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Did Jesus write a letter to King Abgar of Edessa?

One gets to read in National Catholic Register, the text of a letter alleged to have been written by Jesus in response to the letter from King Abgar of Edessa requesting the Lord to heal him : ...
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In Catholicism, is it OK to join a church in a different neighborhood if I don't like the local one?

I’ve attended several Masses at my local Catholic Church, but am not feeling fulfilled, and sometimes, it almost feels like I’m not even welcome. There is another Catholic Church one town away that I’...
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Help me understand the role of "friendship with Jesus" in Catholic spirituality in relation to Salve Regina

Having sang What a friend we have in Jesus since childhood, sharing with Jesus my griefs (verse 1), my struggle with temptation (verse 2), and my toiling in life (verse 3) is natural for me. But when ...
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What are priests actually doing during confession in regards to forgiveness? [duplicate]

So I had a few debates with people who didn't like the catholic church. One of their reasons was, that priests would take on the role of God, by "forgiving" the sin. Now I am not a catholic ...
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When did the Catholic Church first make an official statement on the Millenarianism?

It is a well-known fact that after Augustine, and partially due to his influence, amillennialism became the dominant framework for eschatology within Christendom until after the Reformation. The ...
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For purposes of gaining a plenary indulgence, when does the day start?

According to Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, a plenary indulgence can normally be granted only once per day (Normae de Indulgentiis No. 18 - § 1) unless the believer is at the point of death (§ 2). How is ...
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Looking for a Complete Online Collection of Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure's "The Knowledge and Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ"

According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia: [Fr. Jean Baptiste] Saint–Jure had immediate success as a writer and exercised a profound influence upon the Christian piety of 17th-century France. His ...
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In the Catholic view, why did the Devil and his angels rebel? [duplicate]

As stated above. I know the out-of-pocket answer is "pride", but I'm curious. The angels all had full knowledge of the choice and the resultant consequences, yet a third rebelled. Was it ...
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When was the first holy day of obligation instituted?

When did the concept of a holy day of obligation become part of the Catholic Churches code? It would be particularly helpful to include: any early church fathers who argued missing Sunday Mass could ...
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What is the reason for the priest taking the Eucharist without distributing it to the people at mass?

A member of my Australian home group told us that he attended a Catholic mass many years ago. He was shocked when the priest consumed the bread and wine, but didn’t give any bread and wine to the ...
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Does a Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest fulfill the holy day of obligation?

I was on vacation and the only service I had access to was a SCAP service (Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest). Communion was distributed but they were pre-concentrated hosts (no words of ...
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Was Jesus sent to the Earth so people could commit sin and lead sinful lifestyles yet still go to Heaven?

I am a Catholic and I notice there has been a growing movement within the Catholic Church to accept anyone who wants to join the Church regardless of whether or not they will go to Confession or ...
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Why are Orthodox Christians expected to go to confession if they don't distinguish between mortal and venial sins and they don't believe in Purgatory?

I assume that the average Orthodox Christian doesn't confess every minor sin right away, but is still able to receive the Eucharist with a clear conscience. On the other hand, they would want to go to ...
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Why is there so much hostility from charismatic christians towards the catholic church?

So I have visited various churches of various denominations throughout my life. There was always a somewhat a "They are wrong"-mentality towards other churches/denominations on a theological ...
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Do Orthodox Christians have more freedom than Catholics to dissent from Church teachings on political and social issues?

I know that the Patriarch of Constantinople has no binding authority over individual bishops and there is no doctrine of infallibility, but what about the authority that bishops and priests have over ...
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Is it common for Catholic exorcists to possess the charism of discernment of spirits?

Discernment of spirits is a charism or spiritual gift mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:10. The Apostle Paul appears to have exercised this gift during the deliverance of a woman with a spirit of ...
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What are the main beliefs held by Latter-day Saints that are contrary to the beliefs of Christianity from at least Nicene Creed 300 AD to 1800 AD?

I know very little about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints other than that in general they reject traditional Christianity, and think only through their new teaching, can people ...
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How do Christians who believe in exorcisms respond to skeptics demanding convincing evidence?

Fr. Carlos Martins (profile, personal YouTube channel), author of The Exorcist Files, has made the following declarations in a recent interview entitled Famous EXORCIST Reveals His Worst CASE: So in ...
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What are the main beliefs held by the Jehovah’s Witnesses that are contrary to the beliefs of Christians from at least Nicene Creed 300 AD to 1800 AD?

I know very little about Jehovah’s Witnesses other than that in general they reject traditional Christianity and think that only through their new teaching, can people understand the truth, whatever ...
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Necromancy and prayers for deceased loved ones?

Well, I was recently listening to Mike Wingers Biblethinker Q and A, and in it he said that attempting to speak with deceased loved ones is equivalent to necromancy in many cases. The question I had ...
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Was Margaret McBride exonerated for the abortion? Or forgiven? Or what?

Not sure I understand what's going on here Excommunication of Margaret McBride. It says McBride was an administrator and member of the ethics committee at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, ...
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Has Catholicism established a list of essential attributes defining a "personal relationship" between a human and God?

Scope: I'm seeking answers from Catholicism. The concept of a "personal relationship" is fairly natural and intuitive when we think of the interactions between two human beings, like ...
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Books which expound on Divine Tradition and the Catholic Church

In 1928, Tradition and the Church by Msgr. George Agius, DD, JCD was published. In 2005, the TAN Publishers revised it somewhat, adding, among other things, a Publisher's Preface, and republished it. ...
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What are the various religious orders' formulas of profession?

What are the various religious orders' formulas of profession?
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Prayers for the Intentions of the Pope

Consider the published monthly prayer intentions by Pope Francis for 2024: The Monthly Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis for 2024 When Catholics say, for example, a family Rosary or perform some other ...
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Can you share a name with your confirmation patron saint?

My son was asking me this question and I'm actually not sure of the answer so I figured I'd ask here for him. In all the years I've taught confirmation nobody's tried using their same name, but if you'...
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According to the Catholic Church, is the priest in persona Christi during the mass?

I know that the Catholic Church teaches during confession the priest acts "in persona Christi" (in the person of Christ). Since the mass is meant to be a re-presentation of Christ's ...
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Is it a sacrilege to administer the Eucharist to non-believers?

When I was a child, I attended a Catholic summer camp where the majority of campers were not baptized and did not profess any faith. This camp held weekly celebrations of mass, and distributed the ...
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Why did the Catholic Church ban Pascal's Pensées?

The Wikipedia page for Blaise Pascal's apologetic work Pensées says that the Catholic Church banned the book: However as conflicting with the orthodoxy of the Catholic Church it has been forbidden to ...
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What cannot be bought and sold, according to Thomist Catholic moral theologians?

What cannot licitly be bought and sold, according to Thomist Catholic moral theologians? (I know buying/selling relics is forbidden.)
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Can you baptize your baby with Gatorade in an emergency?

An AI priest named "Father Justin" came under fire for providing incorrect information. From ‘I just have to take my lumps’: I asked if I could baptize my baby with Gatorade in an emergency,...
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St. Faustina on Spiritually "Sharing" or "Breaking the Wafer"

Consider the following entries (not a complete list) in St. Faustina's Diary in which a spiritual sharing or breaking of the wafer is noted. Christmas Eve, 1935. From early morning, my spirit was ...
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Is the Rosary primarily a Gospel contemplation on the Five Mysteries , done a short time with vocal prayers added to it?

I've been trying to understand the Rosary but it just confuses me. The most popular way is to recite one Pater Noster, ten Ave Marias, one Gloria Patri and perhaps one O my Jesus while at the same ...
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What does Canon Law say about tabernacle placement?

I went to a church recently and the tabernacle was not placed in the center (the apse), nor to the side (the transept), nor anywhere within the nave, chancel, etc. Rather, the tabernacle was placed in ...
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What is affective spirituality?

In St Augustine's Confessions (Book X, Chapter 27) we read: Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved You. And see, You were within and I was in the external world and sought ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile Matt 22:39 with Luke 14:26?

In Luke 14:26 (Douay-Rheims) we read: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my ...
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The "rule of majority"?

I was thinking and have come up with a concept that I will call the "Rule of Majority". Assuming that one of the Abrahamic religions is true, then if we are imbued with the Holy Spirit, and ...
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Is money a consequence of Original Sin?

Kinsella, The Wife Desired p. 77 claims: It has been stated that money is the root of all evil. [1 Tim. 6:10: "the desire of money is the root of all evils"; cf. Summa Theologica I-II q. 84 ...
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Must a man first be a priest before being consecrated a bishop?

Must a man first be a priest before being consecrated a bishop? In other words: Who exactly can receive episcopal consecration?
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Do marriages have their own guardian angel?

Societies (churches, cities, nations) have guardian angels, but does every marriage or family have its own guardian angel? Marriages and families are societies, too. Has any Catholic angelologist (...
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Are Catholics supposed to make the sign of the Cross during the Sanctus?

I have noticed that during the Sanctus prayer at mass, there will be a few Catholics (typically those that I would identify as being more “trad”) make the sign of the cross when “Benedictus” is sung. ...
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According to Catholicism, would a person who had a vasectomy but never had sex afterwards be committing sin?

While I’m aware that the Catholic Church teaches that having sex after a vasectomy (or getting your tubes tied for women) is sinful because it is an act of contraception, I was wondering if the church ...
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What does Satan get out of being evil?

This question is regarding the Catholic view. Why did Satan and the other demons rebel against God? What do they get out of it? Demons are outside of time so they perceive everything in one eternal ...
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What does the Catholic church teach about IVF?

I met a Catholic family two years ago that utilizes in vitro fertilisation (IVF). I am inclined to believe that IVF is a completely moral practice in situations where a couple may be infertile. I ...
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What is the view on TRT for Catholics?

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a widely used treatment for men with symptomatic hypogonadism. The benefits seen with TRT, such as increased libido and energy level, beneficial effects on ...
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Since transubstantiation is Roman Catholic Dogma, are self described Roman Catholics who reject it in heresy?

The answers and comments to this question have made it clear that transubstantiation is a Roman Catholic Dogma. Of Dogma the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: The Church's Magisterium asserts ...
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According to the Catholic church, what sin does the husband commit if the wife has aborted?

Imagine husband and wife conceive but later find out that the child would be severely ill and disabled. The wife wants an abortion but the husband doesn't. The wife decides to abort. What sin does the ...
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What historical circumstances led the two Popes to declare the 2 dogmas of Mary with the rare infallible pronouncements?

Most people think that Papal Apostolic Constitutions (which have higher level of authority than most other types of papal documents) are infallible, but in fact only Papal ex cathedra statements ...
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Men covering their heads in Catholic churches?

Are Christian (Catholic) men allowed to cover their head? I've told no they can't, because Paul said not too, or some say yes, because Jesus himself did, and what Paul says didn't matter, but if a man ...
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How should I report a priest for promoting sin?

Last summer I was traveling and I stopped for mass in another state. Throughout mass I was rather uncomfortable due the celebrant's demeanor/conduct, but I brushed it off as "just a bad case of ...
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