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

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Between Protestants & Catholics what are the major disagreements with respect to Church history?

I’ve recently wondered at the claims that the Catholic Church had stated that they began 2,000 years ago, and that the Protestant church only began back with Martin Luther or in the 1500’s. In terms ...
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What is the small glass vessel with a gold cap and handle that is next to tabernacles in some churches?

In this video you can see what I'm talking about at the linked timestamp right next to the hand sanitizer. I've also seen this same little vessel right next to the tabernacle on the same level, ...
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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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Can God deliberately bring a good through a moral evil, according to Catholicism?

The Catechism says: God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil. He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive ...
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If someone is barred from receiving communion by their own Bishop, what are the consequences of continuing to receive it outside their diocese?

According to this article, U.S. politician Nancy Pelosi has continued to receive communion in another diocese despite being forbidden from doing so in her own diocese by her Archbishop. Is this ...
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Can visiting people who are in an invalid marriage cause scandal?

Is there a catholic teaching or guidance on whether it is OK to visit and sleep over at someone's house who is not in a valid marriage? Can this act show the approval of their marriage and create a ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, Mary loved God of her own free will. Does her love mean less to God because grace protected her from sin?

The Immaculate Conception shows that God could, in theory, protect each person from the contracting the taint of original sin. An argument as to why God allows His children to contract original sin is ...
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As a Catholic, can I baptize my own child after he is born?

As a Catholic, can I baptize my own child after he is born? I am about to see my first child be born and was wondering if it would be sinful if i were to baptize him myself after his birth. I am aware ...
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Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers?

Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers? Extraordinary ministers are seen in almost every parish. For the most part, they help the parish ...
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Could TLM be passed off as routine liturgical abuse in the Diocese of Chicago?

It's pretty clear that the Cardinal from Chicago has an appetite for allowing random and illicit things to happen under the guise of Vatican II. And he has clamped down on Traditional Latin Mass and ...
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Why do Catholic people not partake of Mass every single day?

The Douay Rheims Bible states this for Matthew 6:11: Give us this day our supersubstantial bread. Why, therefore, do Catholic people not celebrate the Mass every day?
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Has there been any discussion in the Catholic Church about whether hand sanitizer profanes the Host?

Quite often, people use hand sanitizer before distributing the Host. Indeed, sometimes you can taste the hand sanitizer. Has there been any discussion in the Catholic Church about whether this ...
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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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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life?

In the Catholic Church there is a certain mystic aspect regarding to the suffering of Jesus Christ in which often faithful who go trough sufferings, especially for the faith, see their suffering as ...
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What is the origin of the Catholic apocrypha?

In the Catholic tradition, several "apocryphal" books are used in addition to the same Old Testament canon used by Protestants. What is the origin of these books and how do they differ from from the ...
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Why is liturgical form "irreversible"?

As G.K. Chesterton put it, it's useless to say you can't put back the clock, that's literally the function of the clock, to be able to put it back.. that is. So who is Pope Francis to say that ...
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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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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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Who is the earliest Church Father affirming the present Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant?

One of the strongest scriptural basis for the Catholic Marian dogmas is the Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant, appealing to the Glory of the LORD which filled the ...
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Catholicism - Consequences of not believing in all dogmas

What are the consequences according to the Catholic Church for members of the Catholic Church in case of not believing in all dogmas? For example Rejecting the notion of the bodily ascension or ...
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Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?

I think the following was spoken Ex Cathedra: “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but ...
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How does the Catholic church prioritize different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions, and how do they justify that?

How does the Catholic church prioritize different sources of information in coming to doctrinal/theological conclusions, and how do they justify that? If you use the Wesleyan Quadrilateral as a ...
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Did St. John Chrysostom believe in papal primacy?

Did St. John Chrysostom believe in papal papacy—i.e., that the pope has supreme power and primacy over the entire Church?
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Is there a connection between St. Ambrose's "casta meretrix" and Apocalypse 17,1?

The origins of the epithet "casta meretrix" are debated and not clear, do you know if anyone has ever related that to the words of John of Patmos "the great whore that sits on many waters" that many ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is assassinating politicians ever justifiable under the Natural Law?

I'm listening to a podcast from Relevant Radio talking about how many people in the USA think it's OK to assassinate politicians. Wondering what that Natural Law (as interpreted by the Catholic ...
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What is the difference between a dogma, a doctrine, an infallible statement, an ex cathedra statement, etc.?

There are a variety of terms used in the Catholic Church to refer to particular statements or beliefs. Here are a number of some such terms: Dogma Doctrine Infallible statement Infallible papal ...
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Where did St. Catherine of Siena say: “Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”?

Where did St. Catherine of Siena say: “Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”? quoted in this article
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Why are the Jesuits and Society of the Sacred Heart gender specific?

Why is it impossible for women to join the Jesuit order but must instead join Society of the Sacred Heart? Is there something in the initiation ritual that would exclude women?
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Why did St. John Paul II add the Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary?

I started praying the Rosary after St. John Paul II added the Luminous mysteries to the Rosary, so I virtually no remembrance of a Rosary being prayed before they came on board. When he writes about ...
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What positions with regard to epistemology exist in Catholicism?

Mostly sparked by debates regarding evolution, I have become curious what epistemological positions exist in Catholicism. I understand the doctrinal priority of biblical texts, so from a Christian ...
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Does the Catholic Church still stand behind Isaiah 14:21?

The canon of the entire Bible was essentially settled around the turn of the fourth century. By logical extension, the Catholic Church thereby affirmed that the book of Isaiah represented the Word of ...
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How to suggest more reasonable themes/paradigms for Covid-19 homilies (sermons) to Catholic priests and bishops?

While I am a fan of Catholic theology particularly and religious sciences and philosophy of religion generally (For example, I am trying to read journals such as Theological Studies from cover to ...
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What is the license that Catholic priests have to preach?

I was talking briefly with my pastor and didn't get to get into it much with him, but he told me that he was "licensed" to preach. I thought you called this a "faculty" or ...
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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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Is the 'Jazz Mass' still able to be celebrated?

Are the Jazz Masses, like the ones Mary Lou Williams and Joe Masters composed still licit forms of the Mass or have they been officially suppressed at some point in the last 50-60 years?
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

On Protestant theology, Sola Fide is understood as: Sola fide—the doctrine of justification by faith alone apart from works—is simply recognizing what is taught over and over in Scripture—that at ...
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Can a Catholic Priest report a murderer's confession?

This is merely a hypothetical, and I realize how unlikely this is, but if a person who committed murder confessed it to a Catholic priest, is the priest then allowed to go report the crime to the ...
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How can Catholics who adhere to Eucharistic Miracles claim the distinction between substance and accidents?

The question of “are Catholics cannibals due to their view on transubstantiation” question cropped up quite some time ago. The top answer on this question makes a distinction between substance and ...
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What is the Catholic Church’s position on the legalization of drugs such as marijuana or cocaine?

Related: What is the Catholic Church's position on recreational marijuana use? Note that I’m not asking whether or not the church approves of drug use. I’m asking if they think it’s morally ...
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According to Catholicism, is it sinful to physically harm abortion doctors to prevent them from performing abortions?

Question: Is it sinful to physically attack a doctor who performs abortions and break his fingers so that he can not perform an abortion? If yes, why? If no, why? Does it depend on the circumstances? ...
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How do Apostolic Christians interpret arguably sexist verses in Sirach?

Before beginning my question, I'd like to clarify what I mean by 'Apostolic Christian'. By this, I mean anyone in the Assyrian, Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic Communions. The ...
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How is 1 Timothy 2:5 interpreted relative to the Mediatrix concept?

The concept of Mediatrix has Virgin Mary in a role of a mediator in the salvation process—at least that's what Wikipedia says: Mediatrix in Roman Catholic Mariology refers to the role of the ...
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Does 1 Timothy 2:5 debunk intercession of the saints? [duplicate]

1 Timothy 2:5 says: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Does this mean that intercessions of the saints is not possible since Jesus Christ is the only ...
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What other customary Catholic fasting periods are there aside from Lent?

Lent is presently the only period of fasting binding for Latin Catholics. However, I have come across other times for fasting that bind to one degree or another at various times (some being purely ...
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Is a lawfully-constituted civil society divinely-instituted?

According to Catholic theologians, is every lawfully-constituted civil authority divinely-instituted like the Church (Mt. 16:18-19)? Pope Leo XIII, in his 1881 encyclical on the origin of civil power, ...
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How can we be sure our specific Christian confession is true, when every other Christian group claims that it's not? [closed]

I'm a recent convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, but I've started to doubt the faith recently, and I’m really desperate for help. The doubt I have is really one I've had since the beginning of ...
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Is St Paul referring to physical appearance of man and woman when he speaks of creation in God's image , in 1 Cor 11: 7?

St Paul, while referring to the need for a women to cover her head during worship says in 1 Cor 11:7 (NSRVCE): For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of ...
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What are the differences between the various Liturgy of the Hours volumes?

I'm guessing there are other publishers, but I'm speaking specifically about the Catholic Book Publishing English version of the Liturgy of the Hours. I was on a retreat last weekend where we used ...
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Why isn't the Spanish bullfight immoral, according to Catholicism?

The Catholic Church has never condemned this traditional event in Spain and the Catholic Encyclopedia (which received Nihil obstat from the Church, that is, apparently the Catholic Encyclopedia is ...
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Can a bishop be "demoted" to a priest?

In Catholicism, can there ever be a reason where a bishop is removed from his office and placed back as a priest? If this can occur, what are some of the reasons it might?

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