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How does one go to Confession before receiving the Eucharist if I am not Catholic?

So, I want to become a Catholic and so from what I have gathered, just go through the Eucharist. However I am pretty sure I have committed a few mortal sins and so cannot go through the Eucharist. ...
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Is seeing nudity a sin in Roman Catholicism?

If someone saw a nude image ad once on the internet, would that be considered sin in the Catholic church? What about a nude painting at an art gallery? Is it a mortal sin to see these? Or should one ...
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Did Jesus appear post-resurrection to twelve apostles?

We see at 1 Cor 15:3-5: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that ...
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Do the Rogue Pits of cemeteries still exist?

In the not-so-good old days, there used to be an annexe to the Christian cemetery, called Rogue Pit in some places, where members who had commited suicide or had lived sinful public life would be ...
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Was Saint Augustine a Calvinist on divine foreknowledge?

It is my understanding that Calvinism conflates God's passive will with His active will—i.e., the fact that He knows something will occur due to His divine foreknowledge and allows said thing to occur ...
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Questions about this icon of Saint Sophia

Below is an icon of Saint Sophia and her three daughters (Faith, Hope, and Charity). It's so cute! I hope someone who is knowledgeable about iconography can answer a couple questions I have about it. ...
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Christ as primordial sacrament

The theologian Edward Schillebeeckx described Christ as the primordial sacrament. What does that mean?
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What is the origin of the term Prima Scriptura and the background against which it was defined?

Prima Scriptura is the doctrine that canonized scripture is "first" or "above all" other sources of divine revelation. Implicitly, this view acknowledges that, besides canonical scripture, there ...
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Minimum age of marriage in the Catholic Church through the ages

I was watching a fictional series situated in XV century France, where a girl (princess) aged 8 married a +18 years old man (prince), through the Catholic Church. I wonder whether that was actually ...
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The Ten Commandments vs Other Laws

Good Day, In the Old Testament Moses was given the Ten Commandments which we all know and try to follow as best as we can. The general usefulness of these Ten Commandments have shaped western law and ...
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Does Catholic Church condemn cruelty to animals? [duplicate]

The Government administrtion in my country, India, has of late been positively intervening against cruely to animals including stray dogs and domesticated cattle . I would like to know whether the ...
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Did the Devil pre-exist human beings?

We see at Genesis 3:1 "Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made." We go on to read at Gen 3: 14: "The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have ...
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Is the orientation of a grave facing East required in the Catholic Church?

I noticed in a local rural cemetary that all the graves run east-west. It also appears that the Head stones are on the West end of the vault/coffin. Thus, I intuit that the Head is near the West ...
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Are Catholics allowed to drink coconut water during the hour before they take communion?

I know they are not allowed to consume anything but water and medicine during the hour before they take communion. In addition to the fasts mentioned above, Roman Catholics must also observe the ...
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Is Baptism by Holy Sprit and Baptism by Fire the same thing?

At Matt 3: 11 we see John the Baptist speaking of Jesus: “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is there a missing line between Verses 4 and 5 of John Chapter 2?

At John 2: 3-7 we read about the first miracle of Jesus at the wedding of Cana: "3.When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4. And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what ...
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What is the will of the (Catholic) Church when she baptizes?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that, in an emergency, any person with the right intention can baptize. And “the intention required is to will to do what the Church does when she baptizes.” (...
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Are there examples of “successful” celibate homosexuals, according to the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Church puts forward to the laity the example of many many saints, in their different dimensions (charity, chastity, prayer, sacrifice, etc), as inspiration to our own lives and challenges....
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How do Catholics observe Lent through a dignified and appropriate use of food?

Have you considered presenting menus for those fasting days for religious people to follow? If so, what foods to eat on which fasting season and why? Display pictures if possible. Many would ...
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Who are the people who attempts to enter heaven but aren't able?

In Luke 13:22-24 22 He passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, ...
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What is the meaning behind this coin of Pope St. John Paul II?

I have in my possession a big coin in a nice box with the papal heraldry of Pope St. John Paul II. I am very curious Where this coin came from and why this coin exists. I have found many ...
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How were the Vatican I and Vatican II councils related?

What was the difference between The First Vatican Council and the Second? Was the Second Council a continuation of the first? What does a 'Pastoral' Council mean?
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Who was God talking to, at Babel?

At Genesis 11: 5-7 we read: " The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is ...
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Why is there no first Sunday in Ordinary Time?

After the Baptism of the Lord, there’s the second Sunday of Ordinary Time. What happened to the first Sunday of Ordinary Time?
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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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Was St. John Vianney the first parish priest to become canonized?

I saw a local play about the life of St.John Vianney (1786–1859). One of the characters noted that in over 1800 years of Catholic history, a parish priest had never become a saint (to which another ...
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Can a priest validly celebrate a mass without anybody else present?

Say that a priest for whatever reason wanted to do a mass by himself. He does all the parts of the liturgy, including the consecration of the Eucharist. The only thing is, he’s completely alone; ...
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Are there any Unitarian Catholic Churches?

Preface to Question: Weird question, I know that Catholicism's orthodox teachings are trinity, so this question is strange to me also. Growing up, I was not raised catholic and believed that Jesus ...
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Apart from any claim related to antiquity, does the modern Roman Catholic Church claim to be ‘The Body of Christ'?

An argument to be the Universal Church (made by any organisation) might be the argument of continuity and antiquity, that an organisation can trace its existence back to antiquity such that it can ...
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Concerning the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Why do the American and Canadian Rites of Initiation differ in numbering and in the way that the rites are sometimes celebrated?
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What was the Crown of Thorn in the Lord's Passion made of?

At Matthew 27:29 we see : "..and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the ...
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According to Catholicism, when is the Scripture source of infallible doctrine and when is it not?

Infallible doctrines and dogmas of the Catholic Church are directly or indirectly based on Scripture. As this page states: The Church's Magisterium exercises the authority it holds from Christ to ...
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If we had to make distinction, which is greater, faith or hope? [Catholic Perspective]

I assume the existence of God a priori. I am looking for an answer from a Catholic perspective.
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If God could make Mary sinless, why not anybody else?

In this thread one of the answers states that Catholic tradition has Mary as sinless from conception (if I read it correctly). I don't want to sound flippant here but this begs the question: if God ...
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Would frozen holy water still retain its blessing?

Say that a person had a container with holy water and the water within it froze. Would that frozen holy water still retain its blessing and be efficacious in protecting against evil, be able to be ...
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Obligation to get married with partner?

Are Catholics obligated to get married with their partner (i.e., Is the Catholic faith against domestic partnerships)?
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In Catholicism, is an object a third-class relic if touched by a saint when they were alive?

So, I know that a piece of a saint's body counts as first-class relic. And I know that third-class relics can be created by touching them to a first-class relic. But usually people only talk about ...
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Style of referring to a cardinal

As I grew up, I was accustomed to referring to a cardinal by inserting his title between his first and last names. Thus, for example, I was confirmed by the then-archbishop of St. Louis, John Cardinal ...
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Catholicism: Memento Mori in Christianity?

In this video, the priest says that Memento Mori is an integral part of Christianity. He says that priests and nuns used to place skulls on their desks to remind them of their impending death. I have ...
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Catholicism: How to treat beggars?

My country is full of beggars asking for money, sometimes it's kinda family controlled business, the parents ask their children to beg for money and then steal the money from them, some beggars are ...
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Historical origins of the doctrine of God's self glorification

Within the Reformed tradition, it is a considered a fundamental principle of doctrine that the 'Chief End' of Man, of Creation and most importantly of God Himself is His own self glorification. We see ...
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Does “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23, 5:12) include every single human being?

My mother and I go round and round on various Catholic vs. Protestant beliefs and in particular the Catholic belief in the pseudo-divinity of Mary. One item is whether Mary was sinless. I pointed to ...
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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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Are there any Indian Christian traditions (Liturgical or scriptural) where God is referred to as “Brahman”?

The title sums up the question. The reason I ask is that historically Catholics have placed a heavy emphasis on inculturation when evangelising new cultures. Rather than introducing western words for ...
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What did Thomas Merton mean by cartesian when it comes to modern christianity?

Wikipedia article on Thomas Merton states: He believed that for the most part, Christianity had forsaken its mystical tradition in favor of Cartesian emphasis on "the reification of concepts, ...
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What are the practical effects of sanctifying grace?

My eldest daughter (bless her soul) answered a question in her Catechism work book Q: "What must we do once we receive sanctifying grace?" A: "Nothing, it's not real" So how can I prove to her that ...
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Trying to understand the footnotes in the documents of the Vatican II council

PREFACE: I am trying to familiarize myself more with more proper catholic doctrines declared by the Vatican II council for when I interact with Catholics, more than just reading the Catechism. A ...
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Was the Catholic title “vicar of Christ” conceived as an “assistant” or an “agent”?

I was under the impression that a "vicar" was a "replacement" or "one acting in the stead of" another (an "agent") but it appears the Roman title of "vicar" seems to be more of an assistant. What is ...
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What is the “fideism” rejected by the Catholic Church?

In philosophy, fideism seems to be used as a label to refer to epistemological approaches that tend to prioritize faith over reason. And this makes sense; after all, "fideism" is just Latin for "...
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Can Catholics eat food offered to idols?

Mathew 15:11 What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean. Can Catholics eat food offered to idols?