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What are some examples of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church

Currently I am doing a school project on why I believe Sacred Tradition should be used along with Scripture. What are some examples of Sacred Tradition throughout Church history. I would guess that ...
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In light of the many changes in regulations, what is the purpose of the Roman Catholic altar and is it neccessary for a valid Mass?

The following has been compiled from several CSE questions (and comments); here, here, and here as well as Wikipedia and an article from Slate magazine. At the second council of Nicaea 787, Catholic ...
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According to Catholic Church, did King Solomon find grace with God after his death?

We read at 1 Kings 11:1-13 how King Solomon fell into disgrace and was punished by the Lord : King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh.....and his wives turned away ...
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How does a Catholic theocracy differ from other Christian theocracies?

I'm taking a Catholic Church history class and the instructor said that life under a Catholic theocracy, like the Papal States, was different than life under a Protestant theocracy, but because most ...
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Five related questions regarding the relics which consecrate Roman Catholic altars

The altars in Roman Catholic churches must be consecrated with a saint's relic (preferably a martyred saint). These "relics" are body parts, usually a small bone fragment but sometimes what ...
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According to the Catholicism, what was the marital status of Gomer, the woman chosen to be Prophet Hosea's wife?

We read at Hosea 3: 1-2 ( NRSVCE) of the Lord's direction to him to marry a woman: The Lord said to me again, “Go, love a woman who has a lover and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a standard instruction on placing crosses on the altar?

Many oriental rites of Catholic Church have the plain cross signifying the Risen Lord, on their altar, whereas others use the crucifix signifying the Redemption. Of course, these days one sees ...
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Catholic view on Mary's free will

In Luke's gospel, we read about Mary's consent to become mother of Jesus. The question:was it a free decision? If so, what is the authoritative statement of the Church. What council or pope addressed ...
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What do the teachings of Catholic Church say about the friendly meeting of Jesus with Pharisees? [closed]

We read at Mtt 22:41 (NRSVCE): Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” In normal course, it was the ...
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Why do the Catholics and Orthodox keep relics and bone fragments? Isn't this disrespect for the body?

In Orthodoxy, cremation after death is not permitted. It is not preferred in Catholicism. This is because of the strong respect for the integrity of the body. Both traditions are also strongly pro-...
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What is the new understanding that emerged about the death penalty that recently entered the Catechism?

What the heck does this sentence added to the Catechism mean? In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. https://press.vatican.va/...
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Why did not Jesus personally baptize anyone?

We see Jesus telling Nicodemus in Jn 3: 5: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. - John 3:5 We also read at Jn 4: ...
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What is the role of a permanent lector at a Traditional Latin Mass?

Our parish started Latin Masses a few months ago and I'm finally getting in the hang of it, but one thing I noticed is that the priest reads everything (except for a few things that the servers recite)...
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What is the function of permanent acolytes and lectors in the Catholic Church?

Prior to this motu proprio the only purpose of the order of acolyte or lector in the Catholic Church that I knew of was to prepare permanent deacons for ordination. So, if the purpose is expanded to ...
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Does the Pope Francis' moto proprio Spiritus Domini mean that pastors cannot limit servers to only boys?

So it looks like a orders of lector and acolyte, which aren't that well understood in the church to begin with, are opened up to all lay people without respect to sex following the Pope's moto proprio....
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By whom was John the Baptist baptized?

We read at Mk 1:4-5 (NRSVCE): John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the original intent of the term “virgin” in Lk 1:26-27? [duplicate]

We read of the Annunciation at Lk 1:26-27: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house ...
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How old was Jesus when the Magi visited him?

We read at Mtt 2:16 (NRSVCE) : "When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile Jn 16:7 with Jn 20:22?

We read at Jn 16:7 (NRSVCE) "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him ...
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According to Catholicism, who is the leader of devils?

We come across many verses in the Bible - both Old Testament and New Testament, where the name of devil is mentioned. For instance: Is 14: 12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the ...
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According to Catholicism, why does the Creed mention only the role of Holy Spirit in the conception of Jesus?

We read an account of the Annunciation at Lk 1:30-35 (NRSVCE): 30 "The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb ...
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Did Mary have the assistance of a midwife on the birth of Jesus?

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. - Mark 2:7 Swaddling clothes are narrow strips ...
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Is Sung Matins a form of mass?

I'm not familiar with Sung Matins, and was wondering if it's a form of mass, or something outside of mass. They're doing 30 minutes of carrols between the Sung Matins and Solemn High Mass, and is ...
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According to Catholicism, did Jesus really use wine at the Last Supper?

We see a part of the institution Holy Eucharist at Mtt 26: 27-28 (NRSVCE): Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of ...
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What is a year dedicated to a certain saint or something else?

What is a year dedicated to a certain saint or something else? Is it important? Does it require anything in particular of Catholics?
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Why are there people in Protestant countries with the last name “Pope”? [closed]

The last name "Pope" is prevalent in places such as England and the USA. Are we to assume that all such people are Catholic? If not i.e. if they are Protestant, is this simply the result of ...
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How is a 30 days novena to St. Joseph different from a consecration to St. Joseph?

How is a 30 days novena to St. Joseph different from a consecration to St. Joseph? Do they have different purposes?
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How does the Catholic Church explain the omission of identity of the young man referred to in Mk 14:51?

In Mark 14:51, we read about a youth who flees, after he sees Jesus being arrested: A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the differences in the verses of Lk 4:18 vis-a-vis Isiah 61:1

We read at Lk 4:16-18 (NRSVCE): "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 ...
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Why does Infant Jesus wear a big crown in pictures? [closed]

In many images of Infant Jesus, (for example Infant Jesus of Prague,) he is shown as wearing a huge crown which looks larger-than-life in size. Is there any historical reason for the same? What does ...
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Mitred women in the Catholic Church?

Mitred women in the Catholic Church? Historically, we know that there were women in the Early Church, who were non-ordained deaconesses. I know that male deacons and even kings have been given the ...
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Where in the Catechism can one read about sins of omission?

Where in the Catechism can one read about sins of omission? I couldn't find this term in it when I searched for it.
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What exactly is the falsehood that St. Paul is referring to at Roman 3: 7?

We see St. Paul, while discussing about the merits and demerits of believers getting circumcised, posing an open question at Romans 3:7 (NRSVCE): But if through my falsehood God’s truthfulness ...
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Which, according to Catholic Church, is the writing in Old Testament that Jesus is referring to in Jn 7:38?

We read in Jn 7: 37-38: "On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me ...
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According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, when there seems to be no physical or moral good resulting from it?

According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, knowing that many deaths are involved and many, many more are constantly getting sick. No moral or physical good seems to be resulting ...
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What do Catholic Deacons do that a Priest would never do?

In the Latin rite of the Catholic Church we have permanent Deacons. What do they do that a Priest would never do? I know they cannot say Mass and hear Confessions. There must be a good reason why we ...
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What did St. Theresa of Àvila mean by the “Prayer of Recollection”?

From The Way of Perfection, chapter 28 It is a prayer that brings with it many blessings. This prayer is called "recollection," because the soul collects its faculties together and enters ...
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What was the origin of the practice of adding a halo around the pictures of Jesus and the saints? [duplicate]

We see at Ex 34:29: "Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone ...
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How do Catholic marriage laws differ by region?

(I'm asking for roman catholicism, but you can answer eastern or other full communion's if you want.) Example: You can see some of my questions on marriage law in the Philippines (for example, Q1 and ...
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Which regional rules of lent fasting or holy days of obligation should a Catholic follow?

If I'm Catholic Argentinian by birth and citizenship and reside in Argentina, then the only thing to check is if I'm Eastern Catholic or Roman Catholic. If I'm Roman Catholic, French in nationality ...
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Google calendar for catholic holdiays/holy days of obligation?

The one I've been subscribing to for almost 2 years is this one en-gb.christian#holiday@group.v.calendar.google.com This can be accessed here or here I guess (re region: I have not seen any ...
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Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism?

Imaginary or legendary saints associated with Catholicism? I am doing a little research on so called imaginary or completely legendary saints that have been associated with Catholicism in one way or ...
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How are the Communion wafers handled?

I'd like to understand the logistics of the Communion in the Roman Catholic Church. Let's suppose there's a Mass with around 100 people attending Eucharist. Does this mean that the priest has a stack ...
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Can a lay person or a group of lay faithful petition the Pope (Vatican) to de-canonize a Saint in light of new findings?

To be specific, I am talking about numerous views recently circulated in different articles saying the Sainthood of Pope St. John Paul II is questionable in light of the findings stated in the ...
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According to Catholicism, why was Jesus angry with the money-changers at the Temple?

At Mtt 22:19-21 we see Jesus outwitting the Pharisees who inquired of him whether it was right to pay tax to Caesar: "Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and ...
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What keyboard hymnals do beginner piano accompanists use to learn the Catholic Mass?

I'm actually looking for a gift for my wife to buy me for Christmas, but in trying to make this an objective questions for this site, I'd like to know, assuming there is some sort of common ...
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What are the early Church Fathers' views on the veneration/honoring of Saints

I recently watched a video from the youtube channel Ascension Presents and Fr. Mike Schmitz on whether or not Catholics worship the saints. He quoted St. Augustine who said that we give the saints ...
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According to the Catholicism, what exactly is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35?

According to the Catholic Church, what exactly is the meaning of “overshadowed” by the power of the most High in Luke 1:35? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, ...
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Should Catholics ignore Hebrews 13:3 if a Prisoner is excommunicated?

After researching "Excommunication", I discovered this publication regarding the Catholic Church : The Catholic Church cannot, nor does it wish to, oppose any obstacle to the internal ...
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Are priests who committed a sin together able to validly administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to each other?

The Vatican recently released a report about the Holy See's knowledge and involvement in former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's rise to prominence despite allegations of sexual misconduct. The report ...

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