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

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Did the Catholic Church infallibly define that we can demonstrate with certainty the existence of God with the light of natural reason only?

Question: Did the Catholic Church infallibly define that we can demonstrate with certainty the existence of God with the light of natural reason only? Thanks for any help.
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Is there Catholic teaching and/or prophecy that a pope may be the false prophet of Revelation and the Church the whore of Babylon?

This is a sample response to the claim that the pope is the Antichrist and this to the claim that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18. This question is asking whether ...
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Did the church use stories like the Holy Grail to attract pagans?

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I am avid watcher of the History Channel series on the Templar Knights. In one episode, the character playing the Pope announces that stories like the Holy ...
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How does one know if God is calling him to be a priest?

According to Catholicism, How does one know if God is calling him to be a priest? If one is contemplating being a diocesan priest, what is the normal way one should do things in order to determine ...
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Are there any saints and/or mystics who had vision of hell and based on that made a judgment about have many people are in hell?

Are there any saints and/or mystics who had vision of hell and based on that made a judgment about have many people are in hell (the majority, minority, or some kind of judgment like that)?
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Has the prohibition against construction and veneration of statues and images been abrogated?

I'm Catholic, so I subscribe to the idea that constructing and venerating images and statues is permissible and encouraged as a matter of Church dogma. However I must admit that I find it hard to ...
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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times?

St. Paul the Apostles admitted that Christ did not sent him to baptize but to preach the Gospel. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom,...
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Which are the exact differences between Catholics and Protestants? [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused about the differences, specially in what is canon for each of them. I think the whole bible is canon for all of them though, I've also hear that new testament can maybe be ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of the first sin committed by Adam and Eve?

I always used to consider the first sin committed by Adam and Eve as eating the forbidden fruit from a particular tree. But recently my husband commented that Adam and Eve had sex with each other ...
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According to Vatican II Catholicism, what is the counterfeit church and what are its marks?

Words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1948): “[Satan] will set up a counterfeit church which will be the ape of the [Catholic] Church… It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, ...
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St. James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. In ...
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Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers?

Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers and when was the first time she was assigned this role? From Wikipedia: Patronage Apothecaries; Kawit, Cavite; Atrani, Italy; ...
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What is the Roman Catholic Church's views about Luke 14:32?

Luke 14:25Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and ...
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What is the role of Lucifer in the Heavenly realm?

Lucifer means "bearer of light". Would this means that he bear Jesus who revealed himself as the Light or the scriptures are speaking of a different light? Scriptures, Church Fathers and Saints teach ...
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Does the seal of confession apply even when the sin is intended and there is no desire to repent?

Forgive me if this is too basic, I am no theologian, and I was puzzled by a scene from a popular TV series about a crime-busting priest. In it, the villain goes into the confessional and informs the ...
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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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Does the Catholic Church oppose universalism?

I've been reading George MacDonald as of late and have heard in a few places that he argues for universalism. I though that had something to do with unitarianism, but in looking it up a tad more, I ...
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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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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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Can Patron Saints be “dethroned”?

For instance lets say there's a patron saint of infants, but that a recently canonized saint is clearly superior to the previous one when it comes to infants. Is it not then warrented to make the ...
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Who is the oldest Blessed?

Just a question that ought to have a concrete answer and be a good example for how the process of canonization works for my Religious Ed. class: Who has been declared blessed for the longest period ...
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How can one say the Novena to St. Michael?

I want to start a novena to St Michael. Found one at Novena in honor of St. Michael the Archangel and in honour of the nine angelic choirs . How can I say it as there is no specific guide on the page?...
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Are there non-medical miracles that can get a person beatified/canonized?

It seems like every miracle that is used in the case for beatification in the Catholic Church has to do with some sickness being prayed for and its miraculous cure. But it seems to me that there are ...
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How has Roman Catholic Confession changed throughout the centuries?

Currently, the common practice of confession in the U.S. is... A person completes an examination of conscious, tells the priest how long it has been since their last confession, then they make their ...
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Where does this famous St. Augustine quote about the repentant thief come from?

There is a very famous quote in French Catholic circles that would be translated as something like: No, I had not studied the Scriptures, but Jesus looked at me on the cross and, in his gaze, I ...
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Why was the name of St Joseph not mentioned at Luke 2: 19?

At Luke 2:15-19 (NRSVCE) we see: When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which ...
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Pre-Vatican II Latin Prayer

I'm new here, I was just wondering of someone knows what books were used for English catechesis prior to the 1960's in English speaking countries. I'd like to teach my CCD kids a few prayers in Latin ...
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Should one avoid fasting during Easter?

Tomorrow is the first Friday in Easter and in the Catholic Church Fridays are days of penance. If a person usually does something small, like not continuously munch on things while at his desk, in ...
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Did the disagreement between the Catholic Church and Protestant Church on the issue of salvation by grace alone end 1999?

This is question is for an effort to understand the current movement of bringing unity among Christian denominations. A question was asked before: Is Pope Francis holding and professing different ...
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What were the common exonyms of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches leading up to and after the Great Schism (1054)?

A common misconception I encounter among people interested in the history of Christianity is that the term "Catholic" refers solely to the Roman Catholic church and likewise "Orthodox" only to the ...
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Do Roman Catholics regard Orthodox sacraments as valid and/or licit?

In the comments below an earlier question of mine the following question arose: The Roman Catholic Church describes the administration of sacraments as valid or invalid respectively licit or illicit. ...
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Which sacraments can be administered validly but illicitly?

There are several questions on this site dealing with the difference in licit and valid when it comes to sacraments. A good starting point might be this one. On this basis one can sort administered ...
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According to the Catholic Church is it sinful to address someone who is transgender by the gender they identify as?

Is it a sin against charity to confirm a transsexual lifestyle by using pronouns (such as she to address a transwoman) that the church says is an offense against the Natural Law?
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How does praying the rosary becomes a spiritual sword that can slay the dragon?

Fr. Donald Calloway make the following statement: The rosary was forged in an age of chivalry. It is a spiritual weapon, a heavenly sword, fashioned by the hands of a Divine Craftsman. All ...
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According to Catholicism, do evil spirits need bodies to manifest themselves to people?

Can the Devil and his followers communicate to people without the intermediary of someone in a bodily form? I would appreciate a response that quotes Scripture, Tradition and examples of the ...
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How do the Personal Ordinariates differ from Anglicanism?

In 2009 Pope Benedict published an Apostolic Constitution called Anglicanorum Coetibus providing for the creation of Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans who wished to join the Roman Catholic Church. ...
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According to Catholic exorcists, does the Devil hate Catholic Church prayers said in Latin? [closed]

Does the Devil hate Catholic Church prayers said 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 there ...
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Looking for a website providing HTML formatted works of Joseph Pohle's 12 volume Dogmatic Theology

There are plenty of websites presenting multi-volume works of St. Thomas Aquinas in HTML formatted chunks such as New Advent's Summa Theologiae. I'm looking for a website containing similarly HTML ...
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Is the prayer “Mother of Perpetual Help” blasphemous?

O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of all the goods which God grants to us miserable sinners, and for this reason, has He made thee so powerful, so rich, and so bountiful, that thou ...
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What is the norm for celebrating First Friday/Saturday Novena Masses on Holy Days of Obligation?

When First Fridays or First Saturdays fall on Solemnities (like All Saints is on Friday in 2019), do people usually punt the devotions to the next month or pack them into the same day?
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How can one identify the Anti-Christ, can he be a Bishop opposing the Papacy in relation to 1 John 2:19-20?

Will the Anti-Christ comes from the Catholic Church? Perhaps since the Anti-Christ was a real person, is it possible that he is like a Cardinal or Bishop infected by the spirit of Anti-Christ. ...
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Is seeing nudity a sin in Roman Catholicism?

If someone saw a nude image ad once on the internet, would that be considered sin in the Catholic church? What about a nude painting at an art gallery? Is it a mortal sin to see these? Or should one ...
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Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and the Prophecy of the Popes

I While reading the Prophecy of the Popes, I noticed that the entry for the 111 Pope in the series reads: Glory of the olive (Gloria oliviae). Wikipedia's article on this subject states: ...
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Are the Dubia Cardinal's committing the Great Apostasy in contradicting Church teachings on the Mercy of God?

The Dubia Cardinals are publicly opposing and contradicting the approved Magisterial Teaching of Pope Francis like the Amoris Laetetia and [CCC 2267], the Fraternal Agreement with the Muslims, and ...
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Seeking a Catholic framework for interpreting Bible verses about God's rewards that are commensurate with a believer's work [closed]

In the Bible there are passages hinting at optional extra rewards that God promises to believers who perform meritorious works on earth. I'm referring to different degrees of rewards that God gives ...
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Should praying the Liturgy of the Hours in private be out loud or silent?

For the laity, when praying the Liturgy of the Hours in private, is it more in keeping with tradition to you pray out loud or silently or does it matter? Also, do you change the way you repeat ...
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Is there a dogmatic or theological (yet not dogmatic) justification for kneeling before a statue/icon of the Virgin Mary? [duplicate]

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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Are there any examples where the non-believers demanding a miracle for the proof of Catholic faith and a saint succeeding in performing it?

Questions: Are there any examples where the non-believers demanding a miracle for the proof of Catholic faith and a saint succeeding in performing one? I am looking for those kinds of examples, ...
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Did Judas Iscariot participate in the First Holy Eucharist?

At John 13:1-30 we see the narrative of the last Passover meal that Jesus partook with his disciples, in which Judas is identified as the one who would betray him : .... After saying this Jesus ...
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Should we consider everyone better than ourselves? [closed]

Question:: Should we consider everyone better than ourselves? It seems that we can, without abusing humility, consider ourselves better than others. And it seems that we can do this in two ways: 1) ...