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Can a Catholic Parish Give A Building Away?

Our town has approached our parish and requested that the parish sign ownership of our Parish Center over to them. The town wants to build a pool but can only do so if they have enough land to do so ...
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Why do churches merge?

Our local mobile church leadership has proposed a merger with another local church. Reasons cited were a) pandemic meant they couldn't meet at the public school they had been using for 8 years so we ...
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Unique Catholic Blessings of local Churches?

Unique Catholic Blessings of local Churches? Just as I asked this question concerning Catholic feasts of local Churches, I would like to know if some readers here know of any local blessings attached ...
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Unique Catholic Feasts of local Churches?

Unique Catholic Feasts of local Churches? I would like to gather information on local unique feasts that exist or have at one time existed within the Catholic Church either at a parish, diocesan or ...
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How do different denominations approach casting out heretics in the modern day church?

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from ...
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Do LDS believers not accept any others who self-identify as 'Christian'?

I have a question, following on from the previous question in which is quoted : The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth. ...
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Where is the concept of "local church" from?

(In Protestantism) how the concept of "local church" was appeared from? Can you give any Bible quotes supporting this concept? (Except that due not phones and Internet any church of that ...
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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions?

I received an email today from someone who has, thus far, complied with Government advice, concerned that prolonged lockdown conditions or 'semi-lockdown' conditions (which pose significant ...
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Does there exist within the Catholic Church a church, cathedral or even an altar dedicated to the Holy Spirit?

Does there exist within the Catholic Church a church, cathedral or even an altar dedicated to the Holy Spirit? With the recent events occurring in Turkey about Hagia Sophia I was wondering if there is ...
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Do Apostolic successionists allow for 'binding and loosing' powers apart from posession of the 'keys'

In Matthew 16 we see Jesus conferring the keys of the kingdom: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on ...
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How to identify the categories of a church? [closed]

I was wondering whether a church is Protestant or Catholic, whether it is mainline or evangelical, which branch (e.g. Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists) it belongs to, which denomination (e.g. ...
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The calling and experience of Ministry [closed]

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh ...
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Do Catholics have an obligation to attend the parish closest to their homes?

So, this is something I should ask a priest, and I know there is a precept of the Church which is to provide for the needs of the church, but I'm asking here because I want to know if I have a leg to ...
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What are the Christian doctrines denied by the Igreja Maná (Mana Church), if any?

In the city where I live there's a church called Mana Church. I know they venerate (not to the level of God) the founder, Jorge Tadeu. This gives me chills because of Luke 4:8 [KJV] And Jesus ...
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Best wishes for a good week at the end of the mass?

The concluding rites of the holy mass in the ordinary form are somehow like this: If they are necessary, any brief announcements to the people follow here. Then the dismissal takes place. The ...
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Are there any individuals who are claiming to be the pope that are not Pope Francis?

Are there any individuals who are claiming to be the pope that are not Pope Francis? I came across the Wikipedia link on the Palmarian Catholic Church and they claim to have their own Pope. And it ...
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Is fencing the Lord's Table (in reformed traditions) to include only believers who are members of a church biblical? [closed]

For the last decade or so, I have attended churches that fenced the communion table in a guarded way, opening it only to members of Gospel-believing churches in good standing. This did not bother me ...
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St. Tammany Church?

The popular Indian chief of the 17th century was dubbed affectionately as St. Tammany, the Patron Saint America. St. Tammany Parish (established in 1810) is one of nine Louisiana parishes (counties) ...
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Wall numbers in German church / during German burial ceremony

I have just came about a 10 years old photo of my aunt's burial ceremony that took place in June 2009 in one of the German churches (in a small city close to Oldenburg). Unfortunately, relation both ...
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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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Where in the Catholic Church is red wine used for mass?

In any Catholic Mass I attended (in Germany) white wine was used for the holy Eucharist. There are some plausible practical reasons for that. Are there regions of the world where mostly red wine is ...
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How could I bring up security concerns at the church that I attend? [closed]

I currently attend a church on Sundays, and this church serves as a synagogue on other days of the week. Currently, there is a bit of security at the entrance, e.g. some security guards in uniform, ...
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How universal are the "color" masses in the Catholic Church?

In my diocese we have certain "color" masses: Red for legal profession Blue for Police and First Responders White for health care professionals. I also saw something about a Green mass for farmers, ...
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What groups advocate and establish "unlicensed" churches in the US?

In the United States, most churches file papers of incorporation and formally apply for 501(C)3 status. A few choose not to, a notable example being the Indianapolis Baptist Temple Church in Iowa ...
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Are there any Church traditions or legends that state what species of fish Tobias caught in the Book of Tobit?

Are there any Church traditions or legends that state what species of fish the young man Tobias caught in the Book of Tobit according to the Catholic, Orthodox or other local churches of the East? ...
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"Time Capsules" in the architectural plans of Catholic Churches and Cathedrals?

I found this article about a time capsule found in a Catholic Church in Singapore quite interesting: 173-year-old time capsule unearthed at Singapore's oldest Catholic church A 173-year-old time ...
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Is there a way to help choose a Catholic Church?

I would like to join or attend a Catholic Church. Is there any way to find information about area Churches besides simply attending?
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What are the general categories of benefits of being part of a denomination?

It seems most Protestant churches fall under one of two umbrellas: denominational or independent. What is the general rationale for a Protestant church to be part of a denomination rather than being ...
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How can a Church Theologically Justify not Paying Taxes? [closed]

I assume most people here are familiar with Luke 20:19-26. In it, Jesus essentially makes the argument that money has the face of Caesar on it, it belongs to Caesar and not God. The interpretation ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christians being instructed to tithe (10%) of their income to the modern day 'church'?

I understand the commandment (principle & purpose) of tithing to the Levitical priesthood as defined in OT passages such as Leviticus 27, Numbers 18, etc. But, my question is now (present day), ...
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According to Catholicism, is repeatedly visiting a Protestant church a mortal sin?

I am Catholic and have been visiting a Protestant church for the last 2 months. According to Catholicism, did I commit a mortal sin by visiting this church?
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Has the Catholic Church ever attempted a local substitute for the word Amen?

The suffix 'Amen' has been in use in the prayers of virtually all Christian denominations across the world, though the pronunciation differs from place to place. Given that the names of God and Jesus ...
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What is the significance of a church being "consecrated"?

Related to this question. I've split it into two questions because I didn't want to ask too much in one go. My local parish church has a sign out the front which says "Australia's oldest consecrated ...
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What is involved in the consecration of a Church?

What is actually involved in consecrating a Catholic church? Does a priest or bishop just come and say a prayer over/towards the building? If so, what is the prayer? Are there any liturgical gestures ...
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What type of church or Christian would a Rob Bell follower be or attend?

I am a Rob Bell follower in the sense that I believe his teaching brings value and are intellectual, and his way of looking at the faith and the Bible make the most sense without just using "that is ...
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What would happen to the Catholic Church if all of the bishops get wiped out? [closed]

What would happen to the Catholic Church if all of the bishops get wiped out? Are there any historical examples of such a possibility ever happening at a local or national level? For example what, ...
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What non conformist churches begin with 'M'? [closed]

What non conformist churches begin with 'M'? Someone told me the name of their church, but I forgot all but the 1st letter. I am pretty sure that it's named after a group of people, either their ...
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How should Reformed people deal with Wrong doctrine? [closed]

Question for Calvinists/Reformed people! There are some teachers in my Evangelical church who teach Salvation by works to the children in the church. Their Justification for this is make the ...
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Which Episcopal Conferences set alternatives for abstinence on Fridays?

The canon law requires Catholics to hold every Friday (except certain solemnities) as a abstinence day (e.g. abstaining from meat), but also grants the episcopal conferences the possibility to require ...
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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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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St. James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. In ...
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Are Catholic priests not supposed to get paid or have any belongings?

According to some Catholic friends, a Catholic priest is not supposed to own any belongings and they're not supposed to get paid. They are to be "married to the church" in that sense. Is there an ...
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Has there ever existed a Catholic local church feast at Rome in honor of the Domine Quo Vadis?

The Church of St. Mary in Palmis at Rome, originally was called the Church of Domine Quo Vadis. The title of this church takes its' name from a pious tradition that St. Peter one day decided to leave ...
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Where the church should gather?

Ok, where i gather, we have a Brethren-like "house church" system, which means that we have no building for the chuch meeting. But the number of members are increasing and we are about to ...
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Why are church leaders called "Father"?

Could anyone explain to me why some groups of Christians call their leaders "Father"?
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What is the biblical basis for "March for Jesus" or "Jesus Day"?

As a Christian, I believe that the scripture contains the basis for all the activity that I, as a member of the Church, need to get involved. Of course, we can't find all kind of Christian activity ...
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Why do Christians in India eat meat in church? [closed]

Why do Christians in India eat non-vegetarian/meat in church, while Hindus don't eat non-vegetarian in temples? I love Christians because they won't commit violence and they don't kill people to ...
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What is the difference between Lutheran and Calvinist beliefs in the apostasy of the Church?

What is the difference between Lutheran and Calvinist beliefs in the apostasy of the Church? Do Lutherans and Calvinists believe in the Great Apostasy belief like Mormons do? B.H. Roberts, an LDS ...
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How was the word preached in NT era churches?

In many churches today, the word is preached as follows: a pastor / priest talks for the entirety of the meeting (generally 1 hour) a large group of Christians listen. In the Watchmen Nee inspired ...
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Is "Mary Queen of the Universe" a recognized title for the Virgin Mary in Catholicism?

There is a Catholic Church near where I lived called "Mary Queen of the Universe" (Link). It seems from their website it's a shrine for Mary. The name of this does not make much sense to me if it is ...
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