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Referring to one of the two historical sources of theology (Scripture, Tradition). Relates to questions that ask about practices that have historically been the norm, and typically looking for an origin explanation

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Why did Joseph and Mary take one day's time to realize that Jesus had been left behind at the Temple?

We read in Luke 2: 43-46, the incident relating to the visit of child Jesus and his parents to the Temple and his `getting lost' at Jerusalem: After the festival was over, while his parents ...
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What is the latest position of Catholic Church on the existence of Limbo?

Catholics traditionally believe that infants which die before being baptized, go to a place called Limbo. It is not understood whether the belief comes out of a dogmatic teaching of the Church. My ...
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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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Did Mary stay with Elizabeth till the birth of John the Baptist?

We read at Luke 1:36 that Elizabeth was six months pregnant when she was visited by Mary. We also read at Luke 1:56 that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for nearly three months. Read together, these two ...
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How would Jesus write his full name as, in civil records?

Jesus, Joseph, Mary, James, John - these were popular first names used by the Jews in the days of the Lord. Naturally, each would have some additional names like that of his/her father or of the clan/...
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Do any Christian traditions exist as to what type of animal skin did God clothe Adam and Eve with?

I must be alone to understand that since man failed to listen to God more than the female that both failed to be innocent, Therefore not being as lambs in spiritual dogma they must have been dressed ...
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How would Jesus have addressed St. Joseph?

At Luke 2:48 we read of St. Mary's complaint to Jesus for giving them a scare, by `getting lost'at the Temple: "His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I ...
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Why doesn't the Pope wear a biretta?

In several places around the Internet I have seen it stated that the Pope does not wear a biretta. Why not? Is it merely that there are no occasions when he would, because he is always presiding over ...
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Do Catholics believe in other apparitions like Mary? Or is she unique in this respect?

From the outside looking in, it appears that the Catholic believe that Mary has and does appear to people somewhat frequently. It seems to be called "apparitions" . You read more about them on this ...
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Was Jesus good at singing? [closed]

At Matthew 26: 27-30 we see: Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many ...
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What is the origin of Angel of God prayer?

What is the origin of Angel of God prayer?
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Do the ancient churches built by the Portuguese have a statue of mermaid on the façade?

My parish church (St Mary's Forane Church, Muttom, Cherthala, Kerala ) in southern India, believed to have been built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century has, among other images, two built-in ...
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What was the hour of the Annunciation?

I'm reading Benedict XVI's "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives" and he indicates how Gabriel appeared to Zachariah in the evening. Also Gabriel appears to Daniel (Dn 9, 21) at the same hour: ...
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Was the Apostle John's exile a major hardship?

From what I understand, tradition says that the Disciple John was exiled to the Island of Patmos. Would this have been an inconvenience or a major hardship?
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Do churches in the West ask the faithful to leave their sandals out , while attending service?

At Exodus 3:2-5 (NRSVCE) we read: There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I ...
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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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According to the Methodist Church, is white grape juice an acceptable alternative in communion?

A Methodist Church has changed from regular grape juice to white grape juice to keep stains from the carpet. Is this a valid Methodist traditional usage? Are there any historical sources explaining ...
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Did Jesus have His Last Supper standing?

At Exodus 12:11 we see the Lord instructing the Israel on how to go about the first Passover : " This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your ...
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According to Catholics, what is the source of the “Creed of Athanasius”: Tradition or divine inspiration?

According to Catholics, what is the source of the Trinitarian doctrine of the Athanasian Creed, tradition or divine inspiration?
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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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What evidence exists to support church traditions regarding the deaths of the following apostles?

The Bible tells us that King Herod had James killed by the sword (Acts 12:2) but says nothing about the death of Peter, although Jesus made reference to his martyrdom (John 21:18). Is there any ...
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Detail about lamb sacrifice

I was listening to a homily and here is what the priest said: "You would travel with your family to Jerusalem and you would have either brought a lamb or you would have acquired a lamb and what ...
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Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent? [closed]

Prior to a change instituted by President Roosevelt I understand United States Thanksgiving was the last Thursday in November. This is invariably the last Thursday before Advent Sunday (Nov 27 - Dec ...
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Judas Iscariot is the twin brother of St. Thomas the Apostle?

Judas Iscariot is the twin brother of St. Thomas the Apostle? I am not saying that St. Thomas the Apostle's is the twin brother of Judas Iscariot. I am simply seeking resource historical information ...
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Had the Catholic Church a tradition of commemorating Abraham's sacrifice?

Eid ul-Adha or Bakrid is celebtrated all over the world by Muslims to commemorate the sacrifice that Abraham offered in obedience to God. My question is: Had the Catholic Church any tradition of ...
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Why have a photo of the bishop in the sacristy?

In many (most? all?) Catholic sacristies, there is a photograph of the diocesan bishop, and often one of the Pope. Why? (Authoritative sources preferred to anecdote.)
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Is there any theological basis for the eating of lamb at Easter?

I'm almost certain that the answer is no and that lamb is eaten mostly because it's available and tasty. However my attempts to Google this have met with limited success. I have found suggestions that ...
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Why do many old churches face east?

Many of the old churches including Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox ones face east. My question is: Was the tradition of construction of churches facing east, a product of certain beliefs, or was it ...
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When did tradition become first used as Tradition?

When did the idea that tradition (pious, informed, well-meaning) is actually Tradition (divine, sacred, God-breathed) first become used and defined in the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox traditions?...
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How does Protestantism defend the adoption of practices and beliefs not found in the Bible?

I was reading this entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia about the theological concept of Tradition (as a source of revealed truth different from the Scripture). The author states that the Protestant ...
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Churches that Teach Tradition as Inspired have Different Traditions. How do They Explain This?

Some denominations (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic) teach different Traditions that contradict each other. An obvious example of this is the papacy (RC says correct. EO says incorrect.). Both ...
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Why are a Catholic bishop's Coat of Arms green and not purple?

Why are a Catholic bishop's Coat of Arms green and not purple? The Canadian Conference of Bishops tell us that the galero and tassels on the Coat of Arms for a bishop are green. Cardinals' galero and ...
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Why are Lussekatter served on St. Lucy's day (i.e. why cats?)?

In researching this question I got sucked into trying to find a connection between St. Lucy's cats and the Nativity. It got my mind wondering if they even have cats in Sweden, but then I remembered ...
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Was the full Sign of the Cross prevalent in entire Catholic Church?

As a member of the Syrian Rite Catholic Church, I was taught to make a full Sign of the Cross while entering the church, while starting a long prayer etc. While the sign made is similar to the one ...
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Which denominations regulate how a cross is worn on the body? [closed]

In public and private, people wear many different crosses in many manners. Which denominations hold any principles, explicit or implicit, that govern the display of crosses on the body? Speculating, ...
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The rules on how and when people can wear a cross [closed]

Which principles govern the wearing of crosses? Do some denominations require that it touch the skin, or that it never be removed? Will a cross hung on the neck and one on an ear have different ...
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Evidence that Peter alone was made a Bishop by Christ?

This got my attention. Although I don't currently agree with it, it's an intriguing question which I am open to accept if sufficient evidence is found. Now when I read classical works on the Papacy (...
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Is it possible to describe Christian lifestyle? [closed]

I just finished reading the book "Living a Jewish Life," which explains the lifestyle practices that Jewish people generally follow, regardless of their faith or beliefs. It discusses the holidays and ...
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Do we have or know of additional writings from the four Gospel Evangelists? [duplicate]

The New Testament of the Christian Bible is commenced with four Gospels: Matthew's, Mark's, Luke's, and John's. Early church tradition has taught us that Matthew and John's Gospels were written by two ...
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What was Esther’s relationship to Mordecai?

Do we know what was Esther's relationship to Mordecai, based on the Jewish and Christian tradition?
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What objective, foolproof method do Eastern Orthodox have for working out which side is correct in the case of a Schism?

I'm Catholic but I have a great respect for and interest in Eastern Orthodoxy. I almost became Orthodox when I was converting out of protestantism but I became Catholic for reasons of convenience. ...
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What was the first name of Barabbas whom Pilate let off from the prison?

In Contemporary English Version we see at Matt 27:17 : "So when the crowd came together, Pilate asked them, “Which prisoner do you want me to set free? Do you want Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is ...
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Does the Catholic Church officially claim that the Bible is insufficient without tradition?

I read this quote at the Christian Research Institute's site: One, the fact that Scripture, without tradition, is said to be “God-breathed” (theopnuestos) and thus by it believers are “competent, ...
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How to propose a change in a prayer?

How can I go about proposing a change in a prayer? Or how can I have the change approved by the Catholic Church or their theologians? I'd like to change the prayer of Hail Mary from: Holy Mary, ...
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What was the original rosary?

According to some Catholic traditions, the Rosary was given to Saint Dominic in a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it was then promoted by Blessed Allan de la Roche. But here I read Saint ...
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Is Matthew 17:24 a reference to the Fiscus Judaicus?

Matthew 17:24 says: "After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” My ...
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Who is this member of the Catholic Church?

I was wondering who this man is, in the Catholic church: I am wondering his position therein more so than his name. *I saw him in a dream moments ago—I am not Catholic, I am Apostolic Pentecostal.
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How common were blasphemy accusations and trials among the Jews during the time of Jesus?

I am curious if any critical scholarly work has attempted to study the frequency with which blasphemy accusations occurred within the Jewish community at the time of Jesus, and if possible, how many ...
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Where did the idea that Catholics can have a break from their Lenten discipline on Sunday originate?

Maybe this is just a Wisconsin thing, if so, I'll delete this question as too localized, but is there a tradition in the universal Church that whatever you give up during Lent, you can do on Sundays? ...
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What are some sources of March, 25th being the date of the creation of the world, or of the creation of Adam and Eve, or of their disobedience?

As per title, I read -- in a very uninformed way -- of these traditions, among many others, in regards to March, 25th: A) it would be the date of the creation of the world B) it would be the ...