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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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What is the special significance of prayers said in a hushed voice by the celebrant during the Holy Mass of Catholic Church?

There are certain prayers in the Catholic Holy Mass across Rites, which the celebrant says in a hushed voice, barely audible to the faithful. In the pre-Vatican II days when both the faithful and the ...
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Where was the blessed Virgin Mary on Jesus' resurrection?

We know that the bible tells us that Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first when Jesus was risen in Mark 16:9 RHE 9 But he rising early the first day of the week, appeared first to Mary Magdalen; out ...
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According to Catholic scholars, what did Jesus really mean by `eagles gathering around corpses'in Lk 17: 34-37?

We see Jesus showing a fore-frame of His Second Coming, in Lk 17: 34-37 (NRSVCE): I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two ...
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What other customary Catholic fasting periods are there aside from Lent?

Lent is presently the only period of fasting binding for Latin Catholics. However, I have come across other times for fasting that bind to one degree or another at various times (some being purely ...
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Was St. Joseph alive when Jesus came to preach in his hometown?

We read how Jesus is rejected in his home-town, in Mtt 13:54-55 (NRSVCE): He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did ...
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How do Catholics assert certain Traditions being equal with Scripture when Scripture never says tradition can be of equal authority?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I heard somewhere that Roman Catholic doctrine asserts that tradition and scripture (the Bible) are on equal footing. That being said, what does a practicing Catholic ...
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For traditional sources, how does the Catholic Church distinguish between holy truth and human speculation from the same author?

Some denominations believe that the Bible is the sole source of revealed knowledge (e.g. Protestant Sola scriptura). Some believe that recorded oral tradition that doesn't contradict the Bible is a ...
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Does any denomination commemorate the Weaning Ceremony of Infant Jesus?

We read in Gen 21:5-8: Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Now Sarah said, “God has brought laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “...
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Where did the nomenclature “godfather” originate from?

As per Catholic tradition, a baby at the time of baptism, gets a godfather and a godmother. They are the ones who present the child at baptism and promise to take responsibility for his/her ...
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The priest/preacher's prayer before the sermon/homily -- what is it and why do the ECLA (and others) do it?

Tried to put the gist of this in the subject. Often in my tradition (ELCA), the preacher will say a quick prayer before preaching; often it's the "May the words of my mouth.." prayer, or ...
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Is there a written tradition that would explain why John the Evangelist is often depicted in art as effeminate?

John the Evangelist is often depicted in art as effeminate (e.g. long hair, clean shaven, gentle face), as illustrated below. This is especially apparent when compared with other males in the same ...
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When did Catholic churches start using wooden clapper during Holy Week?

The crotalus or wooden clapper is an instrument used in churches across the world in Lenten season, especially during the Holy Week. Its sound evokes feelings of repentance, sacrifice, and remorse. ...
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What is the biblical basis for giving the bread/wafer to the laity at the Eucharist but reserving the wine for the clergy? [duplicate]

From my research I have discovered that traditional Catholic practice forbade congregants from partaking of the cup for fear they might spill or drip the blood of Christ, and then it would be trampled ...
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Did the women disciples of Jesus go to his tomb on Sunday morning to perform an optional Jewish ritual?

We read in Jn 19: 38-40 how Jesus's body was embalmed before his burial: After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, ...
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How do the ideas of authority and infallibility relate to tradition in the Catholic Church?

I am currently trying to better understand the Catholic teachings of tradition’s role in establishing doctrine. What seems odd to me is that the writings of the church fathers differ in doctrinal ...
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According to believers in the deity of Christ, is the historical evidence for this belief as strong as the historial evidence for the Biblical canon?

I ask this question as a follow-up to For Christians who are skeptical of the writings of the Apostolic & Ante-Nicene Fathers, what is their epistemological basis for trusting a canon?. I highly ...
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What is the basis for baptism being the new circumcision?

I was recently listening to Dr. Scott Hahn on Pints with Aquinas. In that interview, Dr. Hahn mentions baptism as the new circumcision in relation to covenantal theology. His main point was that if ...
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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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What Tradition is Paul referring to when he admonishes us to "hold the traditions which ye have been taught"?

For those who do not agree with Sola Scriptura, which is scripture alone is the source for all things pertaining to your salvation, they often quote this from Paul. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, ...
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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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References explaining non-biblical dogmas in Roman Catholicism?

Where can I find an explanation for the non-biblical dogmas of Revelation in Roman Catholicism—such as papal infallibility, the Immaculate Conception, etc.?
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Did the Catholic Church make a conscious effort in re-naming the seven days of the week?

We see the Church having had great influence on many aspects of the development of human kind, including education, culinary habits etc. The very division of history by the term Before Christ and ...
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Was the date of Christmas just derived from Saturnalia and other winter pagan festivals? [duplicate]

This picture and the answer at Why is Christmas on December 25th? seems to explain the biblical basis of the date. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D11jAEKgB2o, the topmost answers however on https://...
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What Pagan elements were adopted in christianity?

I have commonly come across the belief that "newer" religions integrate existing customs and traditions into their own. So what traditions and customs in Christianity can be traced back (...
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Holy Water container is dirty

How can I clean my Holy Water bottle? The Holy Water has sediment and the lid looks dirty
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Did the soldiers who had crucified Jesus reciprocate the forgiveness granted to them through the Lord's intercession?

We see how Jesus walked the talk by praying for those who crucified him, in Lk 23:33-34: When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on ...
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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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Do the teachings of Catholic Church prohibit the use of “Amen” for purposes other than prayers?

Amen is a secular word of Greek and Hebrew origin, and is used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion). The Church has been associating ...
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At what point in time for a tradition being considered a tradition within Catholicism?

What is the gold mark or point in time for a tradition being considered a tradition within Catholicism? This question is very similar to the question: When does a tradition become a Tradition? This ...
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Who was who at the Crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross?

Who was who during the Crucifixion of Jesus, who is called the Christ? Just recently I came across this question: Who witnessed the crucifixion? I desire to expand this question to extra biblical ...
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Why do many orthodox pastors grow long hair?

I've noticed that many of the orthodox pastors are with long hair. I believe it isn't just because but it has a religious background. What's the reason for that? Is it something wrong with short hair ...
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Did Jesus and his disciples have an occasional “hiding place”?

We see at Jn 11:6, the immediate response of Jesus to the news that Lazarus was seriously ill: ... after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Going ...
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Is there any Christian teaching as to where Adam and Eve were sent after their fall from the Garden of Eden?

In Islamic teachings, it is said that, after the fall from the Garden of Eden, Adam found himself on Mount Safa and Eve on Mount Marwa. (Of course, these locations are near enough so they found each ...
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What is the origins of Popes wearing a white soutane with other articles of clothing such as mozzetta in red?

What is the origins of Popes wearing a white soutane with other articles of clothing such as mozzetta in red? Most sources say that the pope wears a white soutane since the time of Pope Pius V. That ...
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What is the origin of closing one's eyes during prayer?

I have been a Christian since my youth, but I have never received a satisfactory answer to this question. Why must a Christian close their eyes during prayer? In large services in the west, (I am not ...
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How do Catholics traditionally understand the divine omnipotence?

You have Saint Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century saying that God cannot do what is intrinsically impossible, but I would like to know what Catholics believed about the divine omnipotence before ...
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What is the most important tradition in the Catholic Church?

I am doing a school project on Sacred Tradition and was wondering what Catholics view the most important Sacred Tradition to be. I was thinking that it would be Eucharist because it is the actual body ...
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Why does the priest say the words of the consecration in a low tone in the EF when Jesus probably did not say it in a low tone?

In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (the so-called "Tridentine Mass" or "Latin Mass") the words of the consecration are said in a low tone. In the Ordinary Form they are said in ...
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What are some examples of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church?

Currently I am doing a school project on why I believe Sacred Tradition should be used along with Scripture. What are some examples of Sacred Tradition throughout Church history. I would guess that ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a standard instruction on placing crosses on the altar?

Many oriental rites of Catholic Church have the plain cross signifying the Risen Lord, on their altar, whereas others use the crucifix signifying the Redemption. Of course, these days one sees ...
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What are origins and when did the tradition of the Yule Candles come into existence as a Christian tradition?

What are origins and when did the tradition of the Yule Candles come into existence as a Christian tradition? I stumble upon this Christmas Candle idea as a tradition. Can anyone help find more ...
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Did Mary have the assistance of a midwife on the birth of Jesus?

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. - Mark 2:7 Swaddling clothes are narrow strips ...
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Why there isn't a daily prayer structure like Liturgy of the Hours among Protestants?

Why the protestants, (and I exclude Lutherans & Anglicans, maybe some Methodists too), don't have a daily prayer rule ? Even if it isn't as elaborate as the Catholic or Orthodox ones, they can ...
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What practices are prohibited by Protestant churches but not explicitly prohibited by the Bible?

I would like examples of practices that are prohibited by Protestant churches (consider only Protestant churches that accept the Westminster Confession of Faith) but are not explicitly prohibited in ...
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Why is the story of Joachim and Anne considered true in tradition but mentioned only in apocryphal works?

Recently I have been reading about different Christian traditions that aren't neccesarily written in scripture but have been accepted by the RCC (and sometimes Orthodox Church) as tradition and true. ...
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According to Catholicism, is are there any teachings or traditions about who was the host of the house where Jesus celebrated his Last Supper?

According to Catholicism, is are there any teachings or traditions that may shed light on who was the host of the house where Jesus celebrated his Last Supper and how such a host may have known how to ...
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Why do most Christians seemingly not mind swearing on the Bible in light of Matthew 5:33-37?

Although the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution declares: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the ...
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Was St. Joseph always a righteous man?

We read at Mtt 1:18-19 (NRSVCE): Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with ...
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Are people who light those candles (votive candles) supposed to take a vow?

In Catholic Churches we light votive candles. I have never really understood what "votive" refers to. Are people who light those candles supposed to take a vow?
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Chimera Image on my leather jacket?

I have a leather jacket that just picked up from a girl who was selling it and I didn’t notice that it had a Chimera on its back. Truthfully, the image disturbs me a bit. I don’t want to curse my ...
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