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Why didn't Protestants unite with the Orthodox against Papal primacy after the Reformation?

Is there some doctrinal, historical or political reason that prevented this natural alliance from taking place? Are Protestants against the notion of the Pentarchy in general and not just against the ...
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The Way of the Cross as a Prophecy of the History of the Catholic Church and a Prefigurement of the Fortunes of the Holy See?

In Fr. F. W. Faber's The Precious Blood, he makes the statement on p. 279 that: Moreover, the Way of the Cross is a great Mystery of prophecy and figure. It is a prophecy of the history of the Church;...
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Were Christians martyred in the Colosseum?

I have been reading some history about the largest standing amphitheater in the world, The Colosseum. I read that Pope Benedict XIV consecrated the structure because many Christians were supposedly ...
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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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Why has the name of Peter not been adopted by any other Pope after St. Peter?

Going by the List of Popes at Catholic Encyclopedia one finds that the name John has been most popular among the incumbents to the position. But what is intriguing is that no Pope after the first one ...
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Clarification on Canon 188

There is currently controversy between some Catholics regarding the current pope and the validity of him holding the office. On a video addressing this controversy (which I can no longer find), a ...
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According to sedeprivationism, does a material pope have temporal authority?

According to sedeprivationism, does a material pope (papa materialiter) have temporal authority?
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Has a pope ever been removed for reasons of insanity?

Dr. Taylor Marshal says (about 25 minutes in) that a pope could be removed by the college of cardinals for reasons of insanity like powers that the 25th Amendment to the US. Constitution gives to the ...
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How is 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 understood by proponents of the primacy of Peter?

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind ...
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What are canonical penalties for criticizing the Pope?

I was listening to Pints With Aquinas this evening where Dr. Richard DeClue, a professional theologian, not a priest, was interviewed, but he didn't want to comment on some motu proprio (probably ...
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What does the phrase "Undermine the deposit of faith" mean?

Bishop Strickland was recently deposed by Pope Francis, ostensibly because he tweeted something about the Pope "undermining the deposit of faith". Is that a technical term or just a ...
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How do Catholics respond to the Roman Catholic Church being referred to as the sea beast?

I have watched a dozen of YouTube videos on the identity of the Sea Beast mentioned in the book of Revelation. Almost all these channels conclude that the sea beast is a religious institution that ...
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On Biblical Verses Invoked in Papal Encyclicals or Ecumenical Councils

Is there an expedient way to find out if a given some particular biblical verse, it has been invoked in either a papal encyclical or a document of an ecumenical council without having to retrieve that ...
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On Bible Translations That Catholics are Permitted to Read

I have started to read "Introduction to the Bible" by Fr. John Laux, M.A.. The following is extracted from pg. 20: The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884) says in its Pastoral Letter: ...
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On Luke 10:16 Invoked by a Pope or an Ecumenical Council

He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me. — Luke 10:16 (D-R) I am aware of these three instances: Vatican II, ...
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Rules Which Govern the Excommunication of Catholic Bishops

Are there rules in place that a pope must follow when he wishes to excommunicate a bishop? If so, what are they; or where may they be found?
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Are the persons nominated to be created cardinals eligible to participate in the conclave before the consistory?

Pope Francis announced the consistory for the creation of new cardinals today. The consistory will be held on 30th September, i.e. there is 3 month period during much can happen. My question: are the ...
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Can a Patron Saint formally declared as such by a pope be replaced?

In the post Can Patron Saints be "dethroned"? there seems to be some confusion between a patron saint having become no longer a patron saint, and a patron saint being "decanonized"....
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How were Bishops Appointed in England Prior to the Anglican Schism

The following question is a bit of a follow-up to On Bishops Who Refused to Sign Henry VIII's Oath of Succession?. In an article "The Cardinal Martyr of England" found here: Catholic ...
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According to Catholicism, which popes have been elected to the papacy without being in priestly orders?

According to Catholicism, which popes have been elected to the papacy without being in priestly orders? I was recently reading about Pope Leo X on Wikipedia. It claims that he was the last Pope “not ...
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Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Prophecy on the Two Popes

I would like to know the source (a book, I presume) that speaks about Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's "Prophecy of the two popes.'' Every online site that I recall, which speaks about it, has ...
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What degree of authority does the Pope hold to reveal and declare doctrine, or the word of God?

When Jesus was on the Earth, He (obviously) held the authority to declare whatever doctrine he wished, as the ultimate authority in His church. On a tier just below that, prophets like Moses were ...
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On the Canonization of St. Poeman the Great and the Origin of His Epithet?

Often quoted in the "Sayings or the Desert Fathers," St. Poeman is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as some of the Eastern Orthodox churches. QUESTION: Was St. Poeman ever ...
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St. Athanasius on Papacy?

What did St. Athanasius believe about the Papacy and are there any special mentions of the bishop of Rome in his writings?
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Pope anti-christ Protestant belief? [duplicate]

There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 1:22; Col 1:18): nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of ...
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Did any of the Early Church Fathers believe in the supremacy of St. Peter? [duplicate]

Catholics believe that the Early Church Fathers held to the primacy of St. Peter (ie that Christ gave authority to St. Peter and to his successors to lead the church), but did any of the Early Church ...
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How did the western Church arrive at such a state of corruption by the sixteenth century?

I want to know what went wrong in the Church for it to end up corrupt by the 16th century.
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How central is the claim the pope is the antichrist to Protestant theology?

When I read through Luther's writings awhile back, I noticed he said the pope was the antichrist. I thought this was just some of Luther's usual hyperbolic rhetoric. However, I've learned that many (...
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What was the first infallible statement made by a pope?

According to the Catholic Church, what was the first infallible statement made by a pope, by himself, outside an ecumenical council?
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Could the pope adopt a child?

In conversations with my son (topic irrelevant), he mentioned the idea of being the son of the Pope. I told him that would not be possible (celibacy vow), but he immediately countered: "What if ...
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Did St. John Chrysostom believe in papal primacy?

Did St. John Chrysostom believe in papal papacy—i.e., that the pope has supreme power and primacy over the entire Church?
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Bishop of Antioch? [duplicate]

If the Bishop of Rome is the successor of Saint Peter, why isn't the Bishop of Antioch the pope? Before Peter went to Rome, he was the Patriarch of Antioch. Shouldn't his successors in Antioch have ...
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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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Did the early church believe that St. Peter was the first pope?

Roman Catholics believe that St. Peter was the first Pope, had primacy over the church and was given a pastoral role by the Lord Jesus Christ himself, we know the scripture argument for the papacy, ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain their interpretation of Matthew 16:19 (Simon Peter as the first Pope) in light of Matthew 18:18?

In Matthew 16:18–19, Jesus says: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto ...
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St.Thomas Aquinas on Papacy

What are the writings of St.Thomas Aquinas on papacy and church authority?
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Are there any names a Pope can’t choose?

Now beyond the obvious - such as the fact that you can’t select the name and monicker of a real Pope in the past, are there any specific regulations on the naming system?
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What are the primary differences between the Roman Pontificate and the LDS President? [duplicate]

Both the Catholic and Mormon faiths have a sort of hierarchical structure within their respective Churches. At the top we see two contrasting roles, the Mormon President (filled by people such as ...
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How is the claim that the doctrine of Papal Infallibility has always existed within the Church substantiated?

These three related questions regarding Magisterial authority, the Church as custodian of truth, and the authority of Church tradition have brought up this new question. The dogmatic definition (ex ...
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Is the idea that a Pope may be anti-Christ, the same as basically saying the chair of St. Peter is vacant?

Is the idea that a Pope may be anti-Christ, the same as basically saying the chair of St. Peter is vacant? Chair of St. Peter refers to an actual chair, but also the spiritual leadership. In 2012, ...
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Do any denominations teach that the Pope is an antichrist?

I've heard the claim, mainly from Fundamentalists but also from some Lutherans, that the Pope is an antichrist. Are there any Protestant denominations that specifically teach this, whether it be in ...
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What are the significant differences between the Priesthood of the Israelites and the Priesthood of the Catholic Church?

When I research on the Catholic Priesthood, many apologists and theologians will make comparisons between Israelite priests and Catholic priests, especially in reference to the Pope guiding the church....
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What is the earliest example of the observance of a Pope in Rome?

The Pope in Rome has (arguably) succession all the way back to Peter. I am wondering what the earliest acknowledgment of some kind of pastoral power over the church in Rome, whether it be in letter or ...
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Were the Dictatus Papae considered to be spoken "ex cathedra"?

In 1075, Pope Gregory the Seventh decreed the Dictatus Papae, also called the Papal Dictats. One part of the document makes the claim that: The Roman Church has never erred. Nor will it err, to all ...
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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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What level of submission do Catholics give to random things the Pope says?

I was listening to the Megyn Kelly show Episode 193 about 1:30 into it with her interview with Alan Dershowitz he called her something like a heretic for having views contrary to Pope Francis on the ...
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Why are Sts. Peter and Linus not on the cool scrollbar-of-the-popes on vatican.va

I was about to add a glib comment in answer to another post in a act totally unbecoming of a stackexchange moderator, when I noticed that the effect would have been completely lost on the OP owing to ...
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What are the arguments for the Holy Magisterium?

What is the best piece of evidence Catholics have that Jesus started a Petrine ministry with Peter that follows succession? Bonus question: Who succeeded Peter?
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What is the implication of "munus"?

In the Declaratio, Pope Emeritus Benedictus XVI renounced the exercise of the munus, but not the munus itself. So what is the munus and what are the implications of the renunciation of the exercise ...
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How many theologians were censured under popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis?

This question contains three parts: How many theologians were censured under Pope John Paul II? (1978-2005) How many theologians were censured under Pope Benedict XVI? (2005-2013) How many ...
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