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The Fourth Lateran Council on Conscience

According to St. John Henry Newman (in his essay on Conscience): However, Papal Encyclicals Online, says nothing of the sort. Unlike previous Councils, the proceedings were not formally recorded. ...
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St. John Henry Newman on Conscience and the Pope

Here (On Conscience and the Pope) is found an essay written by St. John Henry Newman. It begins as follows: IT seems, then, that there are extreme cases in which Conscience may come into collision ...
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What are names for different approaches to unintentional sin?

Some (for example, Pat Donahue, the owner of bibledebates.info) contend that unintentional sins separate a person from God just as much as deliberate sins will. By contrast, others (such as Bob Myhan ...
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Is the Book of Revelation the only place in Scripture teaching eternal torment? [duplicate]

Revelation 20:10 depicts hell in the following manner (NKJV, emphasis mine): The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And ...
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If a Catholic believes scripture supports a heretical position, but denies that position himself based on the Magisterium, is he a heretic?

According to the Catholic Church, if a Catholic's own interpretation of scripture leads to a conclusion regarding what scripture says that the Catholic Church holds is heretical (for ex., denying ...
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Is There Any Database for Catholics to Determine if particular Corporations and Organizations are Good Moral Choices for Donation or Investment?

Lots of corporations and non-profit organizations do good work, and Catholics may want to invest in them or donate to them. But, although lots of good work might be done by a corporation or non-profit,...
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Are the arguments made by Popes in "social encyclicals" religious in nature?

Many Catholic friends of mine are seeking religious exemptions to the various Covid-19 mandates. Especially ones who either work from home can prove acquired immunity. For them, notwithstanding the ...
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Does an act being intrinsically evil ensure culpability?

According to Catholicism, only mortal sins result in condemnation and a mortal sin requires the act to be grave matter and to have been committed with full knowledge and consent of the will. But the ...
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Why is Primacy of Conscience taught and what degree of certainty is it in the Catholic Church?

I have collected various Catholic editorial headlines about this… “The Catholic Church has always held to the primacy of conscience and taught that individuals must follow their consciences even when ...
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Do Catholics have to request a religious exception for matters of conscience from their parish priest?

There are numerous stories on the National Catholic Register about Bishops who have decided to prohibit priests in their dioceses from granting religious exceptions for Covid-19 vaccines. Is there ...
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Is there a contradiction between the intent of St. Paul in 1 Cor 10: 27-29 vis-a-vis that in verses 29-30?

We read in 1 Cor 10: 27-29 how St. Paul takes a liberal view on the culinary habits of the faithful : If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you ...
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Are Catholics obliged to follow scientific evidence that they find disreputable with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Like most of the planet, I've been taking in gobs of information about Covid-19 and vaccinations. The latest news I read was that even the horribly abortion tainted Johnson and Johnson vaccine is ...
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Can a Catholic cite a religion as a reason for not doing something even if that thing isn't officially prohibited by the Church?

So my impetus for this question is covid-19 vaccines, but it could be about anything from face masks to filling out the census. If the Catholic Church doesn't officially say something is wrong, is it ...
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How did Thomas More manage to save his family?

I watched A Man for All Seasons a few years ago and I know that somehow St. Thomas More found a loophole that his family could remain Catholic and Faithful and in England while he had had no choice ...
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In LDS doctrine, what is the difference between the Holy Ghost and the Light of Christ?

The Holy Ghost is usually described as the member of the Godhead that helps us know what is true, prompts us to do good, and generally helps us feel God's influence. I've often heard it described as ...
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Conscience: Christ's sacrifice vs the blood of bulls and goats?

While reading through Hebrews I came upon the following Scripture: For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (Heb 10:4 ESV) However, in my recent studies, I came ...
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What does "labor or cost of a godly life" mean?

Richard Baxter, the famous Puritan writer, wrote: In a word, that in all your neglects of duty, your sticking at the supposed labor or cost of a godly life, yea, in all your cold and lazy prayers ...
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Do Pope Francis' recent comments on atheism represent a change in doctrine?

Pope Francis made some recent comments in a letter, which are being summarized in headlines like, "Pope Francis tells atheists to abide by their own consciences." Does the full context of the Pope'...
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What is the Biblical basis to declare that 'justice necessitates the resurrection of the body'?

I found a very good description of what the human conscience is: Conscience is nothing but that judgment which men do make, and which they cannot but make, of their moral actions with reference ...
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How does Pope Benedict XVI reconcile conscience and authority?

A recent talk by Father Bob Pierson 1 quoted Joseph Ratzinger (as he then was, now Pope Benedict XVI) as saying that the individual conscience must overrule ecclesiastical authority. I was intrigued ...
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What are modern Christian views of the soul? [closed]

The soul, the immaterial “breath of life”, was originally thought (I believe) to be where most of our thoughts, feelings, and personality originate. However, a lot of the functions of the brain, like ...
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Are our consciences trustworthy? [closed]

In Romans there are a couple verses that indicate that the law has not only been given in written form through the ten commandments, but written "on our hearts." It also says that this law will bear ...
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