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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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What is the Catholic understanding of Antichrist?

Is there a good explanation describing how to identify the anti-Christ? They say a lot of false prophets will rise up in the end times to preach the anti-Christ. Is there a biblical explanation or ...
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Are there any spiritual benefits in writing a diary?

Question: Are there any spiritual benefits in writing a diary? There have been many saints who have wrote a diary. Is it somehow beneficial? Why? Did any saint recommend it? I am asking the ...
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What was the concept of heaven people had before the death of Jesus?

Catechism of the Catholic Church Para 1026 states : "By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us....." At Luke 15:21 we see the repentant prodigal son declaring : ‘Father, ...
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Are Catholics free to disagree about whether it is prudential to not forbid abortion by law?

Question: Are Catholics free to disagree about whether it is prudential to not forbid abortion by law? Namely, can a Catholic ever take a position, that abortion should remain legal for any reason (...
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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. Even criticizing the Magisterial Teachings as "...
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What did Aquinas do for recreation?

Question: What did St. Thomas Aquinas do for fun? We know that he was a brilliant mind who wrote many good works. However, even he himself says that games and having fun are good for one's soul (I am ...
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Why does the NRSV-CE omit mentioning prayer and fasting in Matthew 17?

The NRSV-CE omits mentioning prayer and fasting, explaining in footnote (g): Matthew 17:20 Other ancient authorities add verse 21, But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting ...
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Is it sinful to watch TV series The Young Pope?

Question: Is it sinful to watch TV series The Young Pope? Why? I did not watch the TV series, but from what I saw it seems morally corruptible. I am interested in an answer from a Catholic viewpoint.
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Is it to say: “We can have reasonable hope that all will be saved” heretical? [duplicate]

Unfortunately, we can hear some lay Catholics (sometimes even a bishop) say that: "We can have reasonable hope that all will be saved". It seems obvious that the statement is untrue, however, is it a ...
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According to Catholicism, does faith or trust in God guarantee protection from poverty?

Pope Francis said: Poverty is not inevitable! Source But in John 12:8 Jesus said: You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. Does faith or trust in God guarantee ...
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Is the Creed a prayer? (Catholic mass)

The Creed (Nicene, Apostles, etc) is formally a "profession of faith". It's basically Catholics publicly declaring their beliefs. But, is it also a prayer? It doesn't seem to be directed to God, nor ...
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Why did Jesus keep himself and the disciples hungry and thirsty on some occasions?

We see at Matthew 12:1 (NRSVCE) : "At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat." We also see at Mark ...
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According to Catholicism, does Welch’s Grape Juice constitute valid matter for the consecration of the Mass?

According to Catholicism, does the usage of Welch’s Grape Juice constitute valid matter for the consecration of the Eucharist at a Catholic Mass? Some priests who are alcoholics may obtain a ...
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What kind of food is Jesus referring to at Luke 22:16?

We read at Lk 22:14-16 (NRSVCE): "When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;...
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What does “Altare privilegiatum” mean exactly today?

Does anyone know what "Altare privilegiatum" means today? I mean, in former times it meant that the altar was privileged and one can get an indulgence. I also know, that for some of those altars, ...
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Is cross dressing immoral or forbidden by the bible [duplicate]

I am a catholic young man. I’m straight but I recently started and am enjoying cross dressing.I have been enjoying the look of female fashion quite a bit more then male fashion for about 7 years now. ...
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Does the Catholic Church have any (quasi) interdiction against the Harry Potter books?

Does the Catholic Church or any particular Catholic dioceses forbid the reading of J. K. Rowling's series of books known as Harry Potter? This same question could be applied to the movie series based ...
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Where does Grace reside? (Catholicism)

According to the teachings of the Catholic Church (infallible or not), where does Grace reside? I would imagine the answer is "in the soul". I've searched for concrete answers in the Catholic ...
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What is the latest position of Catholic Church on the existence of Limbo?

Catholics traditionally believe that infants which die before being baptized, go to a place called Limbo. It is not understood whether the belief comes out of a dogmatic teaching of the Church. My ...
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What is the proper term for performing the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on someone?

If you perform the sacrament of Baptism on someone, you are "baptizing" them. If you do the sacrament of Holy Matrimony on a couple, you are "marrying" them, or alternatively "officiating the marriage"...
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According to the Catholic Church, what is the best form of civil government?

According to the Catholic Church, what is the best form of civil government? I am looking for references to Church documents.
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Does the Catholic Church teach that the Catholic faith is demonstrably true?

Question: Does the Catholic Church teach that the Catholic faith is demonstrably (with certainty) true? Please provide references. Thanks for any help.
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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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Late for Mass, can I still receive the Eucharist?

I got to Mass late yesterday (like at the start of the Homily during a weekday mass, so really only about 7 minutes - because of an unexpected detour) and I told my wife that we shouldn't go up for ...
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What is Carlo Maria Viganò's religious order?

I was wondering in which religious order did Viganò got ordained as a priest (is he franciscan, jesuit, dominican)?
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Can a bishop excommunicate a retired bishop?

Can a bishop excommunicate a retired bishop? Of course, we suppose that the retired bishop is living in the diocese where the new bishop came.
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How does Catholic Church explain the phrase “ Ïn the beginning ” in Genesis and Gospel of John?

We read at Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.. " We also read at John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ...
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Do clerics commit a sin if they do not recite the liturgy of the hours?

According to the Code of Canon Law 1174, priests and deacons are obliged to recite the liturgy of the hours (divine office). If they do not do so, do they commit a sin (moral law)? Or is it only a "...
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What is the reason that intercourse is required for a valid marriage?

Within the Catholic Church, it is required to have intercourse with each other after marriage. But what is the reason behind this?
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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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What is the meaning of: “a sword will pierce your soul”?

One of the joyful mysteries talks about that after Simeon talked to her, the Virgin Mary took the wound of sorrow and accepted God’s will. What is that supposed to mean if I am trying to achieve a ...
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Can a Catholic eat the food prepared for the Muslim Eid al-Adha?

I am a Catholic living in a Muslim country> All meat and stuff is halal according to their practice. When they offer Sacrifice on Eid can I consume the meat they send me? Since I believe it’s not a ...
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Did Mary stay with Elizabeth till the birth of John the Baptist?

We read at Luke 1:36 that Elizabeth was six months pregnant when she was visited by Mary. We also read at Luke 1:56 that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for nearly three months. Read together, these two ...
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The Wretched Word “Miser”

I have only a vague recollection of it, but I could swear that I was taught that the word "wretched" in the Bible, and "miser" in Latin, referred to poor people. I may have learned this in ...
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Can baptized non-Catholics be virtuous?

Question: Can baptized non-Catholics be virtuous? Does the answer differ for cardinal and theological virtues? Can they be only if they have an at least implicit wish to become catholic, if so, what ...
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Are there any Catholic directives (rubrics) from the 17th to 19th century about what to do/pray/think during Eucharist Adoration?

Are there any Catholic directives (some kind of manual or rubrics) from the 17th to 19th century about what to do/pray/think during Eucharist Adoration?
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What are the “common-place utensils” that SSPX says occur in a Novus Ordo mass?

In "What is wrong with the Novus Ordo Missae?" on the official SSPX website, the following statement is made (emphasis mine): Let us first examine the elements of the Novus Ordo Missae. Some are ...
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According to Catholicism, what is needed to perform an exorcism?

Can one perform an exorcism on oneself? What is needed to perform a proper exorcism, ward off demons, cleansing and blessing a house or area?
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Is there any good book on history of the heresy of Modernism?

Is there any good book on the history of the heresy of Modernism (=synthesis of all heresies)? I am interested in how modernism came to be and how it survived St. Pius X attack on it. It would be good ...
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How would Jesus write his full name as, in civil records?

Jesus, Joseph, Mary, James, John - these were popular first names used by the Jews in the days of the Lord. Naturally, each would have some additional names like that of his/her father or of the clan/...
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Catholic interpretation of Revelation by John?

Does the Catholic Church have the book of Revelation all fleshed out or do they teach it's sealed? I'm aware of some elements, like the woman, for example, being Mary. If everything is fleshed out, ...
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According to Catholicism, if we can thank God for our fortunes why can we not blame him for our misfortunes?

If God is all knowing and omnipotent and we are to thank him for all of the boons we have received why can we not also "thank" him for all the misfortunes he has set upon us? I always see people ...
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Are there any Catholic saints or notable theologians that have interpreted 666 in the manner as explained below?

Are there any Catholic saints or notable theologians that have interpreted the the Beast of Revelations number 666 in the following way? The first 6 is linked to the six days of creation and in the ...
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Did Mary, sister of Martha, anoint Jesus's feet on two different occasions, John 11:1-2 and John 12:2-5?

At John 11: 1-2 (NRSVCE) we read: "Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet ...
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Catholic Equivalent of Systematic Theology Books

I am looking for the “textbook” that catholic priests use when they are learning to become priests. A comprehensive book that covers everything Something like the systematic theology books that ...
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What date to place the patronal feast day of St. Mary’s Church?

According to Catholicism, what are the norms or rubrics that explain what is the patronal feast day of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, when no particular mystery or other title has been indicated? In my ...
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According to Catholicism, does Matthew 16:18 justify that the Catholic Church is the one true church?

According to Catholicism, does Matthew 16:18 ("thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.") justify that the Catholic Church is the ...
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How does one become a “lay-minister” in the Catholic Church?

Wikipedia definition: Lay ecclesial ministry is the term adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to identify the relatively new category of pastoral ministers in the Catholic ...
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Are there any Catholic medieval directives (rubrics) about what to do/pray/think during Eucharist Adoration?

Are there any medieval (from the 5th to the 15th century) directives (some kind of manual or rubrics) about what to do/pray/think during Eucharist Adoration?