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According to Catholicism, how can Catholics be faithful to an abusive spouse?

In old age due to dementia a person can become irritable and abusive, wholly unlike their prior self. As a married person will have taken vows to be faithful; what guidance is there to a spouse in the ...
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What have Christians taught during past plagues and pandemics?

Christians have lived through many major plagues, epidemics, and pandemics over the past two thousand years. Some of the most severe pandemics were the Plague of Justinian and the Black Death, both of ...
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Why does the Pope not issue letters on the lines of Pastorals?

Catholic Bishops have been, from time to time, issuing a Pastoral Letter, often called simply a pastoral, which is an open letter addressed to the clergy and/or laity of a diocese, containing ...
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Do non-Catholics ever have the priest visit the sick parishioners and deliver them communion?

Do non-Catholics ever have the priest visit sick parishioners and deliver them communion? I don't know, but I think it's pretty cool that Catholics have this sort of pastoral care built into their ...
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Who was Chuck Smith, and what was his place in Christianity?

Lately, the Christian Post uploaded several articles on the late beloved Pastor Chuck Smith. The reception was ambivalent. Some people said he was chosen by God to lead them, while others claimed he ...
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What are the “signs of grief” for which a pastor should be on the look out?

So, in my seminary pastoral care class, I remember being taken to a funeral home, and walked through the mechanics of a funeral. During that visit, I was told that "everyone's grief process is ...
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What is the biblical basis for elder disqualification?

The Bible speaks to the qualifications of overseers and deacons, and also mentions that they are to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the congregation. What Biblical basis exists, then, ...