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What did Jesus mean by saying 'to the right of the boat '?

We see at Luke 5:3-4 (NRSVCE) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. ...
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What are the relationships of the Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?

According to Catholic theology, what are the relationships of the seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost to the beatitudes and virtues?
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Can a Bishop forbid some literature to the faithful under his rule?

Can a Bishop, forbid the reading of some books (or any kind of literature) to faithful under his rule, in such a way, that it would be sinful for the faithful to not follow his advice?
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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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Why is there a need for a sacrifice by Jesus?

In the biblical texts of Genesis, God is the one who creates everything into existence. If that was the case then why would God need to send Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity? God should ...
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What was the impetus for restoring the Consecration of a Virgin in the 20th Century?

The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins says the following about their sacramental: The Consecration of a Virgin is one of the oldest sacramentals in the Church, and one of the fruits ...
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If an Eastern Rite Catholic marries in the Western rite, does he/she need to formally change rites?

All the Eastern rites of the church are in communion with the Pope, else they would be a variant of Orthodox Christianity. However, say there was an Eastern Rite man marrying a Western Rite woman. ...
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Do Catholics believe in other apparitions like Mary? Or is she unique in this respect?

From the outside looking in, it appears that the Catholic believe that Mary has and does appear to people somewhat frequently. It seems to be called "apparitions" . You read more about them on this ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”?

What I am not asking about: Glossolalia, as practiced by Charismatics in the modern day. What I am asking about: St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain and travelled as far north as Germany and ...
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Tackling Catholic philosophy and theology

I'd like to read and understand Catholic theology, philosophy and Tradition as best as I can. I'm a biologist and not a philosopher/theologian -- and as such, I cannot (and thus far have not) ...
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Can a Catholic priest excommunicate someone for premarital sex?

I was a Catholic. I did my sacraments according to the Catholic lifestyle. When I was born, I was baptized. Around age of 8 years, I got my First Holy Communion, and around 14 years of age, I went to ...
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Aren't Romans Catholics cults? As they have different doctrine comparing to Christianity [closed]

In Christianity, the churches always teach about the doctrine of Christianity, the fundamental beliefs, how Christian view God as a Trinity God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equally al-...
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Can an indulgence be obtained for a deceased non-Catholic Christian?

The Manual of Indulgences published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states that The faithful can obtain partial or plenary indulgences for themselves, or they can apply them to ...
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Should dating couples who put themselves regularly to the occasion of sin be granted absolution if they do not have a will to avoid such situations?

Definitions. dating couple = (young) man and (young) women who have a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship between them. Question. Should dating couple which regularly (or just without any good reason) ...
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Was Jesus good at singing? [closed]

At Matthew 26: 27-30 we see: Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many ...
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Does the text of the 13th Century Vita of St. Dymphna still exist today?

The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia says the following about St. Dymphna: The earliest historical account of the veneration of St. Dymphna dates from the middle of the thirteenth century. Under Bishop ...
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Is it necessary to be contrite for every sin that confession is valid?

Question: Is it necessary for valid confession to be sorry for every sin of which one is aware of? It seems to me that it is necessary to be sorry for every mortal sin of which one is aware, but that ...
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Was there any case of a homosexual priest in the early Church and how did the Church handle that?

Was there any case of a homosexual priest in the early Church and how did the Church handle that (if it occurred)?
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Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?

Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?
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Was any transgender person ever ordained as a Catholic priest?

We find this entry in the Wikipedia: "Theodora of Alexandria was a saint and Desert Mother who was married to a prefect of Egypt. In order to perform penance for a sin she committed, she disguised ...
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What is the origin of Angel of God prayer?

What is the origin of Angel of God prayer?
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Was the disagreement between the disciples in Acts inspired by the Holy Spirit? [duplicate]

At Acts 15:36-41 (NRSVCE)we see : " After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are ...
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Whether Ignatian spiritual exercises are good for the discernment of vocation according to Thomistic understanding of vocation?

All I know about Ignatian spiritual exercises was orally transmitted to me from priests and others, therefore I may misunderstand Ignatian spiritual exercises and in that case please correct me. ...
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Whether beatific vision gives us univocal knowledge of God?

Here on this world, we can have only analogous (analogy of proper proportionality) knowledge of God. When someone attains the beatific vision, does he have univocal knowledge of God? If not, is ...
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Patron saint of professional excellence? Professional excellence and holiness?

Are there saints that were excellent at performing their duties as professionals? Of course, there can be legends that Saint Joseph was perfect master, but there is no evidence of his dedication, ...
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Does the “fullness of time” in Galatians 4:4 depends on Mary's state of grace?

But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law. (Galatians 4:4) When God finally sent angel Gabriel, the encounter begins with an unusual greeting ...
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Catholicism - From where does the doctrine of sinless Mary come from Scripturally? [duplicate]

It has become apparent to me that The Queen of Heaven, aka Mary the immaculate, she, who is deified and prayed to by the traditional churches including the Roman Catholic Church is presumed sinless. ...
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Where does this famous St. Augustine quote about the repentant thief come from?

There is a very famous quote in French Catholic circles that would be translated as something like: No, I had not studied the Scriptures, but Jesus looked at me on the cross and, in his gaze, I ...
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Do the ancient churches built by the Portuguese have a statue of mermaid on the façade?

My parish church (St Mary's Forane Church, Muttom, Cherthala, Kerala ) in southern India, believed to have been built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century has, among other images, two built-in ...
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Do Catholics believe that everyone should convert to Christianity for their own salvation?

From my understanding it is the Catholic view that all people should be baptized and converted to the Christian faith for their own salvation. So, for me it follows logically, that Christians ...
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Can a priest make disclosure of sin a part of penance?

Let us imagine that a priest is hearing confession and that a penitent confesses to a major crime, such as murder. Can the priest tell the penitent to turn himself in as part of the penance?
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Biblical justification of the salvation theory of Christ's death presented by Paul

What are the origins / biblical references to justify the doctrine that Christ's death on the cross saved us from our sins? From my understanding the majority of biblical passages referring to ...
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What effects do Christ's passion and resurrection have on us right now?

According to Christianity Christ "died on the cross to save us from our sins". I would like to get a better understanding of the origins and mechanics of this doctrine. Christ died for our sins, as ...
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Can knowledge obtained in a seminarian's confession be used to determine if he should be ordained?

When a seminarian confesses to his superior or bishop, it seems that his future position within the church could be jeopardized. If a seminarian has a serious habit of mortal sin which his superior ...
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How can Jesus saw Nathanael in John1:48 when he was not at that place? [closed]

Jesus said no servant is greater than his master. Jesus even showed to Apostles that he can walk on water but only Peter had enough courage to follow although his faith was not yet enough. Eastern ...
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What are the Church Laws governing ingredients and shapes of altar bread in the Catholic Church?

There appears to be perfect uniformity in the texture and make of the Sacramental Bread in Catholic churches all across the world. I wish to know if there are any laws governing the ingredients and ...
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Is wearing makeup sinful according to Catholic teaching?

Is wearing makeup is sinful according to Catholic teaching? If so, why? I am not asking about someone who would put makeup to cover some kind of deformity on his face (like when someone gets burned ...
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What are the origins of the Our Lady of Grace statues?

What is the original Our Lady of Grace statue? Is it associated with a particular Marian apparition? There are many coloration variations in these statues, so I show this monochrome garden statue as ...
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Do Catholics believe that people can be saved without hearing the name of Christ? [duplicate]

Do Catholics believe that people can be saved without hearing the name of Christ? I came across this while listening to John MacArthur on Catholicism, and Billy Graham What do Catholics believe is ...
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The Glory Be prayer and consolation - Catholic Spirituality

Is there a Catholic author who discussed how praying the Glory Be prayer can provide consolation? I am looking for a book/article on that topic.
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What does Neo-Scholastic Thomism say about the Charismatic Renewal movement?

What does Neo-Scholastic Thomism say about the Charismatic Renewal movement? Contemporary Thomist philosopher Dr. Ed Feser, in The Thomistic Tradition (part 1), defines "Neo-Scholastic Thomism" as ...
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What was the hour of the Annunciation?

I'm reading Benedict XVI's "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives" and he indicates how Gabriel appeared to Zachariah in the evening. Also Gabriel appears to Daniel (Dn 9, 21) at the same hour: ...
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What was influence of Thomism on the Council of Trent?

What was influence of Thomism on the Council of Trent? Did anyone study this question and write some article, essay or book on this topic?
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Are spiritual pleasures > carnal pleasures, according to Catholicism?

Does Catholicism consider spiritual pleasures greater than carnal/sexual/bodily pleasures?
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Does the Catholic Church teach that modern churches have guardian angels?

Revelation chapters 2 and 3 involve John being instructed to write letters to the angels of particular churches. For instance: To the angel of the church in Ephesus write… In Scott Hahn’s Book The ...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost, and the Western Church does not?

Just from Wikipedia I have found that the 49 days before Pentecost are called "Pentecost" (there's even "Mid-Pentecost" which is the midpoint from Easter to Pentecost) but in the Western Church I can'...
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Did Jesus's rational soul or His spirit descend into hell?

Jesus said on the Cross: "Father into your hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). The Apostles' Creed says: "Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. And then Jesus ...
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Why are the disciples addressed differently in different contexts?

At John 21: 4-5 we see a post-resurrection event when Jesus addresses the disciples as children: Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was ...
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What was St. Robert Bellarmine teaching on human cooperation with grace?

What did St. Robert teach on grace and cooperation with it? Did he accept the Thomistic doctrine of grace? Did he agree with Báñez or did he side with Molina?
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Is partaking of the Holy Eucharist the key to incorruptibility of the saints?

The Incorruptibles by Joan Caroll Cruz has many stories about incorruptible saints. These saints with incorruptible bodies are Catholic, and I never heard any Protestant, other non-Catholic ...