...
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On the quantity defecting in the Great Apostasy?

On p. 230 of Fr. F. W. Faber's The Precious Blood, we find the words: In the days of Antichrist, when two-thirds even of the faithful shall fall away from the Church. Now, "a revolt" is ...
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From a moral perspective, how would a Catholic moral theologian justify modesty?

From the Catechism of Pope St. John Paul the Great: §2521 Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what ...
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What are the messages communicated by Pope Francis' advice of 7th January to parents?

In a news item of National Catholic Register titled 'Pope Francis baptizes babies in the Sistine Chapel on January 7, 2024. Vatican Media ' the following is found : The Pope told parents to let their ...
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Does a 19th Century Approbation Equate to a Modern Day Imprimatur?

On the 7th electronic page of The Precious Blood, is found: I found no copyright date in this book but Internet Archive estimates it to have been published between 1860 and 1890. I have noticed that ...
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Has the Cause for the Canonization of Fr. Frederick W. Faber been Proposed?

Fr. Frederick William Faber became a member of the Oxford Movement under the leadership of St. John Henry Newman et al. in the 1830s. Many of its members, as a result of the condemnations levied upon ...
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Has any part of St. Alphonsus' Moral Theology translation into English had a valid Imprimatur?

Regarding Mediatrix Press's English Translation project of the 10 Latin volumes of St. Alphonsus's Moral Theology where these 2 volumes (Book 1 to Book 4 part 1) have been published: Volume 1 Book 1 ...
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Do Latter-day Saints recognize Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Saints?

Contemplating the idea of saints existing outside the recognized boundaries of the Latter-day Saint church, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Saints immediately came to mind. Notably, the Eastern Orthodox ...
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Where to find Pius IX's 1871 Apostolic Letter, "Qui Ecclesiae Suae"?

The following quote is from Pope Bl. Pius IX's declaring St. Alphonsus Liguori as a Doctor of the Church: “One can in fact assert that there has not been one error even in our times which Alphonsus, ...
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Catholic Saints Who Have Expressed Thoughts Similar to St. Faustina Regarding Chosen Souls

There are at least three places in St. Faustina's Diary where she writes about the world being maintained by chosen souls; see, for example: 926 And the Lord gave me to know who it is that upholds ...
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What do "those grand lines in the Greek Tragedy" refer to (St. John Henry Newman quote)?

In his essay "The Syllabus" (which refers to the Syllabus of Errors attributable to Pope Bl. Pius IX.), St. John Henry Newman writes: The above is taken from pg. 105 of Newman's Letter to ...
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Were Christians martyred in the Colosseum?

I have been reading some history about the largest standing amphitheater in the world, The Colosseum. I read that Pope Benedict XIV consecrated the structure because many Christians were supposedly ...
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The Fourth Lateran Council on Conscience

According to St. John Henry Newman (in his essay on Conscience): However, Papal Encyclicals Online, says nothing of the sort. Unlike previous Councils, the proceedings were not formally recorded. ...
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Is attending a priestly ordination, bishop's consecration, or religious profession an indulgenced act (pious work)?

Is attending a priestly ordination, bishop's consecration, or religious profession an indulgenced act (pious work)?
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According to Catholicism, why are there so few miraculous healings of amputees, if any?

According to Catholicism, why are there so few miraculous healings of amputees, if any? This question is inspired from another post on this site: What are Christian apologetics refutations of the ...
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St. John Henry Newman on Conscience and the Pope

Here (On Conscience and the Pope) is found an essay written by St. John Henry Newman. It begins as follows: IT seems, then, that there are extreme cases in which Conscience may come into collision ...
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Question on Zondervan source materials?

I'm thinking of purchasing 2 books specifically grounded in biblical archaeology published by Zondervan. The first is called Handbook of Biblical Archaeology and also the NIV Archaeological study ...
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What is the earliest canon law reference that contraceptive intercourse does not consummate a marriage?

What is the earliest canon law reference that contraceptive intercourse does not consummate a marriage? Fr. Hardon, S.J., defines "consummated marriage" as A marriage in which after the ...
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Saints who chose wrong vocation?

Are there saints who chose the wrong vocation—i.e., entered into a certain state of life without having any attraction to it?
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Is "illicit" the same as "sinful"?

I understand that certain acts in Catholicism are considered "illicit," or in violation of church law. Is this equivalent to saying that the acts are sinful? Can something be sinful but not ...
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In Catholic Theology, was Mary "Unable" to Sin?

Jesuit theologian Fr. Kenneth Baker states that Mary was not only free from sin but was "unable" to sin: Two special factors rendered Mary impeccable or unable to sin. The first was her ...
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Is a Catholic marriage valid if one or both spouses are in a state of mortal sin at the wedding?

Suppose Alice and Bob are both Catholics, and they are getting married. If one of them has committed a mortal sin and has not been to Confession at the time of the wedding, is their marriage valid?
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Why are indulgences ever needed for oneself?

Like crimes in legal systems, sins have two consequences: they make me guilty (the conviction) of trespassing God's law, and they involve a punishment (the sentence) for such trespassing. In the ...
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Clarification on Canon 188

There is currently controversy between some Catholics regarding the current pope and the validity of him holding the office. On a video addressing this controversy (which I can no longer find), a ...
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What’s the Biblical Basis for ex opere operato?

Ex Opere Operato is a theological claim that a sacrament is efficacious by the nature of it being a sacrament, not the minister or recipient. But what is the biblical basis for this idea (if any?)?
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What is the current position (December 2023) of the Roman Catholic Church with blessing same-sex PARTNERSHIPS?

Recently a lesbian couple who are both priestesses in the Church of England received the first formal blessing of a same-sex partnership in a C of E service. Upon reading this, I thought to myself, ...
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How did St. Veronica get her name?

Vignettes from Nature, a book written by Grant Allen and published from London in 1881 has this interesting note: the piece of cloth with which Jesus' face is believed to have been wiped on his way to ...
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Jesus Christ as "supervisor of superintelligence" - title, feast and practical pastoral consequences?

Today (Gaudete Sunday of 2023) I am reading OpenAI's effort to align the emerging superintelligence (superhuman artificial intelligence or artificial general intelligence) to the human values. And ...
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Can the unbaptized have charity?

According to Catholic theologians, can the unbaptized have charity? Charity is The infused supernatural virtue by which a person loves God above all things for His own sake, and loves others for God'...
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Were "All" of Hobbes' Works Placed on the Index of Prohibited Books?

According to Index of Prohibited Books, all of the works of Thomas Hobbes were placed on the Index of Prohibited Books in the year 1649. Thomas Hobbes wrote many more books after 1649, including his ...
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Do the canons of the Second Council of Constantinople anathematise those who believe that Mary and Joseph consummated their marriage?

Motivation I have difficulty, personally, believing in the perpetual virginity of Mary. I do not begrudge anyone else believing that doctrine; I cannot imagine that it affects a person's salvation ...
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What is the role of a cardinal-bishop in an archdiocese?

If I'm from a Catholic Diocese that has a bishop who is its ordinary bishop, we're sort of a member under the wing of a neighboring archdiocese with an archbishop (this makes sense). But the ...
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