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Did the Catholic Church Refuse Communion to Nazi Leaders Advocating Late Term Abortions as a Form of Birth Control?

In the news recently was the issue of denying communion to those claiming to be Catholic, but allowing for late term abortions as a form of birth control. The Roman Catholic assumption, if I ...
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Has any Catholic scholar fully explained the deeper meaning of the allegory of eagle in Deut 32: 11-12?

We read in Deut 32:11-12 (NRSVCE): As an eagle stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young; as it spreads its wings, takes them up, and bears them aloft on its pinions, the Lord alone guided him; no ...
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In the Catholic church, can a child be baptized secretly when one parent objects?

Let's say a Protestant couple has a child who has been raised in a Protestant church that believes in adult baptism. So the child has not yet been baptized. The husband then becomes Catholic and ...
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Can a baptized Protestant (but not confirmed as Catholic) receive absolution from a Catholic priest?

Let'say I was baptized in a Protestant church (for example, Presbyterian) that is in the list of churches whose baptism is recognized by the Catholic church (such as this list). But let's say I'm ...
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Catholic Translation of the bible which inserts the four marks in Matt 16 "on this rock I will build my church"

I'm trying to track down a Catholic bible translation. I saw a screenshot of it online (a picture of a physical copy) a few months ago but have yet to identify which translation it is. The key thing ...
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Has the Catholic Church thought of setting up of a corpus to fund the safe commuting of parish priests within the territory of their service?

Every now and then, one comes across the sad news of the death of a young priest in road accident. Strangely, most of those accidents involve the two-wheeler motor vehicle the priest was riding on. ...
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According to Catholic Christology, is Dr. Craig’s view of Jesus’ knowledge heretical?

I was recently listening to an interview in which William Lane Craig argued that Jesus of Nazareth could not know something, but the divine logos (the second person of the trinity) could know ...
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What is the wording used for Christadelphian baptism?

The top answer currently on the question Would a person baptized by a Biblical Unitarian church be considered a Christian by the Catholic Church? links to a document Valid baptisms reference list from ...
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Does Romans 14:14 betray a shaky conviction of St Paul in relation to clean and unclean food?

We see St Paul writing in Romans 14:14 (NRSVCE): I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. St Paul appears to ...
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What arguments does the Catholic Church use to require Trinitarian intent on the part of the baptizer for a 'valid' baptism?

It looks like the 'intent' of the baptizer requires some sort of assent to Trinitarian beliefs in order for a baptism to be considered valid by the Catholic Church (see Would a person baptized by a ...
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Would a person baptized by a Biblical Unitarian church be considered a Christian by the Catholic Church?

According to the currently top answer to the question Who is a Christian according to the Catholic Church? a 'Christian' according to the Catholic Church is one who is validly baptized. That leads to ...
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Are registers signed during a Convalidation ceremony

My husband is Roman Catholic and I m Pentecostal. We married under a lot of pressure with no family members present. After much strife our families have agreed We have been trying to book a notice of ...
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According to Catholicism, how can the Holy Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son if it is God?

Given the Filioque (the idea that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son), how can the Holy Spirit be considered God? Given that God is necessary, it seems to me that the Filioque ...
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Leipzig Debate Between Luther and Johann Eck

Are there any resources on The Leipzig Debate Between Luther and Johann Eck?
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Are the fallen angels already in hell?

Aquinas argues that angels achieve their end by a single meritorious act. They either choose God, thereby possessing the Beatific Vision, or the reject him and fails permanently to achieve the end ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, did Tobias and Sarah consummate their marriage on their wedding night or just pray together?

I was listening to a recent podcast on Relevant Radio where the host said there's a tradition in the Catholic Church of not "engaging in the conjugal act" on couples wedding night and that ...
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According to Catholic scholars, are the terms "God's Plan" and "God's Will" one and the same?

The Bible very rarely uses the term God's Plan, for instance: Ps 107:11 (NIV): because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. Micah 2:3 (NIV): Therefore, the ...
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What are the major arguments Protestants use against both Catholic and Orthodox claims of authority re scriptural interpretation?

The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church both claim authority re scriptural interpretation. They are different organizations, and Protestants reject the claims of authority by both. Are there any ...
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According to Catholicism, is there a distinction between paradise and heaven?

Luke 23:43 says: And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (ESV) I have heard a few people say that paradise in this verse is not referring to heaven, but a ...
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For traditional sources, how does the Catholic Church distinguish between holy truth and human speculation from the same author?

Some denominations believe that the Bible is the sole source of revealed knowledge (e.g. Protestant Sola scriptura). Some believe that recorded oral tradition that doesn't contradict the Bible is a ...
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What's the difference between "knowledge" and "full knowledge" when it comes to sin?

This is actually not a speculative question! :) An act committed with mere knowledge is not a mortal sin--it must be full knowledge. So, what is the difference between mere knowledge and the full ...
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What was the ante-Nicene Fathers' view on image veneration?

What was the ante-Nicene Fathers' view on image veneration and its use inside churches?
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Does Lk 8:3 rule out the theory that Mary Magdalene had had a life of promiscuity before she became a disciple of Jesus?

We read in Lk 8:1-3 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had ...
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How did the Catholic Masses' kyriales get their names?

There are eighteen plainchant settings of the ordinary of the Mass (kyriales), sixteen of which have specific names. 1961 Liber Usualis: Ordinary Chants Name Season Mode Century 1 Lux et origo In ...
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What does St Paul mean by saying "wages credited as a matter of obligation "?

We read in Romans 4: 3-5(NIV): What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an ...
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Did the early church believe in the supremacy of Rome? [duplicate]

Did the early church fathers believe in the supremecy of rome and if so where is the evidance for this? Roman Catholics claim that the church of rome has supreme authority as it is the church of the ...
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Who are called Catholics in the Early Church?

I saw recently that some protestants are trying to label themselves as authentic Catholics. “Protestants: The Most ‘Catholic’ of Christians.” Reforming Catholic Confession Who are called Catholics in ...
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Where did the nomenclature “godfather” originate from?

As per Catholic tradition, a baby at the time of baptism, gets a godfather and a godmother. They are the ones who present the child at baptism and promise to take responsibility for his/her ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, what is their doctrinal view of the inerrancy of Scripture? [duplicate]

Q: According to modern church tradition and/or doctrine, what is Roman Catholicism’s stance on the inerrancy of Holy Scripture?
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Was there a time before the East-West schism where heretics outnumbered Catholics?

I am curious whether there was any one heresy that commanded a large enough following that the orthodox Catholics were outnumbered? The scope of this question is worldwide The point of view is the ...
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What are the main arguments the Catholic Church uses in support of the sole interpretive authority of the Magisterium?

According to the Catechism (CCC 100) "The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops ...
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Did anyone publicly call Jesus a glutton?

We see Jesus saying in Mtt 11:18-19 (NRSVCE): For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are sex positions that can’t bear children sinful?

Note that my question is asking about married couples, not just any two people engaging in intercourse. According to the Catholic Church, would a husband in wife be in sin if they committed any of the ...
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Theoretically, could a lay person, by virtue of their baptism, validly consecrate Holy Eucharist?

Does the ability to validly consecrate Eucharist come from our baptism? Does ordination add an extra power not given in baptism? Or is ordination simply the act of setting aside a baptized person for ...
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Is it impossible for a finite human to commit a mortal sin by its very definition?

A mortal sin requires 3 things: grave matter, full knowledge, and deliberate consent. As finite beings, we cannot fully know God--this is stated by the apophatic tradition which includes Aquinas and ...
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Did the Early Church Fathers condemn polygamy?

Today I was debating with a Christian who believes in polygamy and claimed that the Early Church Fathers allowed for the act of polygamy, is that true and is there any evidence that the Early Church ...
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An Original Source Containing the Sermon of St. Leonard of Port Maurice: The Little Number of Those Who are Saved

This rather famous homily of the eighteenth century Franciscan is rather easy to come by on the internet; for example, see https://www.saintsbooks.net/books/St.%20Leonard%20of%20Port%20Maurice%20-%...
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According to the Catholic church, was there a New Testament writer who was not a bishop?

When writing my answer to another question about the teaching authority of the NT writers (as Magisterium), I was wondering whether any author of the 27 books of the New Testament was not a bishop? ...
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Did John the Evangelist refer to himself as `the disciple whom Jesus loved 'in retrospect?

We see John the Evangelist referring to himself as `the disciple whom Jesus loved' , four times in the Gospel (Vs 13:23, 19:26, 21:7 and 21:20), the first reference being to the conversation at Last ...
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What is the role of a witness during wedding?

I'd like to know what the role is of a witness during wedding ceremony besides signing the wedding paperwork? Is there a spiritual duty of some kind? A godparent or a confirmation sponsor has a role ...
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Did Jesus descend into hell in his living body?

We see Jesus telling in Mtt 12:40: For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the ...
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Can a Catholic priest hearing a person's confession recall the content of earlier confessions? [duplicate]

In answer to my question on situations where a priest hearing the confession can deny absolution, a few answers say that denial can be done if the person confessing is not ready to refine his life. ...
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Can or do Catholic religious education curricula teach children about other religions?

Catholics are not excluded from studying other religions. In fact several Catholic scholars have become experts on Buddhism and Islam. But should a child study other religions? Is there any advice ...
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Did the Early Church believe in purgatory?

Roman Catholics believe in purgatory, which is a state of purgation in which our soul goes through before entering into the kingdom of God, but are there any Early Church Fathers who believed in the ...
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Does Our Lady purify our intentions?

Does Our Lady purify our intentions? For example, if one says a Hail Mary with mixed intentions (e.g., with the intention to please himself, though also with a virtual intention to please God), does ...
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Excommunicated Nazis?

Have any members of the Nazi party under Adolf Hitler (including Hitler) ever been excommunicated from the Catholic Church? I suspect the answer is negative. Hitler was raised Catholic. The Church has ...
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If you do something that the Roman Catholic teaches is a grave matter, but you don't agree it is a grave matter, do you have to confess it?

If you are conscious of having done something which the Roman Catholic Church teaches is grave matter, but you don't agree it is, in fact, grave matter; do you have to confess it? For instance, if you ...
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Did Jesus' body stay warm in the tomb?

We read in Jn 19: 39-40 how the body of Jesus was prepared for burial : Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with ...
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According to the Catholic Church, when can a priest refuse to grant absolution in confession?

We see Jesus authorizing St. Peter in Mtt 18:18: Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. But, we also see ...
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At what point does a convert become a Roman Catholic?

If someone who is baptized outside of Roman Catholicism converts to Roman Catholicism, what specific act makes them a Roman Catholic? At what point does the convert say, "I am no longer Anglican (...
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