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Between Protestants & Catholics what are the major disagreements with respect to Church history?

I’ve recently wondered at the claims that the Catholic Church had stated that they began 2,000 years ago, and that the Protestant church only began back with Martin Luther or in the 1500’s. In terms ...
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What is the small glass vessel with a gold cap and handle that is next to tabernacles in some churches?

In this video you can see what I'm talking about at the linked timestamp right next to the hand sanitizer. I've also seen this same little vessel right next to the tabernacle on the same level, ...
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Can visiting people who are in an invalid marriage cause scandal?

Is there a catholic teaching or guidance on whether it is OK to visit and sleep over at someone's house who is not in a valid marriage? Can this act show the approval of their marriage and create a ...
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As a Catholic, can I baptize my own child after he is born?

As a Catholic, can I baptize my own child after he is born? I am about to see my first child be born and was wondering if it would be sinful if i were to baptize him myself after his birth. I am aware ...
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Could TLM be passed off as routine liturgical abuse in the Diocese of Chicago?

It's pretty clear that the Cardinal from Chicago has an appetite for allowing random and illicit things to happen under the guise of Vatican II. And he has clamped down on Traditional Latin Mass and ...
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Did St. John Chrysostom believe in papal primacy?

Did St. John Chrysostom believe in papal papacy—i.e., that the pope has supreme power and primacy over the entire Church?
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Who is the earliest Church Father affirming the present Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant?

One of the strongest scriptural basis for the Catholic Marian dogmas is the Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant, appealing to the Glory of the LORD which filled the ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is assassinating politicians ever justifiable under the Natural Law?

I'm listening to a podcast from Relevant Radio talking about how many people in the USA think it's OK to assassinate politicians. Wondering what that Natural Law (as interpreted by the Catholic ...
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What is the license that Catholic priests have to preach?

I was talking briefly with my pastor and didn't get to get into it much with him, but he told me that he was "licensed" to preach. I thought you called this a "faculty" or ...
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Is the 'Jazz Mass' still able to be celebrated?

Are the Jazz Masses, like the ones Mary Lou Williams and Joe Masters composed still licit forms of the Mass or have they been officially suppressed at some point in the last 50-60 years?
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How can Catholics who adhere to Eucharistic Miracles claim the distinction between substance and accidents?

The question of “are Catholics cannibals due to their view on transubstantiation” question cropped up quite some time ago. The top answer on this question makes a distinction between substance and ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

On Protestant theology, Sola Fide is understood as: Sola fide—the doctrine of justification by faith alone apart from works—is simply recognizing what is taught over and over in Scripture—that at ...
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Does 1 Timothy 2:5 debunk intercession of the saints? [duplicate]

1 Timothy 2:5 says: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Does this mean that intercessions of the saints is not possible since Jesus Christ is the only ...
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What is the Catholic Church’s position on the legalization of drugs such as marijuana or cocaine?

Related: What is the Catholic Church's position on recreational marijuana use? Note that I’m not asking whether or not the church approves of drug use. I’m asking if they think it’s morally ...
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Is a lawfully-constituted civil society divinely-instituted?

According to Catholic theologians, is every lawfully-constituted civil authority divinely-instituted like the Church (Mt. 16:18-19)? Pope Leo XIII, in his 1881 encyclical on the origin of civil power, ...
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What are the differences between the various Liturgy of the Hours volumes?

I'm guessing there are other publishers, but I'm speaking specifically about the Catholic Book Publishing English version of the Liturgy of the Hours. I was on a retreat last weekend where we used ...
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Is St Paul referring to physical appearance of man and woman when he speaks of creation in God's image , in 1 Cor 11: 7?

St Paul, while referring to the need for a women to cover her head during worship says in 1 Cor 11:7 (NSRVCE): For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of ...
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What other customary Catholic fasting periods are there aside from Lent?

Lent is presently the only period of fasting binding for Latin Catholics. However, I have come across other times for fasting that bind to one degree or another at various times (some being purely ...
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Was there any church father who believed that Mary was queen of heaven? [duplicate]

The Orthodox and the Roman Catholic church teaches that the blessed Mary is the queen of heaven, was there any early church fathers who believed that Mary is the Queen of heaven or is this a late ...
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Where did St. Catherine of Siena say: “Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”?

Where did St. Catherine of Siena say: “Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”? quoted in this article
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Bishop of Antioch? [duplicate]

If the Bishop of Rome is the successor of Saint Peter, why isn't the Bishop of Antioch the pope? Before Peter went to Rome, he was the Patriarch of Antioch. Shouldn't his successors in Antioch have ...
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Did Jesus engage himself in any profession before the commencement of his Ministry?

We read in Mark 6:2-3 : When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has ...
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Was St. Joseph alive when Jesus came to preach in his hometown?

We read how Jesus is rejected in his home-town, in Mtt 13:54-55 (NRSVCE): He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did ...
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What sort of latitude is afforded a parish in terms of the bread used in the Eucharist, according to the Catholic Church?

According to the Catholic Church, what sort of latitude is afforded a parish in terms of the bread used in the Eucharist? For example, would it be allowed for a parish to use homemade whole wheat ...
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Can a bishop be "demoted" to a priest?

In Catholicism, can there ever be a reason where a bishop is removed from his office and placed back as a priest? If this can occur, what are some of the reasons it might?
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Can Catholics receive a canonically valid marriage after civil elopement?

Would it be legitimate in the eyes of the Church if two Catholics eloped civilly prior to receiving a Catholic wedding - then later enter in to a canonically valid marriage after the 8 month waiting/...
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Must you have completed your confirmation to be able to go to confession?

Is somebody who was christened a Catholic but didn't complete their Confirmation/First Holy Communion still allowed to go to confession with a Catholic priest to confess a sin, repent and ask for ...
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Can a Catholic Parish Give A Building Away?

Our town has approached our parish and requested that the parish sign ownership of our Parish Center over to them. The town wants to build a pool but can only do so if they have enough land to do so ...
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According to Catholic scholars, does Gen. 1:27b ("male and female he created them") follow from Gen. 1:27a ("God created man to his own image")?

Gen. 1:27 (NRSV-CE) says: So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. See that the author of Genesis puts two accounts: one, on the ...
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How do Catholics assert certain Traditions being equal with Scripture when Scripture never says tradition can be of equal authority?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I heard somewhere that Roman Catholic doctrine asserts that tradition and scripture (the Bible) are on equal footing. That being said, what does a practicing Catholic ...
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What is the significance of these figures in a Catholic ordination procession?

In this video by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, we can see brief moments of the procession into the church. At the front of the procession with the cardinal (at 5:04), there ...
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Does the bible teach the intercession of the saints? [duplicate]

Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians argue that intercession of the saints is a biblical practise, but where in the bible do we find the intercession of the saints?
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Is it obligatory for a Catholic to obey all government regulations even if they contradict religious norms?

What happens when the law contradicts the word of God, his commandments, his moral norms, catechism, etc. What prevails? Is it legitimate to disobey the laws of the land to protect Christian values ...
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Authority of Metropolitan Archbishops?

Who are the Metropolitan Archbishops and what authority does that have over ordinary bishops? And what is canon law talking about the authority of Metropolitan Archbishops?
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What was the Early Church Fathers' view of female teachers in the Church?

There is a lot of debate between Roman Catholics and Protestants on if women can be reverends or pastors within the church and have and maintain a leadership role. What was the early church fathers' ...
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According to Catholicism, is a lie ever justified?

The obvious example of a justified lie comes from the third Reich’s hunt for Jews. Should we lie in order to protect the Jews hiding in the persons home? According to Catholicism, is lying in a ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is Jesus a man, or does He rather have a human nature without being a man?

According to the Catholic Church, is Jesus 'a man' properly speaking, or it is more correct to say He has a human nature while not being a man? For example, would it be true to say "Jesus is a ...
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Is the social teaching of the Catholic Church entirely geared toward Western democracies?

I was thinking about the amendments to the Catholic Church's teaching on the death penalty: Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the ...
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Mass obligation & travel to different diocese?

If I attend Mass on Ascension Thursday in my diocese that observes Thursday & travel to a diocese that transfers to that Sunday, do have Sunday obligation since the liturgy will be the same?
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If someone is barred from receiving communion by their own Bishop, what are the consequences of continuing to receive it outside their diocese?

According to this article, U.S. politician Nancy Pelosi has continued to receive communion in another diocese despite being forbidden from doing so in her own diocese by her Archbishop. Is this ...
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What are the arguments for believing Jewish men would marry Temple Virgins who had taken vows of chastity?

Certain Christians believe Mary was a perpetual virgin. Furthermore, they believe there were Jewish Temple Virgins (discussion on this here) and that Mary was consecrated as a Temple Virgin. They ...
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What is the Catholic Church's answer to Nancy Pelosi's argument of a double standard between abortion and the death penalty?

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was recently barred from receiving communion in her diocese by her bishop over her obdurate viewpoint with regard to abortion, in response she said: I wonder ...
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What is the biblical basis to prove the perpetual virginity of Mary? [duplicate]

Roman Catholics believe that the blessed Mary not only was a virgin up until the birth of Christ but remained a perpetual virgin from then until the moment of her death. What is the biblical basis for ...
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Was the theory of many extraterrestrial worlds considered blasphemous by the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th century?

According to Martiniz A. A., the main accusation of Giordano Bruno from the inquisition is simply the ideas of many-worlds: No other accusation was invoked even half as much. In another reference ...
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What are the major arguments Protestants make for the Catholic Church being apostate?

What are the major arguments Protestants make for the Catholic Church being an apostate church?
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What are the attributes of the `life' Jesus is referring to in Jn 5: 26 where he speaks of `life in himself' granted by the Father?

We read in Jn 5: 25-26 (NRSVCE): Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the ...
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Is there a Catholic “timeline” of Salvation?

This may come off as an odd request - but I’m looking for a catholic roadmap of salvation that gives an order to how one comes to salvation and maintain salvation through the sacraments. This request ...
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Meaning of clapping at the end of mass

At the parish I'm visiting (within the archdiocese of Vancouver), after singing the recessional hymn (during which the cross, the priest and the altar helpers walked along the nave to the front of the ...
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If a Catholic believes scripture supports a heretical position, but denies that position himself based on the Magisterium, is he a heretic?

According to the Catholic Church, if a Catholic's own interpretation of scripture leads to a conclusion regarding what scripture says that the Catholic Church holds is heretical (for ex., denying ...
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What is the biblical basis for denying the Lord's Supper to those in mortal sin?

Recently, Nanci Pelosi was barred from receiving Eucharist by the Catholic Church, due to her public stance on abortion which contradicts the Catholic faith, considered a mortal sin by the Church. ...
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