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How do Catholics answer the question of idol worship within the faith?

I'm in no way trying to be disrespectful or anything like that and please do not take it as such. I would like to know how Catholics reconcile the fact that the Bible states: 4. Thou shalt not make ...
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Does the Catholic Church have an official position on medical passes ('vaccine passes') being required to attend Mass?

I have already asked a question about the more general issue of medical passes ('vaccine passes') here Does the Catholic Church have an official position on domestic 'health passes' or '...
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Are there instances of miracles that are officially recognized by non-Catholic denominations?

The Catholic Church is well-known for its strictness in evaluating before officially accepting concrete instances of miracles. According to Wikipedia: The Catholic Church believes miracles are works ...
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According to Catholicism, was Adam with Eve when the serpent tempted her?

Genesis 3 says that the serpent addressed the woman: Gen. 3:1 "the serpent […] said to the woman" Gen. 3:4 "the serpent said to the woman" Gen. 3:6 is that chapter's first ...
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What is a year dedicated to a certain saint or something else?

What is a year dedicated to a certain saint or something else? Is it important? Does it require anything in particular of Catholics?
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Why is Primacy of Conscience taught and what degree of certainty is it in the Catholic Church?

I have collected various Catholic editorial headlines about this… “The Catholic Church has always held to the primacy of conscience and taught that individuals must follow their consciences even when ...
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According to Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the deuterocanonical books?

According to Wikipedia, the deuterocanonical books include: Canonical for the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church: Tobit Judith Baruch Sirach 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees Wisdom Additions to ...
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Do Catholics view atheism as a sin?

Are there any passages in the Holy Bible or any Catholic doctrine saying that it is a sin to be an atheist? Please, don't refer to me any Biblical assertion where it is stated that you should follow ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile the two different narratives of behavior of the thieves in Calvary as reported in Mtt 27 and Lk 23?

We read in Mtt 27:38-44 (NRSVCE) : Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, ......The bandits who were crucified with him also ...
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How did traditional Catholic teachings s determine the sides on which the Good Thief and the Bad Thief respectively hanged?**

We read in Luke 23: 39-42, of the two thieves crucified with Jesus and the way they looked at Jesus: One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Why does the laity (and sometimes the priest) cross themselves 3 time before the Gospel is read? Like holding hands during the Lord's Prayer, and unlike bowing at the mention of the Incarnation ...
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How do Christians who see Scripture as self-evidently inspired explain that Catholics, Protestants and Mormons have different sacred scriptures?

There are Christians who believe that there is no need to argue intellectually / apologetically for the divine inspiration of Scripture, since Scripture proves itself, by virtue of being self-...
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What is the Roman Catholic view on using the term 'orthodox', particularly in regard to Eastern Orthodoxy?

The terms orthodox and catholic have immense significance to those that seek to make exclusive truth claims about their particular Christian Tradition. Both Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox trace ...
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Does the delayed burial of Jesus attest to the fact that he had no close relatives other than his mother?

As per the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus breathed his last at 3.00 p.m.on Friday (27: 46-50) We read again in Mtt 27: 57-58 : When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named ...
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Does an act being intrinsically evil ensure culpability?

According to Catholicism, only mortal sins result in condemnation and a mortal sin requires the act to be grave matter and to have been committed with full knowledge and consent of the will. But the ...
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In light of Traditionis Custodes, is the TLM celebrated by a well known schismatic Priest an invalid Mass?

In light of Traditionis Custodes, is the TLM celebrated by a well known schismatic Priest an invalid Mass? The recent motu proprio of Pope Francis spoke more on "disunity" rather than the ...
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Are the Orthodox who are in schism with Rome able to celebrate the sacraments of Marriage and Reconciliation validly?

Marriage and Reconciliation are different from the other sacraments in that jurisdiction to celebrate them has a bearing on their validity, according to the Catholic Church. This is why there has been ...
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What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about covenant theology?

In Reformed theology, there are summary theological constructs termed the covenant of works, the covenant of grace, and the covenant of redemption. In short, the covenant of works encompasses the path ...
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According to the the Catholic Church is ASMR an illicit form of self-stimulation?

I was looking through my daughter's Internet history and found that she was watching something called ASMR on youtube. My wife and I watched these things and we were totally enthralled listening to ...
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During communion, when does the wafer stop being Jesus' body?

So according to Catholicism, the wafer/wine becomes Jesus' body/blood instantly when the priest says so, but when does it stop being Jesus' body/blood? When it is chewed up, or when it is in the ...
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Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening?

Why are babies dressed in white during a Roman Catholic christening (aka baptism)? Is the color symbolic or anything? Can any other color be worn? Similarly, are there some sort of color restrictions ...
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According to the Catholic Church is there anything special about a heartbeat?

This response to the fetal heartbeat anti-abortion bill passed in Texas got me thinking about whether the heartbeat detection stage was rather arbitrary or in line with some sort of idea about ...
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How can I best communicate I'm a lutheran evangelic as per the German definition?

It seems to me that in the States if you are a Christian but not a Catholic, you're automatically thrown into the huge (and negatively viewed) pot that is Protestantism. I have many (Catholic) ...
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According to Catholic Church, what are the wider connotations of the Ninth Commandment?

We read in Mtt 5: 27-28: You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in ...
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Why did St. Jerome place Peter's letters after James's letter if Peter was the leader of the apostles and the church?

The Catholic Church believes Peter to be the leader of the apostles. Also, by the time that Pope Damasus I commissioned St. Jerome with the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible (AD 382), the papacy ...
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What is the "remedy of concupiscence"?

The "quieting of concupiscence" (remedium concupiscentiae) is one of the secondary ends of the sacrament of matrimony (cf. Casti Connubii §59), but what exactly is it? How does it "...
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Has the Catholic Church taken cognizance of the theory that the terminal cause of Jesus's death on the cross was heart-failure?

We read in Mark 15: 42-44: "When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that flogging was an additional punishment meted out to Jesus on the bonafide intervention of Pilate?

We read in Jn 18:38-40 and 19:1 the narrative prior to the Crucifixion of Jesus: "After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. But you have ...
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Is an out-of-the body-experience (OBE) possible according to the Catholic Church?

If an OBE is the situation that the soul leaves the body for a while, could this be possible as the Catholic Church states that body and soul are actually one entity.
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In Catholic art imagery, how is hell symbolized?

In Catholic art and imagery how is hell symbolized? If a symbol does exist for it, why was this particular symbol chosen? In other words, does hell have a symbol?
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Do Catholics have to request a religious exception for matters of conscience from their parish priest?

There are numerous stories on the National Catholic Register about Bishops who have decided to prohibit priests in their dioceses from granting religious exceptions for Covid-19 vaccines. Is there ...
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According to Catholicism, would it be wrong for a husband to intentionally eat in such a way as to decrease fertility?

Contraception is not OK according to the Catholic Church, with the exception of fertility awareness methods (FAMs), which involve abstinence when a woman is in the part of her cycle where she is ...
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What is the implication of "munus"?

In the Declaratio, Pope Emeritus Benedictus XVI renounced the exercise of the munus, but not the munus itself. So what is the munus and what are the implications of the renunciation of the exercise ...
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Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and the Prophecy of the Popes?

While reading the Prophecy of the Popes, I noticed that the entry for the 111 Pope in the series reads: Glory of the olive (Gloria oliviae). Wikipedia's article on this subject states: Proponents of ...
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Do the teachings of Catholic Church prohibit the use of “Amen” for purposes other than prayers?

Amen is a secular word of Greek and Hebrew origin, and is used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion). The Church has been associating ...
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If Catholics have to be open to new life how can they practice Natural Family Planning?

I listened to a Christoper West audio recordings where he explains the theology of the body of JP2 writings. He keeps on saying how important it is to be open to new life within the marital act(sex). ...
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What is the Catholic position on Exodus 20:4?

This weekend my son and I participated in our Scouting council's annual Ten Commandments hike in which we walked to 10 different churches and heard a short talk on each of the 10 commandments from ...
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Mary as the road that we must travel in order to reach God?

According to Pope Francis: Mary is not only the bridge joining us to God; she is more. She is the road that God travelled to reach us, and the road that we must travel in order to reach him. How do ...
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What miracles were reported during the transferral of St. Monica's relics to Rome?

St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, died at Ostia in 387. Her relics are now held in the Basilica of St. Augustine (mother church of the Order of Saint Augustine); they and the sepulchre that ...
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How would the Catholic Church reconcile 1 Thess 4:13 (which suggests soul sleep) with the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

1 Thess 4:13 (Douay-Rheims) says: For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again; even so them who have slept through Jesus, will God bring with him. Or, in a more modern English 1 Thess 4:14 (...
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What was the impetus for restoring the consecration of virgins for women living in the world 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 of ...
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Would it be possible to get married in church and in a mosque if I am Catholic and my girlfriend is Muslim? (have two weddings) [duplicate]

Would it be an invalid marriage or is there a possibility that we can both show and make our marriage legal before God?
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St. Mary Magdalene meets Jesus in a garden Jn. 20:15, parallel to Song of Song's garden?

Has any Catholic exegete ever noted the parallel between St. Mary Magdalene's meeting Jesus in a garden (cf. her mistaking Him as a gardener in Jn. 20:15) with the garden of Solomon's Song of Songs? ...
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Why does the priest say the words of the consecration in a low tone in the EF when Jesus probably did not say it in a low tone?

In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (the so-called "Tridentine Mass" or "Latin Mass") the words of the consecration are said in a low tone. In the Ordinary Form they are said in ...
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What is the purpose of life according to Catholic and Orthodox Churches?

Question What do the Catholic and Orthodox Churches say is the (or the main or highest) purpose of human life for the regenerate? Background Recent efforts to discover what “Christianity” says is the ...
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Which medieval theologian said fornication with a more beautiful woman is less sinful?

Many years ago I read that a certain theologian said fornication with a more beautiful woman is less sinful than with an uglier one. Which medieval theologian was this, and how did he argue his ...
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What are the strongest apologetic arguments in defense of the veracity of the doctrine of Intercession of Saints?

From Wikipedia: Intercession of the Saints is a doctrine held by the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Roman Catholic Churches. The practice of praying through Saints can be found in Christian ...
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Why does Genesis not specifically mention the creation of water?

We read of the first day of Creation in Gen 1:1-4: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a ...
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Contradiction between God's mercy being greater than ours and Jesus' harsh words about who will end up in hell

We believe that God is supremely good and merciful, far more than we are. At the same time, I see in myself that I would not condemn anyone to hell, even villains like Hitler and Stalin. Perhaps I’d ...
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Was God "unmerciful" to Ananias & Sapphira in Acts 5:1-10?

Mercy in the words of the Popes; “God’s face is the face of a merciful Father who is always patient. Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience he has with each one of us? That is his mercy. ...

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