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What would happen if the Mass were not celebrated worldwide on a given day?

For example, if no Mass were celebrated worldwide this Sunday, what would happen? Is there any teaching in Catholicism about this? It doesn't necessarily have to be on a Sunday; it could be on a ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are demonic unclean spirits the ghosts of dead humans, or the presence of fallen angels?

1 Samuel 28:7-8 ESV The Medium of Endor Raises the Spirit of Samuel Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his ...
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What are the Biblical arguments against Transubstantiation?

Catholics believe that the bread and wine in the communion change into the body and blood (and divinity) of the Lord Jesus Christ. They taught that the bread and wine are no longer bread and wine ...
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Why did Jesus come?

This is an honest question and I would just like to know why "Jesus". "God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, can God the Father and Jesus disagree?

According to Catholic Tradition, can God the Father and Jesus disagree? Or are they incapable of disagreement?
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Did St. John Vianney Ever Directly Say Anything About Scruples?

I am currently working on a project devoted to the thoughts of the Curé of Ars (St. John Vianney) on various topics. One of the topics is scruples. St. Alphonsus Liguori, for instance, has this to ...
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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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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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How does a Roman Catholic reconcile a preference for purely procreative sex with the Song of Solomon?

Premise #1: The Roman Catholic Church teaches that sex is for procreation Peter Turner has an excellent answer to the question on Onan. In it, he suggests that Onan really was misusing sex, and that ...
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How much did the Cross of Jesus weigh?

Catholic tradition tells us that Jesus fell three times under the weight of the cross on His way to Calvary. I wish to know if any studies based on historical evidence have been conducted by ...
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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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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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What is the wording used for Christadelphian baptism?

The top answer currently on the question Would a person baptized by a Biblical Unitarian church be considered a Christian by the Catholic Church? links to a document Valid baptisms reference list from ...
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What is the earliest source containing the 'Stabat Mater' melody from the 1961 Liber Usualis?

I would like to find the earliest source containing the Stabat Mater melody on page 1634V from The Liber Usualis, Solesmes, 1961 edition: If the earliest source is not known, I would like a source ...
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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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Is it mandatory for a Roman Catholic girl to convert to Syrian Orthodox if the boy is of the Syrian Oriental Church, in the case of marriage?

If a woman is Roman Catholic, and a man is from Kerala, from the Malankara Orthodox Syrian church, and they wish to marry, does the woman need to convert to Syrian Orthodoxy? According to the Syrian ...
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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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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 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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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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According to Catholicism, what is the difference between forgiveness and release from punishment?

The first thing to note is that forgiveness of a sin is separate from punishment for the sin. Through sacramental confession we obtain forgiveness, but we aren't let off the hook as far as punishment ...
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What was the old style of penance, before modern indulgences?

In this answer, it is mentioned that the times listed for various indulgences corresponds not to that amount of time off Purgatory, but to a remission equivalent to what one would get from performing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where did St. Catherine of Siena say "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring."?

Where did St. Catherine of Siena say "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring."?
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Had Jesus formally been given authority to preach in the synagogue?

At Luke 4:16-17 we read: " When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet ...
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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 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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What did Aquinas do for recreation?

Question: What did St. Thomas Aquinas do for fun? We know that he was a brilliant mind who wrote many good works. However, even he himself says that games and having fun are good for one's soul (I am ...
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From the perspective of Catholicism are there any non-Catholic saints?

I'm writing about Catholicism and from what I extracted of a conversation with a priest friend of mine, When we ask a Saint for intercession, we need to know that person is alive in heaven. Before ...
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Was any Doctor of the Church martyred?

Was any Doctor of the Church martyred?
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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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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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Would every prayer without pre-written words be called mental prayer?

Some people people say that we have two kinds of prayer, i.e. vocal and mental prayer. When I looked up the term mental prayer in Catholic dictionary I found this: "The form of prayer in which ...
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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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Hugh of Saint-Cher's complete Bible commentary (Postillæ in totam Bibliam)?

"Hugh of Saint-Cher († 1263) was the second Dominican Master of Theology in Paris, and the first Dominican cardinal" (n. 39) who, "through the persuasion of Master [St.] Albert [the ...
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Praying to people outside the Trinity?

I understand that the Catholic Church direct some prayers to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. For me it would be strange to address my prayers to anyone outside the Holy Trinity. Do Catholics pray to any ...
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Did the Annunciation and Good Friday coincide?

As we know, Good Friday falls on March 25 (2016) this year. In Catholic and Orthodox Churches, March 25 is also the Feast of the Annunciation. A priest friend of mine, told me there was once a ...

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