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Can a Bishop forbid some literature to the faithful under his rule?

Can a Bishop, forbid the reading of some books (or any kind of literature) to faithful under his rule, in such a way, that it would be sinful for the faithful to not follow his advice?
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Does Pope Francis write the books ascribed to him, or are they ghostwritten?

A number of books have been published with Pope Francis as the author, such as The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium in 2013 and Praise Be To You – Laudato Si'; On Care for Our Common Home in 2015. ...
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What non-canonical texts do Eastern Catholic liturgies use?

There are some books considered to be canonical by (some) Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Churches, but not by the Latin Church. E.g. 3+4 Maccabees. The Eastern Catholic Churches kept their own ...
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Why do other religions exist if Yahweh is the one true God?

God is omnipotent and loves his human children. If that is the case why does he allow the continued propagation and existence of other religions. Does this signify that there is in fact no reason for ...
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Why is there a need for a sacrifice by Jesus?

In the biblical texts of Genesis, God is the one who creates everything into existence. If that was the case then why would God need to send Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity? God should ...
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What was the impetus for restoring the Consecration of a Virgin in the 20th Century?

The United States Association of Consecrated Virgins says the following about their sacramental: The Consecration of a Virgin is one of the oldest sacramentals in the Church, and one of the fruits ...
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What are St. Thomas Aquinas's views on fatherhood?

What are St. Thomas Aquinas's views on fatherhood? Did he define fatherhood (paternitas)?
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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses recognize marriage out of their religion? [duplicate]

I am dating a Jehovah Witness male who is a marvelous man. He is divorced from his wife after 22 years of sub standard wife treatment. I am born and raised Christian and we have open dialog over our ...
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If an Eastern Rite Catholic marries in the Western rite, does he/she need to formally change rites?

All the Eastern rites of the church are in communion with the Pope, else they would be a variant of Orthodox Christianity. However, say there was an Eastern Rite man marrying a Western Rite woman. ...
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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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Who were the Black Canons on the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome in Scotland?

Recently, while on holiday in Scotland, I visited the ruins of the Augustinian Priory of Inchmahome on the Lake of Mentieth, near to Aberfoyle and Loch Lomond. The priory was founded in 1238 by the ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”?

What I am not asking about: Glossolalia, as practiced by Charismatics in the modern day. What I am asking about: St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain and travelled as far north as Germany and ...
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Why did Our Lady of Lourdes say “I am the Immaculate Conception” and not “I am immacutalely conceived” or “I am the Mother of God”?

In 1858 St. Bernadette asked for the name of the beautiful Lady who was appearing to her. The Beautiful Lady answered her "I am the Immaculate Conception." Why didn't she simply tell her she was the ...
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Why was it said Salvation is only through Jesus?

It was stated in the answer (https://christianity.stackexchange.com/a/15634/45797) to a question (How were people saved before ~33AD?), as follows; No one, either prior to the cross or since the ...
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Magi Kings. Good or bad?

Recently I have a doubt related to the Three Magi Kings. Although, we all know that there are "denominations"that celebrate a special day in honor of them, there are others that do not. In Matthew ...
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Difference between Christ and Messiah? [closed]

Really need to understand the difference between Christ and Messiah
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Tackling Catholic philosophy and theology

I'd like to read and understand Catholic theology, philosophy and Tradition as best as I can. I'm a biologist and not a philosopher/theologian -- and as such, I cannot (and thus far have not) ...
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Does God need food and water to stay alive?

Peace be with you! Does God need food and water to stay alive? Did Jesus Christ need food and water to stay alive? Was Jesus Christ the God when he needed food and water to stay alive?
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Did God want Satan to tempt Jesus as a means of showing the spiritual realm that Jesus's love for and loyalty to God was undeniable?

Matthew 4:1 "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." I am wondering if God wanted Jesus to be tempted by Satan as a means of showing Satan and the demons, ...
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How did Jethro know Moses's God?

Jethro appeared to be a friendly guy to Moses, and even appeared to agree with what Moses believed in, especially in theological terms (i.e. worshipping Yahweh). If that's the case, then how did ...
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Were the early Christians known by any other name?

We see in Acts 11:24-26 (NRSVCE): "For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and ...
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Is Jesus the last Prophet?

Many Muslims believe that the Prophet of Islam is the Last prophet of God. Does this belief of 'last' Prophet exist in Christianity as well? Do any Christians believe that any other prophet will ...
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James first or Paul's letters

Is the letter of James promoting "Faith without deeds . . .is empty" in response to Paul or are the Pauline references to "Faith alone" a response to James? In reading them it seems James might the ...
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Can a Catholic priest excommunicate someone for premarital sex?

I was a Catholic. I did my sacraments according to the Catholic lifestyle. When I was born, I was baptized. Around age of 8 years, I got my First Holy Communion, and around 14 years of age, I went to ...
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Where did people who lived in Jesus's time go to when they died?

This sounds weird but when Jesus existed between approx. 6-3 BCE to 33 CE in Judea as a man (still retained His God nature) how were people living in this exact time frame judged after they died? ...
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Aren't Romans Catholics cults? As they have different doctrine comparing to Christianity [closed]

In Christianity, the churches always teach about the doctrine of Christianity, the fundamental beliefs, how Christian view God as a Trinity God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are equally al-...
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Why is the Gospel of Luke the only Gospel to claim Jesus was John the Baptist's cousin?

Why is Luke's Gospel the only of the four Gospels to make the assertion that Jesus was the cousin of John the Baptist?
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Can an indulgence be obtained for a deceased non-Catholic Christian?

The Manual of Indulgences published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states that The faithful can obtain partial or plenary indulgences for themselves, or they can apply them to ...
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easy yoke and heavy cross

I am having difficulty reconciling a tension that I see in the teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 11:28--30 Jesus tells us 28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I ...
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Regarding the practice of “cast lots”. Was this done by Jews only or did others practice it?

Regarding the practice of 'cast lots' in the Old Testament. Was this used by Jews only or did others use this method?
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Where does calling Heaven “My True Country” come from?

I was reading C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity yesterday; in the chapter on Hope, Lewis refers to Heaven and his "True Country". Perhaps it's a coincidence, but there's a Newsboys song with that as a ...
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Should dating couples who put themselves regularly to the occasion of sin be granted absolution if they do not have a will to avoid such situations?

Definitions. dating couple = (young) man and (young) women who have a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship between them. Question. Should dating couple which regularly (or just without any good reason) ...
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Zechariah 14 and Acts 1 according to those who reject the deity of Christ

Zechariah 14:1-5 (DRB) Behold the days of the Lord shall come, and thy spoils shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 And I will gather all nations to Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be ...
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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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Does the text of the 13th Century Vita of St. Dymphna still exist today?

The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia says the following about St. Dymphna: The earliest historical account of the veneration of St. Dymphna dates from the middle of the thirteenth century. Under Bishop ...
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Recommendations for Ancient Greek NT “versions”

What are some methods I can use to look for and find an Ancient Greek Bible that I can buy and use? My goal is to find one that would be as accurate as possible to the manuscripts. If my use of "...
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What does “son of thy handmaid” means in Psalm 86:16 and Wisdom 9:5?

King Solomon and King David identified themselves both as servant although King and more so, both of them said they are the "son of thy handmaid". Are the mothers of King Solomon and King David a ...
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Is it necessary to be contrite for every sin that confession is valid?

Question: Is it necessary for valid confession to be sorry for every sin of which one is aware of? It seems to me that it is necessary to be sorry for every mortal sin of which one is aware, but that ...
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Jesus death on the cross

Please can you provide me evidences from the Holy Bible that Jesus died on the cross. I.e. eye witness accounts, anyone who said 'Jesus was dead' and there was no doubt in it. Many thanks and go easy
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Was there any case of a homosexual priest in the early Church and how did the Church handle that?

Was there any case of a homosexual priest in the early Church and how did the Church handle that (if it occurred)?
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Is the nature of God the father like that of Abraham the father of Isaac? [closed]

Abraham sacrificed his child Isaac not himself because he loved God so much. Similarly God the father loved his creation so much that he sacrificed his son instead of himself. Does that mean they ...
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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

From my understanding and through examples in history and my life as well, God allows good and bad things to happen. Although I would always be curious as to why certain things happen, especially when ...
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Who documented biblical events before Moses?

From the creation until the time of Moses, who documented the events? Abraham? Prophets? Priests?
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Is there a denomination/sect of Christianity that believes that Jesus was the son of an angel?

Rabbi Yosef Massas (1892–1974) writes in responsa Mayim Chaim vol. 2 (Yoreh Deah §108:2) that he spoke to a Christian (possibly Catholic) priest who claimed that they only worship the One God and that ...
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Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?

Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?
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Was any transgender person ever ordained as a Catholic priest?

We find this entry in the Wikipedia: "Theodora of Alexandria was a saint and Desert Mother who was married to a prefect of Egypt. In order to perform penance for a sin she committed, she disguised ...
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How long were Jacob and Rachel married?

For various reasons, I've always wondered how long Jacob and Rachel were married before her death. Rachel's death (shortly after giving birth to Benjamin) is record in Genesis 35:16-18. As a result ...
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Did Jesus or 'an expert in the law' first share the greatest commandments?

In Luke 10.25-29 you have a teacher of the law asking Jesus how to inherit eternal life and then that same teacher of the law answering the question with the two greatest commandments But then in ...
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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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Topographical Map of Israel / Transjordan?

As an aide in Old Testament study, I'm looking for a topographical map of Israel - both East and West of the Jordan. Specifically, I want a map with topographical layer-lines showing specific heights. ...

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