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Questions tagged [catholicism]

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

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Is there a sound doctrine or biblical explanation why Satan is called “the ape of God”?

I encountered this word in the book entitled "The Devil", I forgot the name of the author. it said Tertullian called Satan the "ape of God" but offer very little explanation. We know from the bible ...
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How does the existence of the Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary fit with the Assumption of Mary?

One site that tourists can visit in Jerusalem is the Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians believe in the Assumption of Mary (that she was taken body and soul ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are Adam and Eve in heaven?

According to this site As we have said elsewhere, Adam and Eve are not called saints in ordinary reference, historical or scriptural. But they may be called saints on their feast day, which is ...
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Why does the Catholic church not sanction the KJV translation?

One of my favorite Bible translations has always been the King James (I suppose because of the medieval feel), but I have always been fascinated by the much longer history of the Catholic Church, I ...
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In John 14:16, according to the Catholic Church, who is the Spirit of Truth?

"And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth" (John 14:16–17, NIV) From Jesus' words the Spirit of Truth is the Holy Spirit, but if ...
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The Holy Bible a Sacramental?

Is the Bible a sacramental because it is a Bible, or must it be blessed by a priest to become the Holy Bible? Also, is there a distinction between the holiness of the Bible as an object, and the ...
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Has the US Catholic Church given an imprimatur to any English Bible translations intended for children?

There are several Bible translations that have an imprimatur in the Catholic Church, such as the New Jerusalem Bible. This Wikipedia article lists other translations with an imprimatur, but as best I ...
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How does Roman Catholicism justify a literal meaning of 'Hoc est meum corpus'?

The words :- τουτο εστιν το σωμα μου το υπερ υμων διδομενον [Stephanus 1550/Elzevir 1624] this is my body which is given for you [KJV 1769 Luke 22:19] and, particularly : hoc est meum ...
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Why is it not that a state divorce is actually an argument AGAINST a church annulment petition rather than a necessary condition for such petition?

This question may be wrong. I think the right question is in the following link: How do Filipino Catholics get a church annulment when their state marriage is valid, considering the Philippines doesn&#...
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Revelation 10:4: “Don't write this down…?” (Catholic perspective)

Reading into the book of Revelation, there seems to be some mystery behind it. Particularly: When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write. But I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Keep ...
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(Catholic view) Why do we pray for God's Kingdom to come if good people go to heaven when they die?

Here I wanted to find the Catholic view as to why we are told, e.g. in the Lord's Prayer (from Matthew 6:10) to pray for God's Kingdom to come when, on another hand, our immortal soul will end up in ...
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On the Eucharist and Human Digestion?

My Question: Does the real presence of the Eucharist persist even after digestion to the point of being taken out of the body by defecation? Yes this is a serious question. In case the answer is no, ...
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Which are the sins that will not be forgiven in the age to come? [duplicate]

At Matthew 12:32 we hear some tough talk from Jesus: Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this ...
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Church Fathers on the Queenship of Mary

My Question: Which Church Fathers thought of Mary as a Queen? The Church Fathers can be both early and late(max 500AD).
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Does the priest ask for reasons to prevent a marriage during a Catholic wedding?

In some movies the priest says the following phrase during a wedding: "Whoever is against this marriage should speak now or be silent forever". Does this tradition exist in the Catholic church (...
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Franciscan apostolic college governance

The Franciscan apostolic college of San Fernando in Mexico staffed the missions of California, then resembling an apostolic prefecture. Since it was a Franciscan college they presumably owed some ...
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Why do Catholics venerate Our Lady? [duplicate]

This is a simple question. Why do Catholics venerate and pray to Our Lady? God says not to do it.
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How does Catholic Church view the new school of thought on multiplication of bread by Jesus?

There is a school of thought going around that Jesus in fact did not multiply bread to feed the people who had gathered to listen to Him, but only prompted the faithful to share whatever eatables they ...
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List of old heresies condemned by the Catholic Church now present in Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses

The title says it all, I'd like a list of all heresies condemned by the Catholic Church, but note this, it must be before the Protestant Reformation. This time specifically those heresies identified ...
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List of old heresies condemned by the Catholic Church now present in Lutheranism and Calvinism

The title says it all, I'd like a list of all heresies condemned by the Catholic Church before the Reformation. This time specifically those identified in Lutheranism and 5 point Calvinism.
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“Time Capsules” in the architectural plans of Catholic Churches and Cathedrals?

I found this article about a time capsule found in a Catholic Church in Singapore quite interesting: 173-year-old time capsule unearthed at Singapore's oldest Catholic church A 173-year-old time ...
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What is the Ontological Difference between the Catholic and the Orthodox View of God?

The Orthodox YouTuber Jay Dyer has peaked my interest by asserting that the Catholic view of God's essence as absolutely simple is heretical. And that the Catholic view of God's essence in relation to ...
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How were the blood globules of Lanciano weighed?

A long time ago (before I have left RCC) a priest had addressed my doubts about the reality of presence of Christ in Host with the "numerous examples of Eucharistic miracles". The miracles had been: ...
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Is a mass interruption a standard procedure in case of a supposed Eucharistic miracle?

I have read several stories about Eucharistic miracles and it seems the mass is always interrupted on such event. Is it a standard procedure (as for 4th June 2018) or is it up to the priest? More ...
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According to Catholicism, is marrying a woman who had children out of wedlock a sin?

I am assuming here that marrying a divorced woman is a sin, according to the Sermon on the Mount. If that is the case, what about a woman who had a child but never married? Is the child’s father ...
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According to Catholicism, is marrying a divorced woman a sin of continual adultery?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that marrying a divorced woman is a sin. Certainly having sex with a married woman is adultery, but Jesus also calls it adultery to marry a divorced woman. ...
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Does the Catholic church still excomunicate people? [duplicate]

They used to do it a long time ago. Now most countries are secular and excommunicating people has little political impact. Does the Catholic church still do that?
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Why is the feast of the Visitation not transferred when impeded by Corpus Christi?

When a feast falls on a Sunday, it is transferred to the Monday. This year, the feast of the Visitation (31 May) was impeded by the solemnity of Corpus Christi (in most places). However, today, 1 ...
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What and where are the evidences for the Catholic Church's Apostolic Succession?

How come there is no evidence issued out by the Vatican that proves their list of Popes that have carried on from Apostle Peter? I can't find this anywhere and since I can't meet Pope Francis unless ...
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Are relics only considered first class if they were collected from a Saint's dead body?

I was seemingly corrected that St. Maximillian has no first class relics since some of his hairs apparently were found (collected prior to his death). Would these be first class relics or second ...
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What is the biblical basis for relics?

In Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, relics are typically objects that were either parts of the bodies of saints (e.g. fragments of bone) or are associated with their lives (e.g. clothing). Many ...
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What kinds of things are mutable in Latin Rite Catholic Liturgy?

I got this email excerpt from the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church emailed to me today. Is everything immutable in the liturgy? In the liturgy, particularly in that of ...
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What are the different Categories of Charismatic Graces?

Definition of Charism, the theological term : The word charism or charisma (from Gr. χάρισμα) denotes a gift freely and graciously given, a favor bestowed, a grace. Charism as understood in the ...
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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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What is Catholic Church's view on capital punishment?

Human rights activists in many countries where capital punishment is in vogue, have been advocating repeal of the punishment stating inter alia that that only God is empowered to take a human life. I ...
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How do Catholic courts evaluate evidence admission?

Say I'm married and I snoop into my spouse's personal belongings and discover some kind of evidence that, if it would be admissible, would prove beyond reasonable doubt that my church marriage is void ...
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Marriage invalid. Would a church annulment require a state annulment or state divorce?

This question may be wrong. I think the right question is in the following link: How do Filipino Catholics get a church annulment when their state marriage is valid, considering the Philippines doesn&#...
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How to understand the paradox of 1John 5:3 and Mathew 5:29

What is the harmonious view that reconciles these seemingly contradictory verses? 1John 5:3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. Mathew ...
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Is a Catholic dogma that Moses (as the Exodus prophet) actually existed?

"Modern scholars' consensus" is that: there is no archaeological evidence that the events described in Exodus occurred. Moses (as described in the Exodus and other books) is a legendary figure, and ...
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Do exorcisms need to be performed in a particular language?

In Catholicism, does an exorcism need to be performed in a certain language, such as Latin? Or can it be performed in a language of the priest’s choice? Does it need to be one that the demon-possessed ...
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How does the Catholic Church visualize Jesus breathing over His disciples post-resurrecion?

At John 20:22 we read: When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. One wonders how Jesus breathed on the disciples: did He do it by way of exhaling ...
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Transubstantiation and John 6:27

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him." NKJV John 6:27 I ...
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Did the Catholic Church proscribe private ownership and reading of scripture?

I have heard that the Catholic Church did not permit private ownership of scripture nor any attempts to read and understand it so that the only copies were the ones possessed by the Church and the ...
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What's the time limit for a Council's sessions to reconvene after a suspension?

If a Council's sessions are suspended, such as was done at the Vatican Council by Pope Pius IX, due to the Roman heat, but the sessions could not be reconvened due to the attack on Rome and the ...
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Is Gertrude the Great's mariology considered erroneous in modern Catholicism?

Gertrude the Great (1256–1302) was a German nun who is recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, but was never formally canonized. I don't know if it's related, but apparently her views on ...
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Is it possible to get a divorce (not an annulment) in the Catholic Church?

There is a common misconception that an annulment is a Catholic version of a divorce (see this question). However, this has made me wonder: is it is possible to get a divorce within the Catholic ...
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How does uniting to Christ's suffering work?

What is the Catholic teaching on uniting with Christ's suffering? Specifically when we go through some kind of suffering and we acknowledge it as God's will and converse it with Christ. It reminds us ...
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Did the Risen Lord appear to Mother Mary? [duplicate]

We see the Gospels narrating how Mother Mary was present at the crucifixion of Jesus (John 19:25–27). But we do not see an explicit narration, or even a mention, of Jesus appearing to His mother after ...
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Does the Seal of Confession include saying whether or not a person confessed to them?

The Seal of Confession is the duty of Catholic priests to not disclose anything they hear from someone who comes to them for confession. Does this include disclosing whether or not someone has seen ...
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What is the Current Official View of the Catholic Church on the Redemptive Work of Christ?

This question is not about whether Catholics think salvation is a process or a one time thing, it is more nuanced than that. I am looking for precise theological interpretations of Christ's ...