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The Catholic Church and its teachings and views on specific subjects.

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What effect did the 1897 decree regarding the Johannine Comma have on Catholic scholarship?

The Comma Johanneum, found in some versions of 1 John 5:7–8, such as the KJV, is a disputed text that has been used since at least the Middle Ages to defend trinitarian doctrine. Scholars now widely ...
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Are the five propositions condemned by Cum occasione in the Augustinus?

This simple question was the center of the quarrel around Port-Royal and the efficacious grace in the 17th century in France. In fact, the defenders of Cornelius Jansen’s Augustinus argued that they ...
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What is the status of Humbert's views on the efficacy of sacraments in Catholicism?

Humbert of Silva Candida was an important medieval theologian, best known for his involvement in the excommunication of the Patriarch of Constantinople in 1054. He was also a vocal proponent of a ...
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Who was the first Devil's Advocate?

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the Devil's Advocate (Advocatus Diaboli) was: [a] popular title given to one of the most important officers of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, established ...
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The right to read a Catholic church's sacramental register

In the era of handwritten parish registers, when a diocesan or missionary priest performed a sacramental rite, he wrote it up in a semi-structured form in a record book. Sometimes that priest was the ...
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How did Aquinas and Reformation-era Protestants disagree on God's will?

Thomas Aquinas distinguished between God's antecedent and consequent wills. Meanwhile, the Reformed confessions (eg Westminster Confession) distinguished between God's decretive and revealed wills. ...
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How is the "perpetual" excommunication of Acacius by Felix III currently understood in Catholicism?

Around AD 485, the patriarch of Constantinople, Acacius, was excommunicated by Pope Felix III, in a dispute over both theology and authority. This excommunication, however, seems unique in that it ...
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What non-canonical texts do Eastern Catholic liturgies use?

There are some books considered to be canonical by (some) Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Churches, but not by the Latin Church. E.g. 3+4 Maccabees. The Eastern Catholic Churches kept their own ...
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Is "formal schismatic" a useful category in practice?

Wikipedia says that formal schismatics are those who: knowing the true nature of the Church, have personally and deliberately committed the sin of schism. But if formal schismatics have to truly ...
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What is the Roman Catholic Church doctrinal justification of its perceived opposition or support of the independence of Catalonia?

According to the New York Daily News, Vida Nueva (New Life) internet publication said the pope told Spain's new ambassador to the Vatican, Gerardo Bugallo, that the Holy See is against all self-...
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Why is there not a Liturgical Feast in honour of the Father within the Catholic Church?

Why is there not a Liturgical Feast in honour of the Father within the Catholic Church? The Catholic Church is trinitarian in thought and belief. Yet She has no liturgical celebration in honour of the ...
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Why the English version of rosary doesn't insert the mystery in Hail Mary prayer?

In many languages, countries when people pray rosary they insert the mystery in Hail Mary after saying Jesus. It is used officially in public places by everyone. For example: Hail, Mary, full of ...
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What theological problem in the Henoticon triggered the excommunication of the Patriarch Acacius, by the Bishop of Rome in the fifth century?

As I read through Oman's treatment of the Dark Ages, I am struck again and again by his references to Catholics (which seems in a contextual sense to mean Christian orthodoxy writ large) and what I ...
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The Golden Mass of Our Lady?

I spent many, many years in France and while there I read some older liturgical books that explained what the Golden Mass of Our Lady was. These all explained that the Mass in question was in reality ...
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How has opinion on the death penalty among American Catholics shifted since 1974?

In 1974, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "by a substantial majority, voted to declare its opposition to capital punishment" (source). In 1980, it reaffirmed this stance in ...
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How to reconcile Aquinas' analogical view of God with God's self-revelation?

We use language to describe God. However, Aquinas argues in Summa Theologiae that we can only make analogical statements about God, in which our language is incapable of truly grasping or describing ...
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How many people were killed by Protestant Inquisition style tribunals? Asking for references

It's relatively easy to find estimates for the number of people killed during the Catholic Inquisition; one just needs to check the Wikipedia page, to see several estimates of the number of people ...
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Does the Catholic Church in Turkey celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St Peter at Antioch?

Prior to the changes to the General Roman Calendar in 1969, Catholics of the Roman Rite celebrated two Feasts of the Chair of St. Peter. The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch was celebrated ...
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How is the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul celebrated in the domestic church, that is, within the Catholic family in Malta?

The Catholic Archdiocese of Malta celebrates the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul on February 10 each year. I would like to know if the domestic church has any traditional ways of celebrating this ...
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Does the Catholic Church endorse the children of narcissistic parents breaking off contact with them (not necessarily permanently/forever)?

There's this article about narcissists, written from a Christian perspective, ending with claims about how ACONS can honor their nparents. One is: We honor them by insisting that they get the ...
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Why did St. Jerome place Peter's letters after James's letter if Peter was the leader of the apostles and the church?

The Catholic Church believes Peter to be the leader of the apostles. Also, by the time that Pope Damasus I commissioned St. Jerome with the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible (AD 382), the papacy ...
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Why does the Apostles ' Creed not mention that Jesus rose again in body?

The Apostles' Creed says of Jesus : "...was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead..." If Jesus descended into Hell while his ...
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What happens if a Pope is unable to continue his duties due to physical or mental illness?

Say that a Pope becomes bedridden and so he cannot go out in public and does not have the stamina to perform other duties. Or he begins suffering from Alzheimer's and thus cannot remember that he is ...
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Which books is Ross Douthat citing in relation to his conversion to Catholicism

50'35" into this video (Faith Is Not a Sideshow - Ross Douthat at the University of Michigan), New York Times columnist Ross Douthat says this about his conversion to Catholicism (as a teenager): [....
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How does the Catholic Church view Penal Substitutionary Atonement?

How does the Catholic Church view Penal Substitutionary Atonement (as formulated within the Reformed tradition)? A comment on this question, states that PSA 'has been declared doctrinal heresy'. Is ...
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Pope John Paul II and the Agnus Dei sacramentals?

The Agnus Dei sacramental is one of the Church's strongest sacramental which can only be blessed by a pope. This great consecration of Agnus Deis take place only in the first year of each pontificate ...
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What is courting according to the Catholic interpretation of the Natural Law?

The Natural Moral Law is a good way for Christians to understand quite a bit about the nature and purpose of what they're doing and who they are and quite a few of the papal teachings in the last ...
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How were the quarter-millennium anniversaries of the resurrection of Jesus commemorated?

I am wondering how the 2034 Easter celebration will look like from the perspective of various Christian churches. I am mostly interested in the Roman Catholics. Since we can only guess, I would like ...
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According to Catholicism, what is the difference between forgiveness and release from punishment?

The first thing to note is that forgiveness of a sin is separate from punishment for the sin. Through sacramental confession we obtain forgiveness, but we aren't let off the hook as far as punishment ...
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Why can't our immortal souls make our body also naturally immortal?

I have been reading what St. Thomas has to say on resurrection and how the human body will be changed afterwards. St. Thomas talks about how all people, the damned and the saints alike, will become ...
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Persecution in Christianity

I had a strange exchange with a user on this forum. They took a view I doubt Thomas Aquinas would have agreed with. They felt that anything that interfered with saying the Mass was persecution. Let ...
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Which is the distribution of daily hours for Western (e.g. Benedictine) monks?

I've been searching for some reference to the "usual" distribution of hours in terms of sleep, prayer, reading, working, etc for Western monasteries but cannot find a good reference online. ...
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How often has the Pope asked all Catholics to pray the Rosary?

In the history of the Catholic Church, I know there's been extra days of fasting and prayer called for by the Pope and Bishops, but other than prior to the Battle of Lepanto and today (March 19th 2020,...
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Why is Ex 3:10 in the reading of the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C) in German and French lectionary?

The first reading of the Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (today) is Ex 3, 1-8a.13-15. The new (Advent 2018) German lectionary includes also verse 10. The French lectionary has the same. The old ...
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Did any early church Christian writers ever place Origen in a early martyrology or menologium?

Did any early church Christian writers ever place Origen in a early martyrology or menologium? There are many early Church Fathers. Some are canonized saints, while some are not. Origen is not ...
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Whom does Jesus refer to as 'infants' at Luke 10:21?

At Luke 10:21 we see : At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the ...
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Unique "traditional" souvenirs people may obtain from the pope or other Catholic prelates?

Unique "traditional" souvenirs people may obtain from the pope or other Catholic prelates? Believe it or not, there’s a way to get the pope to surrender his zucchetto to you, while in the presence of ...
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Who is the Name's Day Saint of St. John de Brébeuf?

Can anyone tell me who is the name's day saint of St. John de Brébeuf? The name's day saint of someone is similar to a patron saint, but is not exactly the same. I have try to find a source that makes ...
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How is praying understood within the "Death of God" theology?

Theologians like Hamilton and Altizer defend a "secular Theology" that tries to banish the Deus ex machina of traditional Theism. So far so good, but how does one pray before God etsi Deus non ...
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To what extent did the Chinese government force Catholic priests to marry?

In his book The Souls of China, Ian Johnson writes about a type of religious persecution that was inflicted on some groups in China during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76): Across the country, ...
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Does the Catholic Church accept all the teachings of the Byzantine Church after the union?

Late Pope John Paul II said, "Byzantine Church is the other lung of Catholic Church." Does this mean these two churches are united together now? Does the Catholic Church, the bride of Jesus (...
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Is a mass interruption a standard procedure in case of a supposed Eucharistic miracle?

I have read several stories about Eucharistic miracles and it seems the mass is always interrupted on such event. Is it a standard procedure (as for 4th June 2018) or is it up to the priest? More ...
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Are couples with secular marriages not allowed to serve in their Catholic parish?

Are couples who are not married in the Catholic Church, but are married civilly, really not allowed to serve in their parish? What I mean by "serve" is to act as a head of a particular parish ...
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What were St. Maximilian Kolbe's views on general relativity and sanctifying grace?

I read or heard somewhere that St. Maximilian Kolbe posited that Sanctifying Grace spread throughout the cosmos faster than the speed of light at the moment Jesus died on the cross. I know his works ...
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What to think of miraculous images? (Catholic view)

There is some number of images of Jesus or other spiritual beings that are claimed to be miraculous as they miraculously got exposed in a camera. People who took these images swear there was no the ...
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Oldest monasteries where natural science is still practiced?

Science and religion are actually not mutually exclusive at all. In history, we know many examples of clerical scientists. What is the oldest still existing convent (monastery) where monks still ...
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A canon priest's impressive clothing

Agustín Fernández de San Vicente, Canon of the Cathedral of Durango, traveled in 1822 to California as a political emissary. He was a gambler and a dandy who, unsurprisingly, dressed better than the ...
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How do I interpret this list of mediaeval rectors?

This is a rewording of the question What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?. While I asked much the same questions within the body of the article there, the ...
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Did any medieval Catholics believe in the possibility the repentance was possible immediately after death?

Did any medieval Catholics have a pious belief that immediately after death, God gave people a last chance to repent of their sins and thus save their immortal soul from going to hell for all eternity?...
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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 ...