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Does the phrase “in good standing” have a definition in Catholicism?

I'm helping draft a some statutes for a Catholic Lay Organization and we want to come up with a fairly exclusive group for our leadership and thought. The phrase, "Catholic in good standing" ...
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How far are priests and other religious allowed to go in terms of political endorsements (or non-endorsements)?

In the USA, I've heard priests say that they can't endorse any candidates but the Bishops put out a fairly unambiguous voters guide every election that clearly says there are non-negotiable issues (...
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What are the reasons to justify the use of ”Shekinah” in Christianity?

Shekinah [It is not the hebrew word shâkhan (to dwell), but a proper name] is described as “The presence of God”, but also as “the female aspect of God”. But in the Targum, Talmud and Midrash she (...
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The White Crucifixion and Pope Francis?

Some of us are aware that painting of the White Crucifixion by Marc Chagall is well liked by our present Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Francis. White Crucifixion Although it seems to deviate from the ...
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What are the Catholic Church's instruction on kneeling down in prayer in churches?

In Catholic churches where pews are in place, one rarely notices the faithful kneeling down in prayer except perhaps during the Prayer of Consecration . In fact, in earlier times, the faithful would ...
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Can the gloria and sanctus be replaced at the Mass with some other hymn or song?

Can the gloria and sanctus be replaced at Mass with some other liturgical hymn or song? Or can they be partially modified?
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Do Catholics consider Peter, and by succession, the Pope, to outrank Paul?

According to Catholicism, were Peter and his successors given authority above Paul and free to override Paul's teachings?
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How can a catholic argue against the accusation of Papolatry?

Papolatry is defined as an "Excessive reverence for the Pope". If a catholic have an excessive defense for the teachings or moral laws of the Pope (when he contradicts the Deposit of Faith ...
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Do you have any knowledge on a Catholic Internal Forum on Marriage?

The information given to us from the Priest, is that this Ceremony would allow us, with the Grace of God to live together as a married couple, without any fornication sin involved. This was done to ...
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Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings?

Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings? For example, St. Augustine wrote many good books. Now he is in heaven. To this very day, ...
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Can the Pope be excommunicated?

Seeing the statements and positions that Bergoglio has taken over the years (I will add several of his blasphemous remarks), I wonder not only if he is a blasphemer and a heretic, but if he is really ...
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Are these assertions about Christ correct?

I heard Fr. Rick Walsh say in this excerpt: "we are Christ", "Christ is a woman", "Christ is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer" and "in Christ I am ...
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Are jokes like those listed here blasphemous, according to Catholicism?

Are jokes like those listed here blasphemous? Whisky is the real holy water [source] They want to know what the doctor gives me so that they can take it too, they who struggle just as I do. But I do ...
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How do Traditional Latin Mass going Catholics usually prepare and receive their sacraments of initiation?

Our parish is starting to off a Traditional Latin Mass and there's a group in our diocese that has their children confirmed in the that form as well. It's quite a bit different, we were wanting to do ...
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Why the impatience shown for Simone Weil's Marxism by Catholic thinkers?

I've read a few commentaries on Simone Weil's thought and they all uniformly consider her attachment to Marxist thought to be at best naive. From her misadventures with Spanish anarchists and her ...
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How does Catholicism biblically defend purgatory in a way that upholds the sufficiency of Christ's work?

Below is a quote from an answer to this question "What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living?: The (Catholic) Church refers to the souls in purgatory ...
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How to pray and meditate while saying the rosary?

What to think about when praying the rosary? If one thinks about the mystery (e.g. sorrowful mystery) while praying, then one can not pay attention to the words of Hail Mary but if one concentrates on ...
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Is there any Catholic lay movement centered on building Intentional Communities?

An Intentional Communities is a planned residential community designed from the start to have a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork. The members of an intentional community typically hold a ...
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Do Reformed theologians understand the Catholic Church and the Papacy to have been true heirs of Peter until the Reformation?

In other words, say, in the fourth century, were they "on track" and the legitimate heirs of the reins of Christianity, so to speak but then went off track toward the middle ages? Or do they ...
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What is the basis of the teaching that souls in purgatory can intercede for the living?

Point 6 in the Our Sunday Visitor Article "9 truths about purgatory" is that souls in purgatory can intercede for us: The souls in purgatory can’t do anything for themselves, but the Church ...
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Why do Catholic persons 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 persons not celebrate the mass every day ?
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Does the Catholic Church believe that we become just souls after we die?

I am a Roman Catholic and I ask this question as one, but I'm also interested in understanding the answers that other christian denominations may have to my question. So, feel free to share here your ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, did God the Father ever teach or punish God the Son?

Catholics are taught to believe in the Trinity - God in Three Persons - The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If Catholics are taught to worship God "The Father" and God "The Son", ...
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Does the parish priest have the authority to forbid communion in the mouth due to COVID pandemic?

Does the parish priest have the authority to forbid communion in the mouth due to COVID pandemic, if he does not have explicit permission from his bishop? Note that I am not saying that the bishop ...
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Are there any known Eastern Catholics who have received the stigmata?

Just curious. I wonder whether there are any Eastern Catholics to whom God gave the grace of receiving the wounds of Christ (stigmata) or did only Latin Rite Catholics ever receive them? I know of ...
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Is there a book that details what the popes said against reformation leaders?

Can anyone recommend a book that have all the declarations, laws, statements, etc of popes during the times of reformers like Tyndale, Luther, etc.?
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Can a Catholic cite a religion as a reason for not doing something even if that thing isn't officially prohibited by the Church?

So my impetus for this question is covid-19 vaccines, but it could be about anything from face masks to filling out the census. If the Catholic Church doesn't officially say something is wrong, is it ...
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According to Catholicism, how many heavens are there?

I read in book of Enoch there are 10 heavens God created. Most Christians believe in 1 heaven and Muslims I think believe in 7 heavens. The purpose of each of 10 heavens was described in Book of Enoch ...
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Roughly how many churches were built in each century?

Christians build churches - it's what we do. Are there any estimates of how many physical church buildings Christians have built over the centuries, broken down by century? Suitable proxies: number ...
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Were ALL 1st century Christians called “saints” by saints Paul, Jude, John etc, as they addressed all believers reading their NT writings as ‘saints’

My Q is concerned purely with how the NT seems to address all 1st century Christians as “saints” even while they were living. Of course, it also addresses martyred saints e.g. in Revelation 6:9-11: “...
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Was Jesus a time traveller?

Reading online, there is a significant number of people who believe Jesus was a Christian. To my mind that would require Jesus to travel to the future and read the new testament. Then go back in time ...
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Is Christ androgynous? [closed]

What are the stances, if any, of the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church on whether Christ was androgynous?
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Can a communion host be made differently according to Catholicism?

The current host is made of wheat and water and baked. Now during the pandemic we are facing new challenges that requires people receive the Eucharist in the hand which creates a high risk of letting ...
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Location of the tabernacle in Catholic churches?

This is not just a church architecture question but also a theology question. I've noticed that the tabernacle where the consecrated hosts are stored is often located in the center of the older ...
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Does there exist within the Catholic Church a church, cathedral or even an altar dedicated to the Holy Spirit?

Does there exist within the Catholic Church a church, cathedral or even an altar dedicated to the Holy Spirit? With the recent events occurring in Turkey about Hagia Sophia I was wondering if there is ...
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What is the Catholic practice to find God's will for lay Catholics?

In the evangelical circles, finding God's will for one's life is a very common topic, with a "recipe" that looks like this Christianity.com article: How Do We Know God’s Will for Our Lives?. ...
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Was Judas misinformed of the real purpose behind the planned arrest of Jesus?

We see in Exodus 21:32: "If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall pay to the slave-owner thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned."" Now, thirty pieces of ...
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What would a person need to be able to do to be a saint while he was yet alive?

Normally, sainthood isn't formally considered for an individual until 5 years after the death of a person. If one was determined enough, how could they go about achieving becoming saints and perhaps ...
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How to reconcile the Council of Trent and the Apostle John regarding the post-baptismal presence of sin?

I am struggling to reconcile a very strong statement from the Council of Trent pronouncing anathema with a very strong statement from the Apostle John pronouncing deception and lie. Both statements ...
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Just what does Infant Baptism accomplish as regards Original Sin?

The answer to this question indicates that the human soul is created by God, and without any lack of saving grace, at the precise instant that the soul is infused into the newly propagated human body. ...
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Why does the narrative of Last Judgement appear only in the Gospel according to Matthew?

We see the narrative of Last Judgement in Chapter 25 , Verses 31-46 of the Gospel accordingly to Matthew. One wonders why the Last Judgement which is one of the key aspects of Christian faith, does ...
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According to Catholicism, what Old Testament text is referred to in John 19: 36?

We see at John 19: 31-36, how the early death of Jesus on the Cross staved off the prospects of his legs being broken to fasten death : ".... Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies ...
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According to Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy are there any doctrinal barriers to Christians sharing places of worship with non-Christians?

Hagia Sophia was originally the seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, then the chief mosque of the Ottoman Empire, then a museum. A few days ago, it reverted to being a mosque once more. Numerous ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, at what point does original sin affect the human soul?

CCC 366 teaches that every soul is immediately created by God and not produced by the parents. The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced&...
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What is the Catholic exegetical warrant behind the 2 interpretations of “perfect” in Matt 5:48 and Matt 19:21?

In Matthew there are 2 instances where Jesus said "to be perfect" (both rendering the Greek word τέλειοι). Matt 5:48: Sermon on the Mount about loving our enemies, directed to the whole ...
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How to reconcile the original creation of every soul (Creationism) by God with original sin?

The Catholic Church teaches that (CCC 366), every spiritual soul is created immediately by God — it is not 'produced' by the parents. So, if every soul is uniquely created by God and is not produced ...
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How voluntary is original sin in Adam's descendants?

In this article, in the § "How Voluntary," the Catholic Encyclopedia goes into detail to show that Original Sin is somehow voluntary. But I don't understand the reasoning. Can someone more ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that the early death of Jesus on the Cross, had been ordained by God the Father?

We see the narrative of Jesus' death on the Cross as given by John at 19: 31-33: Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the addition of the word “died” in the Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed professed during the Sunday mass contain these words : For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered, died, and was buried. Over the centuries, the Nicene Creed ...
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Why can't we boil down the three fonts of Catholic ethics to two?

According to Catholic ethics, the three fonts of morality are intention, moral object and circumstance (reference). But why can't we explain the morality only using the intention and the moral object? ...

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