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What is the process of the Church approving a Marian apparition?

Say that a person claimed to have had Mary appear to them in a way similar to the Marian apparitions of Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, etc. What is the process of the Church approving a Marian apparition ...
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According to Catholicism how does a person discriminate between hearing the true word of God versus a hallucination or a demon? [on hold]

How does the Catholic Church answer this question: Suppose you hear God make you a commandment, how do you differentiate that from either your own internal monologue or from an imposter angel or ...
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According to Catholicism did God conspire with Satan to kill Job’s children?

Did Satan and God have a conversation in which Satan says he wants to bring harm to Job’s family and then God provides Satan with permission to do so. And then Satan kills Job’s children!
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Why do the faithful have to say “And with your spirit ” in the Catholic Mass?

In the Catholic Holy Mass (Ordinary Form of the Mass in the Latin rite), the prayer for peace is said more than once . But, when the priest says "Peace be with you"the faithful respond by saying "And ...
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According to Catholicism, why did the robbers strip the traveler to Jericho?

At Luke 10:30 (NRSVCE) we meet the traveler to Jericho who was saved by the Good Samaritan, in a vivid narrative given by Jesus: " Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and ...
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According to Catholic church, is a catholic confession effective if it is part of a calculated plan?

The question is about a model of a Catholic believer who is knowingly planning and repeating a systematic sin and then relying on effective confession. For example a man who describes himself as a ...
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What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the Thomistic understanding of vocation?

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the Thomistic understanding of vocation and how is the action of the Holy Spirit manifest when one is being called to religious state? Related questions: ...
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How did the “dubia cardinals” accuse and respond to Pope Francis's «Amoris Lætitia»?

How did the "dubia cardinals" accuse and respond to Pope Francis's Amoris Lætitia?
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Is Pope Francis holding and professing different views from the traditional Catholic church in the doctrine of salvation & teachings about marriage? [on hold]

Is Pope Francis holding and professing different views from the traditional Catholic church in the doctrine of salvation & teachings about marriage? Does Pope Francis believe & profess that ...
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Could the thorn that was given to Paul be a mortal sin?

In the 2 Cor 12:7-10 we read about Paul thorn: And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to ...
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Is there an ontological change in human nature after Jesus Passion and resurrection?

I came across this passage from Jacques Servais, commenting on Thomas Aquinas’ view on Christ’s Passion: God himself acts in human nature by regenerating it from within. He, in fact, wanted, to ...
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Does Catholicism allow rebaptism? [duplicate]

I'm Catholic and have made all my sacraments. I'm going to Israel and am interested in being baptized in the Jordan River. Is this allowed?
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Where can I find the Graduale Romanorum in Latin or Croatian in physical format?

I've been looking for the official Graduale Romanorum which sanctions which hymns, chants, etc. are allowed to be performed during Mass. Unfortunately, I could only find the Latin version in digital ...
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Is the Theology of the Body in line with traditional Thomistic teaching on marriage?

Question: Is the Theology of the Body in line with traditional Thomistic teaching on marriage? It seems to me that the love of husband and wife is sometimes brought to the level of adornment which ...
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How would Jesus have addressed St. Joseph?

At Luke 2:48 we read of St. Mary's complaint to Jesus for giving them a scare, by `getting lost'at the Temple: "His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I ...
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Did the young rich man sin by not following Jesus?

We read in the Gospel of Matthew 19:16-30 the story of the rich young man. The Rich and the Kingdom of God Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to ...
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Can a Christian in a state of grace know that they are?

Based on the question "Should Catholics in a state of grace call themselves sinners?" Does Catholic doctrine allow for such a person to come to know of their state of grace while living?
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Should Catholics in a state of grace call themselves sinners?

The Bible says our righteousness is a filthy rag(works) it also says we are the righteous of God in Christ Jesus. As a Catholic at a state of grace is it right to still call myself a sinner when I ...
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Is there anyone in heaven? (Catholicism)

In Catholicism people pray to the saints, angels and the Virgin Mary. Is then, in Catholicism, heaven filled, besides angels, with the saints and the Virgin Mother?
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Why doesn't the Pope wear a biretta?

In several places around the Internet I have seen it stated that the Pope does not wear a biretta. Why not? Is it merely that there are no occasions when he would, because he is always presiding over ...
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Does the Catholic Church put the death of Samson in the category of suicide?

At Judges 16: 289-30 (NRSVCE) we see the account of death of Samson: Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “Lord God, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God, so that with this one ...
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Does the Catholic Church explain why Jesus only appeared in short apparitions to his followers post-resurrection?

The Gospels give the account of ten apparitions of Jesus, which he allowed his followers after the resurrection. The longest time he spent with them was perhaps during the co-journey to Emmaus, that ...
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What is the proper title for someone who was a pope and is now canonized as a saint?

There are a number of men who became Pope who were later canonized as a saint, such as John Paul II and Paul VI. What is the proper title (in English) for such individuals when referring to them today ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying 'to the right of the boat '?

We see at Luke 5:3-4 (NRSVCE) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. ...
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What are the relationships of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?

According to Catholic theology, what are the relationships of the seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?
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Can a Bishop forbid some literature to the faithful under his rule?

Can a Bishop, forbid the reading of some books (or any kind of literature) to faithful under his rule, in such a way, that it would be sinful for the faithful to not follow his advice?
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What non-canonical texts do Eastern Catholic liturgies use?

There are some books considered to be canonical by (some) Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Churches, but not by the Latin Church. E.g. 3+4 Maccabees. The Eastern Catholic Churches kept their own ...
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Why is there a need for a sacrifice by Jesus?

In the biblical texts of Genesis, God is the one who creates everything into existence. If that was the case then why would God need to send Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity? God should ...
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What was the impetus for restoring the Consecration of a Virgin in the 20th Century?

The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins says the following about their sacramental: The Consecration of a Virgin is one of the oldest sacramentals in the Church, and one of the fruits ...
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If an Eastern Rite Catholic marries in the Western rite, does he/she need to formally change rites?

All the Eastern rites of the church are in communion with the Pope, else they would be a variant of Orthodox Christianity. However, say there was an Eastern Rite man marrying a Western Rite woman. ...
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Do Catholics believe in other apparitions like Mary? Or is she unique in this respect?

From the outside looking in, it appears that the Catholic believe that Mary has and does appear to people somewhat frequently. It seems to be called "apparitions" . You read more about them on this ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”?

What I am not asking about: Glossolalia, as practiced by Charismatics in the modern day. What I am asking about: St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain and travelled as far north as Germany and ...
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How does Catholic Church adapt its dogma to the tremendous changes that happen in human society? [duplicate]

Introduction I have recently read 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari which also deals with some issues the religion has faced or might face in the 21st century (source): In the ...
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Tackling Catholic philosophy and theology

I'd like to read and understand Catholic theology, philosophy and Tradition as best as I can. I'm a biologist and not a philosopher/theologian -- and as such, I cannot (and thus far have not) ...
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Can a Catholic priest excommunicate someone for premarital sex?

I was a Catholic. I did my sacraments according to the Catholic lifestyle. When I was born, I was baptized. Around age of 8 years, I got my First Holy Communion, and around 14 years of age, I went to ...
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Aren't Romans Catholics cults? As they have different doctrine comparing to Christianity [closed]

In Christianity, the churches always teach about the doctrine of Christianity, the fundamental beliefs, how Christian view God as a Trinity God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equally al-...
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Can an indulgence be obtained for a deceased non-Catholic Christian?

The Manual of Indulgences published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states that The faithful can obtain partial or plenary indulgences for themselves, or they can apply them to ...
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Should dating couples who put themselves regularly to the occasion of sin be granted absolution if they do not have a will to avoid such situations?

Definitions. dating couple = (young) man and (young) women who have a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship between them. Question. Should dating couple which regularly (or just without any good reason) ...
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Was Jesus good at singing? [closed]

At Matthew 26: 27-30 we see: Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many ...
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Does the text of the 13th Century Vita of St. Dymphna still exist today?

The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia says the following about St. Dymphna: The earliest historical account of the veneration of St. Dymphna dates from the middle of the thirteenth century. Under Bishop ...
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Is it necessary to be contrite for every sin that confession is valid?

Question: Is it necessary for valid confession to be sorry for every sin of which one is aware of? It seems to me that it is necessary to be sorry for every mortal sin of which one is aware, but that ...
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Was there any case of a homosexual priest in the early Church and how did the Church handle that?

Was there any case of a homosexual priest in the early Church and how did the Church handle that (if it occurred)?
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Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?

Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?
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Was any transgender person ever ordained as a Catholic priest?

We find this entry in the Wikipedia: "Theodora of Alexandria was a saint and Desert Mother who was married to a prefect of Egypt. In order to perform penance for a sin she committed, she disguised ...
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What is the origin of Angel of God prayer?

What is the origin of Angel of God prayer?
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Was the disagreement between the disciples in Acts inspired by the Holy Spirit? [duplicate]

At Acts 15:36-41 (NRSVCE)we see : " After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are ...
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Whether Ignatian spiritual exercises are good for the discernment of vocation according to Thomistic understanding of vocation?

All I know about Ignatian spiritual exercises was orally transmitted to me from priests and others, therefore I may misunderstand Ignatian spiritual exercises and in that case please correct me. ...
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Whether beatific vision gives us univocal knowledge of God?

Here on this world, we can have only analogous (analogy of proper proportionality) knowledge of God. When someone attains the beatific vision, does he have univocal knowledge of God? If not, is ...
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Patron saint of professional excellence? Professional excellence and holiness?

Are there saints that were excellent at performing their duties as professionals? Of course, there can be legends that Saint Joseph was perfect master, but there is no evidence of his dedication, ...
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Does the “fullness of time” in Galatians 4:4 depends on Mary's state of grace?

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. (Galatians 4:4) When God finally sent angel Gabriel, the encounter begins with an unusual greeting ...