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Questions tagged [catholicism]

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

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How has opinion on the death penalty among American Catholics shifted since 1974?

In 1974, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "by a substantial majority, voted to declare its opposition to capital punishment" (source). In 1980, it reaffirmed this stance in ...
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Thomistic Predestination and Free Will

What is the role of free will in Thomistic predestination? My understanding of Thomist teachings: people have free will to do what they want everyone gets sufficient amount of grace (Sufficient for ...
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What is the Catholic Church's historical position on capital punishment: how did we get here?

It's big news in the internet today. Pope Francis declares death penalty unacceptable in all cases. The Pope made specific changes to the catechism reflecting this. From the New York Times: ...
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Marriage non catholic and divorced [duplicate]

I am a baptized Christian (church of England). I was married in a civil ceremony (Registry office in the UK) 15 years ago but divorced 10 years ago. My ex wife was never baptized. My fiancee is ...
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Does the word “touch” in Genesis 3:3 orginate from Eve or Satan?

The Serpent's Deception The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden, but of the fruitof the tree in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You must not eat of ...
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Is there a dogmatic or theological (yet not dogmatic) justification for kneeling before a statue/icon of the Virgin Mary?

We Catholics keel when praying in front of an icon representing God (e.g. a statue of Jesus, or a crucifix as in some confessionals), or during an Eucharistic Adoration. However, some people also ...
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Does Catholicism or any church father make a connection between Eve and Mary in Genesis 2:18 and John 14:26?

Genesis 2:18 New International Version (NIV) "The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”(Genesis2:18) and John 14:26 New King ...
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What is the rationale for not making the Sign of the Cross after receiving Communion?

I was taught that is was an unnecessary act to make the Sign of the Cross after receiving communion and that what you just did (receiving Jesus) took precedence over signing yourself. What is the ...
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How much can holy water be diluted?

My question is kind of similar to this one, but more specific. There's a lot of conflicting information on the internet regarding diluting the holy water. Some people suggest that the water must be ...
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What do these verses mean?

I was singing in a choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia. One of the lyrics was as follows: God will give him the throne of David, his father. The Lord swore an oath to David; ...
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How do I know when to cross myself during Mass (Novus Ordo)?

I've been going to Catholic (Latin Rite) Mass my whole life and am constantly surprised by the different times that people will cross themselves during the Liturgy. I only do it when the Priest says ...
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What particular action that is in excess to God's Permissive Will did Satan commit in the Garden of Eden?

Reading God's judgement on Adam & Eve and Satan would allow us to see and understand that Satan had done something in excess that merited not just a punishment but a "curse". We can see from the ...
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How did Isidore of Seville become the patron saint of the Internet and computer programmers?

According to Wikipedia, Isidore of Seville (not to be confused with Isidore the Laborer) is the patron saint of the Internet and computer programmers. Unfortunately, the current revision doesn't ...
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Pope says Heaven apart from Christian faith?

In this article, ‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope is a heart wrenching story and would be a very difficult question to field admittedly. A young boy asks if his recently departed ...
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Does the Catholic Church allow annulments in the case of infertility?

Mary marries John and both have good intentions of living together and raising a family. After x years it's discovered that one cannot have children and nothing can be done medically. Can the other ...
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Is the Gloria primarily a song of repentance, contrition and forgiveness or of praise?

In the Gloria, we sing: Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to men of good will. We praise You. We bless You. We adore you. We glorify You. We give You thanks for Your great glory. O ...
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If faith is a gift from God, and atheists (might) go to hell, is God ultimately willing to send atheists to hell? (Catholic perspective)

Premise 1: Faith is a gift from God. So says St. Thomas Aquinas here. Also, according to the Dogmatic Constitution of the Catholic Church De Fide Catholica Et De Ecclesia Christi: ... the Catholic ...
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Was any early martyr of the Church sawn in two, as mentioned in Hebrews?

In Hebrews 11:35–37 the author writes: ...Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and ...
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Who are the lambs in John 21:15?

At a recent bible study with some lay missionaries, the lay sister leading the study indicated that the lambs in John 21:15 represent the apostles. She was unable to explain why we might think that ...
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What is the difference between Jesus “resurrected body” and Mary's “glorified body”?

Jesus is Ascended into Heaven with a "resurrected body". Mary was Assumed into Heaven with a "glorified body? Revelation 21:27 "Nothing defiled shall enter the Kingdom..." I put a question ...
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What was the significance of thirty pieces of silver Judas was offered for betraying Jesus?

At Matthew 26:14-15 we read: Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces ...
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What is the meaning of “Advocata Nostra” according to Catholic Tradition & Teaching?

The famous hymn "Salve Regina" in Latin contains the words "Advocata Nostra" and it is recited at the end of the Holy Rosary. What is the meaning of that phrase "Advocata Nostra" according to Church ...
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What is the logic behind the present arrangement of Seven Sacraments?

As per Catholic Catechism, the Seven Sacraments are sequenced in the following order : Baptism, Confirmation , Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony But, that is not ...
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What is the purpose of offering a mass for someone?

I recently made a donation to a Catholic organization and was told that, as a thank you, a mass would be offered for me. What does this mean? Does this mean that I have "sponsored" the mass in the ...
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Jesus said I am the Way, how does the Catholic Church best explain this passage?

John 14:6 New International Version (NIV) "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." This passage from St.John Gospel had a strong ...
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How does the Catholic Church choose the patron saint of a parish church?

I’m Catholic, and have been since birth. I attend parish of St. Francis in Bakersfield, California. I have noticed recently, that all Catholic Churches, for the most part are named after a Saint, i.e....
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How real is Matthew 4:1-2 in terms of physical realities?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came to Him (Matt. 4:1-2)....
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Is it in anyway lawfully possible for the Catholic Church to one day recognize the Anglican Church as having valid orders?

Is it in anyway lawfully possible for the Catholic Church to one day recognize the Anglican Church as having valid orders? If not why? If yes?...does the present day scope and political spectrum ...
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Why did Jesus treat the dove-sellers at the Temple with kindness?

At John 2:14-16 (NRSVCE) we read: " In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of ...
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Why have a photo of the bishop in the sacristy?

In many (most? all?) Catholic sacristies, there is a photograph of the diocesan bishop, and often one of the Pope. Why? (Authoritative sources preferred to anecdote.)
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Can a catholic who has not been confirmed be a godparent? [duplicate]

Can a baptized catholic who has not been confirmed be a godparent? How long does it take to get confirmed as an adult?
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How to reconcile Aquinas' analogical view of God with God's self-revelation?

We use language to describe God. However, Aquinas argues in Summa Theologiae that we can only make analogical statements about God, in which our language is incapable of truly grasping or describing ...
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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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What is the meaning when Jesus said “I commend my spirit” in Luke 23:46?

Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” And when He had said this, He breathed His last.(Luke 23:46) The Catholic Church teaches the Jesus Christ was True ...
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Are the Seven Sorrows of Mary the seven pillars in Proverbs 9:1?

Proverbs 9:1 English Standard Version (ESV) "Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars." "HEWN" (Thesaurus) Adj. 1. hewn - cut or shaped with hard blows of a heavy cutting ...
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Was Mary’s appearance to St.James the Greater in year 40 AD an apparition or bilocation?

Tradition has it that the Blessed Virgin Mary, sometime before her bodily Assumption into heaven, appeared to the Apostle St. James the Elder while he was living and preaching in Spain. After ...
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What did Jesus mean by “ many” beneficiaries of His ensuing blood-shed?

At Matthew 26:27-28 (NRSVCE) we read: 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 ...
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Are there any Church traditions or legends that state what species of fish Tobias caught in the Book of Tobit?

Are there any Church traditions or legends that state what species of fish the young man Tobias caught in the Book of Tobit according to the Catholic, Orthodox or other local churches of the East? ...
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Was Mary given a glorified or “spiritual body” like the resurrected body of Jesus while on earth?

In the 4th Dogma of Assumption Mary was assumed "body & soul" into heaven. Scriptures tells us nothing defiled shall enter the Kingdom of God...(Rev21:27) And also Gospel of Luke 24:36-ff ...
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Can a priest administer last rites to himself?

In Catholicism, is a priest allowed to administer the "last rites" to himself (assuming no one else is there to do it for him)?
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Is it true that anyone who prays the rosary cannot be touched by Satan?

Fr.Gabrielle Amorth a famous deceased Rome Chief Exorcist who performed a record breaking 50,000 Exorcism Rite or even higher figures said the above phrase; "Anyone who prays the rosary cannot be ...
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What happens if the Pope is automatically excommunicated?

Some actions incur automatic excommunication. While it is debated whether a Pope can lose the office via heresy, what happens if a pope commits a sin other than heresy, such as abortion or violating ...
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Why does Humanae Vitae not mention involuntary celibates/singles?

I was reading Humanae Vitae today and noticed that there's no section for people who want to date and get married (involuntary singles/celibates), but women never give them a chance to go on a date ...
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On Amillenialism and the Catholic Church

My Question: Is amillenialism an ordinary (fallible) or extraordinary (infallible) teaching of the Catholic Church? In other words, is it possible to be Catholic while believing in the Millenium ...
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Burial of remains following medical research

I have an friend whose great aunt donated her body to a university for medical research purposes. At the end of their research the science department had the remains cremated. My friend wants to ...
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Help in calculating cousin degree according to Catholic Church

This post is a follow-up from here. I have a distant cousin who have a relationship with me as follows: My dad's sister is a first or second cousin with her uncle, though my dad and her uncle are not ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is it a sin to marry your cousin?

According to the Catholic church, is it a sin to marry your distant cousin? I am looking for two-three answers from someone who is knowledgeable in Catholic ecclesiastical laws: (1) What degree of ...
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Does God cause the punishment or is that the effect of his absence?

Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just ...
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Is a priest's sermon an explanation of bible?

When a priest reads a gospel in mass he ends saying, "the gospel of the Lord", then continues and says today's gospel is about, does this mean that the priest is explaining that part of the bible? Or ...
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According to Catholicism, who is the Wisdom being described in Proverbs 8:22–36?

Proverbs 8:22–36 states the following: 22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,before his deeds of old; 23 I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world ...