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If a woman does not reach the climax at the time when the husband does, is it morally permissible for her to be stimulated until she achieves it?

If a woman does not reach the climax in the marital act at the time when the husband achieves it (he achieves it before she does), is it morally permissible for her to be stimulated (by herself or her ...
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What is the biblical basis for the assignment of patron saints?

Within Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy specifically (there may be more) there are many patron saints. Is there any biblical basis that exists for the assignment of a patron saint?
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Eschatology: Reformed and Roman Catholic?

I've heard that both Reformed and Roman Catholic eschatologies have Augustine as a major foundation. True?
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Should a priest refuse communion to the inappropriately dressed woman when she approaches to receive it?

Should a priest refuse communion to the inappropriately dressed woman when she approaches to receive? For example, a woman comes dressed with a short dress or bare shoulders in the church, and she ...
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In 1820 how were the Canons of Durango installed?

I am trying to figure out the date when Agustín Fernández became canon priest of Durango, Mexico. I know these steps were taken: Some time in 1820, the bishop and cathedral chapter chose him as canon,...
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Is there a Patron Saint against the coronavirus?

Does the Catholic Church have a “Patron Saint against the pandemic caused by the coronavirus”?
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How does Catholic Church explain the use of singular word “name” in the Prayer of Sign of the Cross?

We see Jesus' instructions to the disciples at Mt 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. This ...
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According to Catholicism, is it permitted for a priest to employ the Benedictio Deprecatoris prayer to stop the spread of the coronavirus?

In our daily living, the Church has given us a treasury of prayers from everything to blessings of various object such as holy water to exorcisms against the evil spirits that possess people. There is ...
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Why are the functions for man clear in the Catholic Church leading and decisive hierarchy, but there is no corresponding function for women?

Aside from the functions that both man and women can take in the Church (they can be lay members of the congregations- single or married, they both can be consecrated single persons, they can be ...
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Can only the priest lead the ritual of washing the feet in Holy Thursday in the Catholic Church?

On Holy Thursday I watched a broadcast from the liturgy in a small religious community in Brasil. The liturgy was led by an elderly priest. Because of the pandemic, there were less than 12 persons to ...
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Why was Jesus crucified in the middle?

We read at Mark 15:27 "And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left."" One wishes to know as to whether it had been pre-determined by the authority say, Pilate, ...
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Were Jesus’ hands tied on the way to Calvary?

Traditions say that Jesus fell three times under the weight of the cross, out of which two instances took place after Simon of Cyrene had been entrusted to help Him carry the cross. One wonders ...
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Can a mentally ill person who takes medication regularly be a Catholic priest?

If a person is mentally ill but his mental illness is controlled by medication and he feels God is and was calling him earnestly for the last forty years of his life to become a priest, can he become ...
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Did Chesterton ever explain why he did not formally become a Catholic until long after he had starting thinking and writing for Catholics?

G.K. Chesterton (b. 1874, d. 1936), a major figure in the Catholic literary revival, who wrote the classic Catholic apologetics book Orthodoxy in 1908 along with Father Brown stories and books shortly ...
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How to suggest more reasonable themes/paradigms for the Covid-19 homilies (sermons) to the Catholic priests and bishops?

While I am fan of Catholic theology particularly and religious sciences and philosophy of religion generally (For example, I am trying to read journal such as Theological Studies from cover to cover, ...
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How do Roman Catholics explain their change in Eschatology?

Gregory I, Pope from 590-605, predicted that the end of the world was imminent in a letter he wrote to Ethelbert, a European monarch. He advised "Further, we also wish your Majesty to know, as we have ...
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According to Catholicism which parts of the Bible actually happened historically?

One of the things that have tested my faith is the question: Did the bible really happen? Was there really a "garden of Eden"? Was there a universal flood" And perhaps more importantly, how important ...
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Was the adoption of the Marian Dogma due to miracles, visions, any signs or any other guidance?

Were the four Marian Dogmas that the Catholic Church believes in given by Jesus Christ through visions, miracles or signs? Or if not, how did the Catholic Church adopt those four Marian Dogmas? How ...
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Does a Mass intention have any value now, if the Mass will be held, possibly, a year later?

Does a Mass intention have any value now (as expressed, submitted and donation made now), if the Mass will be held, possibly, a year later (due to long waiting list of intentions)? I would like to ...
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What did Catholics do to ease the time and maintain hope during historical pestilences such as the Black Plague?

What did Catholics (and other Christians, if applicable) do to ease the time of historical pestilences such as the Black Plague (1347 to 1351), especially in quarantine areas? I can imagine that ...
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Why Catholic Saints are said to be in heaven but not yet given their resurrected bodies?

In my understanding, the Saints are part of the Church Triumphant and in the Catholic Church's understanding of the Communion of Saints they help the Faithful on earth (Church Militant) to intercede ...
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Is there any Bible story where it showed a tiny flicker of hope during turmoil and devastating days in victims', and anxious people's lives? [closed]

Now there is a huge crisis looming over the heads of the earthlings. COVID-19 or Corona Virus. You know it. So is there any particular story in the Bible that comes to your mind and showed a beacon ...
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Why the differences between the Maundy Thursday Mandatum and the Eucharist?

The two links below are examples of many, many Roman Catholic resources explaining the origin, significance, and liturgical format of foot washing (The Mandatum) which takes place during Maundy ...
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How does the Magisterium protect the faithful and the general public against misinformation of the Catholic faith in the Internet Era?

Question in Short In the Internet era, how does the Magisterium help both the faithful and the non-Catholic public to discern the authentic voice of the Catholic faith tradition? Background Before ...
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Why do they have same baptismal name?

I have seen many of Catholics have their baptismal name same as that of their grandparents. Why they do so? Is it given in bible?
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According to the the Catholic Church is ASMR an illicit form of self-stimulation?

I was looking through my daughter's Internet history and found that she was watching something called ASMR on youtube. My wife and I watched these things and we were totally enthralled listening to ...
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According to Catholicism, what does the Bible teach about sins of omission?

According to Catholicism, what does the Bible teach about sins of omission?
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What does “in persona Christi Capitis” mean?

The Church says that the Priest acts "in persona Christi Capitis". Where is this term taken from?
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Does one sin if he refuses food that is put before him?

According to Catholicism, is it sinful to refuse food that is put before you, because you does not like the particular food? We suppose that the food served is made for the one who eats it (not in the ...
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How do superiors in a convent deal with the religious who are selective in the choice of food?

How do superiors in the convent deal with the religious who are selective in the choice of food? For example, if a religious refuses to eat certain foods prepared for him?
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Why is the Latin New Testament authoritative for the Catholic Church rather than the original Greek?

Just wondering why they chose Latin instead of Greek to be the source of truth of the texts, and instead added this abstraction layer when they were so close to the Greek culture at the time?
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In Catholicism since when did willfully violating Sunday Mass obligation become mortal sin?

In the history of the Catholic Church, what led to the classification of willfully violating Sunday Mass obligation to be mortal sin? I'm looking for the origin of canon law, council document, ...
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If a sin can be dispensed, is it really a sin?

Question During the Coronavirus pandemic many Catholic bishops have decided to dispense the faithful from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. The standard teaching is that missing Sunday Mass ...
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If a sin is not intentional but due to psychological or physical reasoning, will Jesus Christ still count that act as a sin?

Sin is really vicious and annoying to God. But what if a sin that is caused by a person's physical or mental ailments does God look upon that person with empathy, sympathy, and compassion? For ...
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Can one take up the cross of someone who is suffering from illnesses and carry them like Simon of Cyrene and pray that to God?

If family members are sick and one wants to pray for their recovery and carry their crosses can they pray to God to bestow their suffering on him or her? Is that a valid prayer? Can one take up ...
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If the Sacrament of Confirmation gives the gift of fortitude, why are we still afraid to do the right thing?

If the Sacrament of Confirmation gives all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, including the gift of fortitude, why are we still afraid to do the right thing?
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Benefits of Mass without a congregation

Bishops of all Catholic dioceses in Germany currently ban the public celebration of mass because of the Corona outbreak. In some European countries the general public is largely confined to their ...
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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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Morality of transacting with damaged currency note/bill

In an economy where transaction in cash is in vogue, one occasionally comes across a currency note or bill which has partially been damaged on account of prolonged use, or has been taped over. One's ...
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What are the major Catholic academic journals?

Here's a question for the community wiki. What are the top 10 Catholic academic journals in English? I can think of a few (The Thomist, Nova et Vetera, Catholic Biblical Quarterly), but I haven't been ...
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Is it possible to receive the full effects of the Catholic Spiritual Communion if one is being distanced from the Communion due to being gay?

The liturgical practices during Covid-19 pandemic bring into spotlight the ancient Catholic practice of doing a Spiritual Communion in order to obtain graces. My question is - there is man who is not ...
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What is the official status of the person of Philomena who at one time was liturgically canonized by Pope Gregory XVI?

What is the official status of the person of Philomena who at one time was “liturgically canonized” by Pope Gregory XVI and not officially canonized? What are the physical, archeological and ...
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Why don't Catholics believe that Christ's atonement removed Original Sin?

Original Sin is the Catholic doctrine that all human are born sinners due to the inheritance of the sin of Adam. However, Jesus Christ atoned for the sin of mankind. Therefore, one would assume the ...
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What measures do Catholic dioceses take at Mass during viral outbreaks?

What changes are made at Masses around the world because of outbreaks like the Covid-19/Coronovirus outbreak? For the last two weeks I've noticed a few changes, but we don't do communion in both ...
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Why does the Pope not issue letters on the lines of Pastorals?

Catholic Bishops have been, from time to time, issuing a Pastoral Letter, often called simply a pastoral, which is an open letter addressed to the clergy and/or laity of a diocese, containing ...
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What was the significance of Jesus' instructions to the disciples at Transfiguration?

We see the instruction given to the three disciples who accompanied Jesus to the site of Transfiguration at Mtt 17:19 : As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one ...
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Is it official Catholic dogma that Mary is the wife of the Holy Spirit?

I've seen many posts here from Catholics describing Mary as the spouse or wife of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Answers calls it a "pious custom". Is this official Catholic dogma? If so, when was it ...
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On what basis do Catholics continue doctrinal development after the Bible canon was closed?

On what basis do Catholics continue doctrinal development after the Bible canon was closed?
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Proof of sacramental absolution required for marriage in France during the French Revolution?

Proof of sacramental absolution required for marriage in France during the French Revolution? I remember reading an ecclesiastical works of how the Catholic Church had suffered during the French ...
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When did the Catholic Church first prohibit bishops from remarrying?

We see the exhortation of St. Paul at 1 Timothy 3: 1-3: The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task. Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once, ...

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