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Are Catholics not supposed to pray the St. Michael Prayer?

The faithful may recite the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel freely. The prohibition from Pope Leo XIII is against the faithful’s use of the rite of exorcism—in other words, the pope is ...
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Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?

No, a retired pope is not infallible because that guarantee is not a personal quality; it is attached to the office that he no longer holds. This is true in terms of the pope’s extraordinary teaching ...
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What was the hour of the Annunciation?

What was the hour of the Annunciation? There is nothing in Holy Scriptures that will be of any help here. But perhaps we could start with Dom Guéranger and tradition: A tradition, which has come ...
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Doctrine of biblical inerrancy and Pope Benedict XVI questioning the historicity of passage in the Gospel of Matthew?

Scripture is inerrant. Man is not. The Bible needs to be interpreted. Even a translation is an interpretation, because the translator needs to decide what a passage means in order to put it into ...
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How does Pope Benedict XVI reconcile conscience and authority?

I suggest you can ask Pope Benedikt XVI directly. You can write to the "Emeritus Pope Benedikt XVI, Secretariat of State, the Apostolic Palace, Vatican State". They DO read and answer all letters, one ...
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Looking for the source of a Cardinal Ratziger quote regarding the liturgy

The following occurs in Joseph Ratzinger: Collected Works Vol 11, Theology of the Liturgy, p.568, quoting a paper given by the then Cardinal which is cited as "Translated by Henry Taylor. From ...
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Popes Benedict XVI or Pope St. John Paul II on the subject of the Antichrist and the end times?

St. John Paul II once stated that we are now nearing the final confrontation. “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think ...
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What is the implication of "munus"?

What is the implication of “munus”? Before going on I wish to put forth the actual Latin text of Pope Benedict’s Resignation as well as an English translation. Below is the full text of Pope Emeritus ...
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Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?

I also think that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has lost supernatural assistance and related "infallibility" about his possible formal declarations concerning faith and moral as Pope when he abdicated ...
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What does it mean when Archbishop Ganswein stated that Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Petrine Ministry?

In a lecture in Rome, Gaenswein said (according to a report in the National Catholic Register) that Benedict had “left the papal throne” but had not “abandoned [the] ministry” he had accepted “in ...
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Popes Benedict XVI or Pope St. John Paul II on the subject of the Antichrist and the end times?

Has Pope Benedict XVI or Pope St. John Paul II written anything extensively (or even informally supported any author) on the subject of the Antichrist and the end times? Answer YES! Pope Emeritus ...
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Are Catholics not supposed to pray the St. Michael Prayer?

The safe understanding of the warning is to not put yourself on risk. You can read in the web articles by priests with experience on the exorcism ritual. It is extremely risky and should be excersided ...
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Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and the Prophecy of the Popes?

Are there any known Catholic authors who have tried to interpret the papal reigns of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis as being a single reign in order to make both of them fit into St Malachy's ...
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What does "he finds his truth" mean in Pope Benedict's Caritas in Veritate?

Once we understand the context, we'll be able to work out an answer. Notice three things: In this letter, pronouns are not capitalized when referring to God. There are numerous clear examples where ...
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Why do Catholics teach that Catholics go to hell if they die in a state of mortal sin, but teach some Protestants may go to Purgatory/Heaven?

The following, represents the Roman Catholic Church, not the context of a document taken out of time condemning active heretics, those who rebelled as Satan did, but those who fell victim to that ...
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How does Pope Benedict XVI reconcile conscience and authority?

This is a great question. I see no one gave you a proper answer about what he personally thinks as opposed to what the Church as a whole (e.g. the Catechism) teaches. I recently read On Conscience: ...
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Why did Cardinal Ratzinger stop supporting a literal interpretation of creation in Genesis?

More recently, Pope Francis has made a statement that more than confirms Cardinal Ratzinger's position. Francis said it was easy to misinterpret the creation story as recounted in the book of Genesis, ...
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