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Questions tagged [catholicism]

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

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Why does the Catholic Church use the Latin language of the killers of Jesus?

While reading on Wikipedia I got to thinking why the church uses latin as a language. According to the canonical Gospels, Jesus was arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin, and then sentenced by ...
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In the “Apostles' Creed” were they referring to themselves when they said “holy catholic church”?

I know that the stock answer concerning the identity of "the holy catholic church" is to say that it refers to the "Church Universal". But in all honesty, weren't they talking about Constantine's ...
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Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary did not have pain giving birth to Jesus come from?

Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary's birth of Jesus was painless come from? My wife just got home from a non-denominational study about Mary and she said she thought everybody knew this, but ...
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According to the Catholic Church, why should we pray if God has already decided the best future for all of us?

According to Roman Catholic Church, if God knows everything, including the future (which he does, if he's omniscient) Refer : What is the biblical evidence for God's omnipotence and ...
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How do Catholics respond to claims that Christianity was paganised by the Roman Empire? [on hold]

The Catholic Encyclopaedia seems to suggest that the Church chose this day because it was the day of the Roman celebration: Dies Natalis Solis Invicti — the birthday of Sol Invictus, (the God of ...
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What does the Catholic Church require for a parent's name to appear on the child's baptism certificate?

Does the pastor of a parish, or his representative, have the right in canon law to prevent a parent's name from appearing on the baptismal certificate of their child to be baptized for any reason, ...
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How can a Christian be freed from concupiscence and thereby possess a sinless body?

After the fall of Adam & Eve from pride & disobedience, all mankind inherit original sin. The Catholic Church teaches that the original sin can be removed by the Sacraments of Baptism but the ...
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According to Catholicism, did the Temptation(s) of Jesus take place on the same day?

We see the narratives of Temptation(s) of Christ prior to the commencement of His public life, in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Even though the narratives lead one to believe that all the ...
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What is the envy of Satan to Adam & Eve that resulted in the entry of death in the Garden of Eden?

Wisdom 2:23-25 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) 23 For God created man incorruptible, and to the image of his own likeness he made him. 24 But by the envy of the devil, death came into the ...
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What were the godparent requirements back in the 1960s?

My mother was baptised in the Catholic Church in the 1960s. I received information that her godfather (her uncle on her father's side) might not have been Catholic but rather Anglican. Could an ...
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Where do the scriptures speak of a “Church Universal” on Earth? [on hold]

The Apostles' Creed contains the phrase "I/We believe in the Holy catholic Church". We are told that "Catholic" meant the "universal Church" (though I'm convinced that it was referring to the specific ...
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What does it mean when Archbishop Ganswein stated that Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Petrine Ministry?

Archbishop Gänswein: "Benedict XVI Sees Resignation as Expanding Petrine Ministry". In a speech reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Archbishop Georg Gänswein has confirmed the existence of ...
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Why would a Spanish Catholic priest disapprove of German Catholic texts for Gloria and Sanctus?

I'm a church organist in a Catholic church in Southern Spain, and due to large numbers of German tourists, we have both German-language and Spanish-language services. The words to the Spanish Gloria ...
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What is depicted on this piece of artwork?

Another piece in the belongings of my late grandmother may she rest in peace. This particular piece is a very beautiful piece in my opinion. This is a part of 7 pieces in total. I am really ...
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Contemporary Catholic views on music in the Church: is music for God or for the people?

I'm a non-believer church organist; I just moved to Spain and it's my first time playing regularly for a church service -- this one is Catholic. I want to understand why Catholics have music in the ...
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Did St. Thomas Aquinas deny the Holy Spirit proceeds immediately from the Father alone?

There have been many attempts from among both Catholic1 and Eastern Orthodox2 theologians to revisit the theology behind the eternal procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son in light ...
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What is depicted on this small piece of artwork with Mary and the Apostles?

Another piece in the belongings of my late grandmother may she rest in peace. This particular piece is a very beautiful piece in my opinion. This is a part of 7 pieces in total. Can anyone tell me ...
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Who changed the Fatima prayer?

From the Fatima prayer we read where Mary says: I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. And after each one of the mysteries, my children, I want you to pray in this way: O my Jesus, ...
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Are Roman Catholic priests ever addressed as pastor

I found this Christianity Stack question which asks if Lutherans use pastor or priest: Lutheranism: "Pastor" or "Priest"? However, my question is specifically regarding the Roman ...
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How to propose a change in a prayer?

How can I go about proposing a change in a prayer? Or how can I have the change approved by the Catholic Church or their theologians? I'd like to change the prayer of Hail Mary from: Holy Mary, ...
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How much of the Catholic Mass is inherited from the Jewish Shabbat service?

I was watching this Shabbat video (a service to mark the beginning of the Sabbath, in Friday night), and there seems to be several similarities with the Mass rite (at least the Catholic one). (Notice ...
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How is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated within the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family?

I've heard that in Columbia there is a rich tradition around celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. It's a very important feast in the Catholic Church, but it's usually not observed ...
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Were there any Roman Catholic Church martyrs in the 10–15th centuries?

Do we know of any martyrs from among the Roman Catholic Church that lived during the five centuries before Martin Luther (i.e., 10–15th centuries)? I am especially interested in those who have been ...
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Do Catholics believe that they are actually eating the body of Christ? Does this make them cannibals?

The Roman Catholic celebrates the Holy Eucharist in commemoration of the Last Supper in which during the celebration, Catholics believed that bread and wine are transformed into blood and body of ...
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Apart from Milan is there any other Roman Catholic place where Lent does not start on Ash Wednesday?

In Milan and, I gather, throughout that whole region, Lent does not begin on Ash Wednesday as it does in most Roman Catholic and Protestant areas, but on the following Sunday. A friend told me that ...
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When Did Catholics Cease to Fast as the Orthodox Do?

From what I understand, the Western and Eastern churches fasted identically for a long time: Wednesday and Friday, and the entirety of Lent. Is this untrue? If not, when and why did the Catholics ...
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Is it right today for religious leaders to make Covenants with non christian leaders? [closed]

Is it right in the church today for a religious leader to make any type of covenant regarding worshiping with non Christian beliefs.
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What happened to the wives of priests when celibacy was first instituted in the Catholic church?

Since priests were not originally expected to be celibate, many must have been married when celibacy was first introduced. So what happened to the wives during this time when the institution started?
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What is the biblical basis for the concept of “partial” or “imperfect” communion?

According to Wikipedia, The Catholic Church makes a distinction between full and partial communion. Where full communion exists, there is but one Church. Partial communion, on the other hand, ...
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What kinds of liquids can Catholics have while fasting?

There are times of the year when Catholics are obligated to fast, such as Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. During that time, what kind of liquids are allowed? Water only? Juice? Smoothies? Meal ...
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Is chastity only expressed in virginity?

Blessed Alexandrina da Costa of Balasar On Holy Saturday of 1918, while Alexandrina, Deolinda and a young apprentice were busily sewing, three men violently entered their home and attempted to ...
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Why are the offenses against Blessed Virgin Mary are called blasphemies instead of sin?

There are five types of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception. Blasphemies against Her Perpetual Virginity. ...
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What can be said when applying ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass?

For the first time in my life the minister in the town where I go to Mass while I'm at work said something besides "Remember your are dust and to dust you shall return" when administering ashes. He ...
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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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Could Jesus have married in secret? [closed]

There is no Sin in keeping a marriage private an off the books. Jesus would want his wife children safe and free from persecution. I have always wondered if Jesus could have had a wife in secret? Was ...
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Are we in the Messianic Age? (Catholic perspective)

Asaph, living in the time of David, was one of the ten elders of Jerusalem and a prophet [1 Chronicles 15:19). He is attributed with several Psalms, including 50 and 74. He speaks of the Day of ...
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Why is the Last Place on Earth St. Peter Founded the Seat of his Authority?

The (Roman) Catholic Church agrees that Peter founded different churches, like at Antioch or Rome, but it claims that it is only at the last place Peter lived or died is to where his supposed ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile evolution with original sin?

According to Catholic doctrine: all men inherit ancestral sin from Adam; God descended upon Earth as the Son in order to free mankind from this sin, was crucified, died etc. From the Catechism of ...
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Conversion from Orthodox to Syro Malabar Syrian Catholics

I am a Syro Malabar Syrian Catholic working in Dubai from Gujarat (from Kerala). I am getting married to a Swiss Citizen (Malayali) who is born and brought up in Switzerland and is working in Dubai. ...
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How are doxologies formed for common prayers?

I'm not sure of the exact definition, but a doxology seems to be a prayer tagged at the end which consists of some sort of invocation of the Blessed Trinity. I'm just wondering if the actual words ...
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What does Roman Catholicism teach about the mother of the “Mother of God”: was she sinless too? [duplicate]

Thomas Aquinas discusses Mary as the sinless Mother of God in the Summa Theologica (Third Part, Question 27, Article 4), writing that Mary would not have been worthy to be the Mother of God, if she ...
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What are liturgical honours and privileges for the Patrons of categories of people?

In the Motu Proprio E sancti Thomae Mori proclaiming Saint Thomas More Patron of statesmen and politicans Pope John Paul II. declares: Therefore, after due consideration and willingly acceding to ...
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What are the important gifts and graces given to Mary to become Mother of the Church?

Catholic Church Tradition already embraced the view of Mary's role as Mother of the Church. It says Saint Augustine and Pope Saint Leo the Great both reflected on the Virgin Mary’s importance in the ...
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When are lay men and women permitted to proclaim the Gospel in a Catholic church?

I know that proclaiming the Gospel at Mass is restricted to ordained folks. But, is it permissible for a lay man or woman to lead a word and communion service and read from the Gospel? Can they lead ...
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What theological problem in the Henoticon triggered the excommunication of the Patriarch Acacius, by the Bishop of Rome in the fifth century?

As I read through Oman's treatment of the Dark Ages, I am struck again and again by his references to Catholics (which seems in a contextual sense to mean Christian orthodoxy writ large) and what I ...
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How universal are the “color” masses in the Catholic Church?

In my diocese we have certain "color" masses: Red for legal profession Blue for Police and First Responders White for health care professionals. I also saw something about a Green mass for farmers, ...
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Did St. Joachim prevent the transmission of original sin to Mary by overcoming concupiscence?

St. Joachim is known to live a pious and humble life. If St. Joachim lived according to God's will and followed His inspirations in making a marital procreative act with St. Anne under the grace of ...
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According to Catholicism did Pope Linus know that he was the Pope and Head of the Church?

If the paltry evidence that Linus became the first bishop(?) of Rome it is odd that Paul's letter "Romans" does not mention him while it mentions: Phebe, Priscilla, Aquila, Epaenetus, Mary, Adronicus,...
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How do small groups pray the Liturgy of the Hours?

At my troop's Federation of North American Explorers meetings, the leaders and the boys pray the Liturgy of the Hours together sometimes for our prayer at the end of meetings. We often do it with ...
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Can a priest add his own prayers to the Mass?

Can a priest add other public prayers to the Mass after the dismissal? If so, are those assisting at the Mass obliged to stay and pray those prayers with him?