Questions tagged [catholicism]

The Catholic Church and its teachings and views on specific subjects.

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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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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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Pre-Vatican II guidelines for vestments

I am looking for Pre-Vatican II sources of guidelines (norms) for vestment making, including their traditional guidelines for lining colors for the priestly vestments that priests wear at the altar, ...
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In Aquinas's first proof of God's existence, what is the difference between accidentally and essentially ordered causal series?

I'm reading «Teología Natural» by Ángel Luis González. In the book, it is stated that St. Thomas Aquinas' viae would allow an indefinite series of causes. He distiguishes between two causes. The ...
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What is the significance of priest breaking the bread (Host) in a Catholic mass?

In a Catholic mass, just before the distribution of communion to people, the priest breaks the Host in to pieces and people simultaneously acclaim: Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, ...
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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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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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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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How long can the Catholic Church be without a pope?

According to Wikipedia the longest papal election in the history of the Catholic Church was from November 1268 to September 1, 1271. How long can the Catholic Church be without a pope so that we can ...
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In the Catholic Church, what are the options for a person whose spouse abandons them?

In the Catholic Church, a marriage is considered a life-long state that can't be dissolved. However, it sometimes happens that one spouse abandons the other. For example, let's assume Alice is married ...
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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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In Catholic understanding when there is more than one Pope, who decides which Pope is real and by what criteria?

I know at various periods of history cardinals were split submitting to multiple competing popes. However as they die, eventually only one Pope is considered the 'real' infallible Pope, and the others ...
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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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Why doesn't the Catholic Church give indulgences to everybody, regardless of their works?

In learning about indulgences, I started to wonder why a work was necessary for the giving of an indulgence. In looking at the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it appears to me that a work is ...
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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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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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How can one offer Christ's sacrifice to God?

I'd like to know what is the Catholic theology behind offering Jesus's suffering to the Father. I'm trying to understand this prayer (from St. Bridget's 12-Year Prayer) more deeply: Eternal ...
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What is the distinction between Consubstantial and One in Being?

The New Translation of the Roman Missal is going to be put into use in Advent 2011 and there is a change made to the Nicene Creed. one in Being with the Father. is going to be consubstantial ...
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Is the Vulgate the official version of the bible for entire Catholic Church, or just the Latin Church?

The Latin Vulgate is considered to be the official version of the bible of the Roman Catholic church. I'm wondering if this means it is only the official version of the Roman Catholic Church, or does ...
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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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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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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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Why are the disciples addressed differently in different contexts?

At John 21: 4-5 we see a post-resurrection event when Jesus addresses the disciples as children: Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was ...
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Is there any evidence to support the claim that the Apostle St. Peter founded the Church in Antioch and, if so, what are the implications?

According to tradition, the Apostle Peter founded the Church in Antioch in A.D. 34 and is regarded as the first Bishop of Antioch. Here are a few extracts from sources I found regarding this claim: ...
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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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Does CCC 2291 imply smoking is sinful?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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Does the Devil hate Latin? [closed]

Does the Devil hate Latin? What I'm looking for? Is there any biblical references to support this or have any traditions put a truth in these assertions... perhaps personal encounters or testimonies ...
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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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How many Catholics believe in Transubstantiation?

Have there ever been any studies or surveys of reasonably significant size that indicate how many Catholics believe in transubstantiation or would at least claim that they do?
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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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According to the Catholic Church, does purgatory have a symbol? [closed]

I haven't found it on the internet. Are there any symbols for purgatory, or related to purgatory?
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Why are there Sybils and Prophetesses in the Sistine Chapel?

For what purpose did Michelangelo add each Sybils or Prophetesses to the ceiling of the Sistine chapel? This is an explanation to why they're there in the first place. The latter, although ...
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Schism leading to present day Christian Churches?

I was reading about schisms in Christianity. I could found out a few schisms which has lead to the generation of new churches. But many of those churches were died out after sometime but some of them ...
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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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Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolize penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolize penance? This question does not have its' answer in the difference between the two forms of the ...
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What is the meaning behind this coin of Pope St. John Paul II?

I have in my possession a big coin in a nice box with the papal heraldry of Pope St. John Paul II. I am very curious Where this coin came from and why this coin exists. I have found many ...
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Did Jesus's rational soul or His spirit descend into hell?

Jesus said on the Cross: "Father into your hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). The Apostles' Creed says: "Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. And then Jesus ...
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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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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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What is the Catholic interpretation of Romans 14:5?

Romans 14:5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. All kinds of blessings are in the ...
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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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Why was the first man called Adam?

I have started reading the Bible and I have found that in Genesis 2.19 the first man is already called Adam without any previous reference to this name. But when it comes to Eve there is a clear ...
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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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Is the type of love shared between all heavenly members an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in the Bible? (Catholic perspective)

Does the Catholic Church teach that the type of love shared between all heavenly members is an affectionate brotherly love mentioned in the Bible, for example, in Romans 12:10 and 2 Peter 1:5-7? ...
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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?