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Theologians who thought Christ incarnated primarily to reveal the doctrine of the Trinity?

Are there any theologians (Doctors or Fathers of the Church) who thought that, regardless whether Adam had sinned, Christ still would have incarnated, primarily to reveal the doctrine of the Trinity?
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According to the Catholic Church, can one be a heretic and still obtain salvation?

According to the Catholic Church, can one be a heretic and still obtain salvation? Are there different kinds of heresy that merit different answers?
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According to the Catholic Church, is belief in trinitarianism required for salvation?

According to the Catholic Church, is belief in trinitarianism required for salvation? Note: this is not asking whether trinitarianism is true, or whether a valid baptism is required, but whether one ...
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Do Catholics violate Torah laws? [duplicate]

As is well-known, Judaism rejects all statues based on the Torah. The Presbyterian Church and Protestants reject making statutes but Roman Catholics made many statues of Jesus, Mary, Peter, and Paul. ...
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What are the origins of St. Joseph's title “Guardian of Virgins”?

When and where did St. Joseph's title "Guardian of Virgins" originate?
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Why were the people of Gerasene afraid of the presence of Jesus? [migrated]

We read at Mk 5:14-17 (NRSVCE), the immediate after-effects of the driving out of evil spirits by Jesus at Gerasene by allowing them to enter pigs: The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and ...
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Are Catholics allowed to entertain that the Old Vulgate might contains errors?

In Decrees of the First Vatican Council (1868) in Session 3, Chapter 2 "On Revelation", items 6-7 state: The complete books of the old and the new Testament with all their parts, as they ...
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Are Lutherans the “adversaries” of Catholics, according to the Catholic Church?

I have heard that in the 16th century Lutherans were referred to as "adversaries" by theologians like St. Robert Bellarmine. As far as I know, this goes against Church teaching. Lutherans ...
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What did Jesus mean by saying “Watch with me… ”at Gethsemane?

We read at Mtt 26: 36-45 an account of Jesus' Prayer at Gethsemane: Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And ...
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Why does the priest say the words of the consecration in a low tone in the EF when Jesus probably did not say it in a low tone?

In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (the so-called "Tridentine Mass" or "Latin Mass") the words of the consecration are said in a low tone. In the Ordinary Form they are said in ...
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What ethical considerations, if any, should Catholics have about cryptocurrencies?

Is there anything intrinsically evil in the "wave of the future" in cryptocurrencies? My father-in-law was going to set up some accounts for my kids and I was thinking. Hmm, I should think ...
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Are there souls in hell who contributed to other soul's salvation?

This question is from a Catholic perspective. Is there any writings or some teaching whether a person who highly contribute to someone else's salvation could in fact end up in hell if abandon faith at ...
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Is it more Participatio Actuosa if the congregation hears the words of the Consecration?

I have a question on Participatio Actuosa. This is a term that makes a lot of people confused. Anyway, in the EF of the Roman rite the Priest says the words of the Consecration in silence. He is the ...
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According to Catholicism, was there a co-relation between the time of Transfiguration of Jesus and that of his Prayer at Gethsemane?

We read in Luke 9:28-32 an account of the Transfiguration of Jesus: Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And ...
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Does the holiness of a person grow over time?

Does the holiness of a person grow over time? If not, does the acts of charity/love of a person made in their youth matter if they lose their faith later in life? The only way to get to heaven is ...
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According to Catholicism, did Jesus have a Guardian Angel?

According to Catholicism, did Jesus have a Guardian Angel? If so do we know their name(s)? We see the Angels ministering to the needs of the Godman while on earth, but Scripture does not employ the ...
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Who was the Blessed Virgin Mary's guardian angel?

Catholic teaching is that "Every one of the faithful has his own special guardian angel from baptism. (Sent. certa.)" (Ludwig Ott II ch. 3 §30.2; cf. Matt 18:10: "See that you despise ...
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How is it that the Virgin Mary was able to understand without discernment that it really was the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her?

Many people, including me, are confused about apparitions. We read about the apparition of St Gabriel in Luke Chapter 1. Luke 1:34: "And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I ...
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According to Catholicism, where will our resurrected bodies be after the 'final judgment'?

According to official Catholic teaching, the righteous will be judged after death and then go to either heaven (or purgatory) or hell. However, there will then by a 'final judgment', at which point ...
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According to Catholic Church, what does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?

We see Jesus telling the Samaritan woman at Jn 4: 23-24 (NRSVCE) : "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father ...
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Is disembodied heaven better or worse than embodied heaven, according to Catholicism?

According to Catholicism, immediately after death someone either 'goes' to heaven (or purgatory) or hell. This is the first, or 'particular' judgment. Then, at some unknown point in time, there will ...
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What is the difference between immediate judgment after death and the final judgment, according to Catholicism?

According to this site, adapted from the United States Catechism for Adults, "Our Church teaches that immediately after death, our soul separates from our earthly body and we stand before God for ...
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What is the purpose of the ten Hail Marys in the Rosary if you should not focus on them?

Many Catholics pray the Rosary every day. This is very good. They are meditating on the holy Mysteries. What I don't really get is the ten Hail Marys. I am not saying that it's vain repetition. That's ...
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How is the apparition in Luke chapter one different from other apparitions, such as in Lourdes?

Many people, including me, are confused about apparitions. We read about the apparition of St Gabriel in Luke Chapter 1. Luke 1:34: "And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I ...
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What are the teachings of Catholic Church on the implications of gender-change by individuals, in their life-after-life?

We read at Gen 5:1-2: ""... When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them “Humankind” when they were ...
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According to the Catholic Church, should 'vaccine passports' be contrary to Natural Moral Law?

I've read a lot of shocking stories lately from Lifesitenews and the like about the age of vaccine passports. I think they just assume that the reader will have an innate revulsion to them and don't ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the term “the Son”: in the Sign of the Cross as well as in Matthew 28:19?

We read at Mtt 28:19: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. In the Sign of the Cross we take the name of ...
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Would believing the coming again of the Son of Man has already happened be considered heretical by the Catholic Church?

Some Christians hold that the Second Coming of Jesus is yet to come, and some hold it has already happened (certain kinds of preterism). Would holding that Jesus in the Olivet discourse (Matthew 24:30,...
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Evidence for the authenticity of relics relics such as the True Cross? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is any evidence for the authenticity of various relics such as pieces of the "true cross".
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How does the title of Mary as Co-Redemptrix exemplify or encourage simplicity towards Christ?

From the website Catholic.Org comes this explanation of what is meant by the title Co-Redemptrix as applied to Mary, the Mother of Jesus: In his helpful Introduction to Mary: The Heart of Marian ...
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Are there rules regarding the content of Roman Catholic artwork?

It stands to reason that one cannot display anything that one desires within a Roman Catholic place of worship. In regards to paintings, statuary, stained glass, and iconography on display withing ...
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If one abandons his faith in Catholicism and becomes an Atheist, could he still go to heaven?

If one has been raised a Catholic for all their life, and have just never found meaning in it, and then plans on becoming an Atheist after a difficult conversation with their parents. I would like to ...
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Protoevangelium (Genesis 3:15) translational differences

When reading on Biblical Prophecies, a big one is Genesis 3:15. The Douay-Rheims translation says "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy ...
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How can something be less reverent but impart the same graces?

In my previous question Are Catholics allowed to believe that the EF or OF is objectively more reverent than the other? someone mentioned two terms reverence and imparting grace. I had to ask a new ...
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Did adding the Feast of Sts. Mary, Martha and Lazarus clear up anything bout the identity of Mary?

I was just reading in the National Catholic Register that Sts. Mary Martha and Lazarus have been added to the church calendar by Pope Francis and that the reason they weren't on before was because of ...
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Are Catholics allowed to believe that the EF or OF is objectively more reverent than the other?

I have been to both the Ordinary and the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. Many people at the Extraordinary form told me something that could be understood as "the EF is more reverent than ...
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Does Catholic Church believe that Jews suffered because of the curse of their forefathers at Matthew 27:25?

We read in Matthew 27: 24-25: So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of ...
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Two Jewish Messiahs?

I was looking up at Jewish prophecies that Jesus fullfilled. I stumbled upon the Jewish Messiah page on wikipedia and it said that ancient Jews believed in multiple messiahs, the most talked about ...
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Did St Paul believe that end of the world was imminent?

We read at 1 Cor 7: 29-31 (NRSVCE) : I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as ...
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What constitutes consent to marriage?

Expanding on this question I asked what constitutes consent of a party to marriage in the Catholic view? Imagine a man who was to be married but fell ill on the day of the wedding. Unable to speak ...
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Can a marriage proceed if fiancé is unconscious?

On the morning he was to be married an elderly man is stricken by a massive stroke. His elderly fiancé is devastated. He lies in a coma unresponsive with no hope of recovery. Not withstanding the ...
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The Middle Ages as a Model for the Orderly Society?

I'm interested in finding books and studies (both for and against) the idea that Medieval European society had a kind of order that's desirable. Foundationally, there's a clear religious order--...
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Is it a sacrilege to take communion in hand?

Is it a sacrilege to take communion in hand? In the Old mass, Catholics receive communion by kneeling down and receive the Holy Eucharist in tongue. In the new mass, this has been changed, Catholics ...
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Provenance of Novena of Abandonment

I came across the "Novena of Abandonment" prayer, first via a friend, then saw it on many blogs online etc, for example here: Jesus, You take over and the Rosary of Abandonment. It reads ...
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Is praying the rosary, heard when our attention is difficult to maintain?

If someone is 90 years of age and believes that they have an Attention Deficit issue, is their prayers heard?
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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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