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What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism?

Yes, the Catechism and Canon Law are two separate things The Catechism is a teaching tool for the bishops and various catechists to instruct the faithful. (Why do we receive the Eucharist? What ...
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How do indulgences remit temporal punishment?

How do indulgences remit temporal punishment? Sin has consequences! "Sin has two consequences, or punishments (CCC 1472). The first is eternal punishment, in which the soul loses heaven and is ...
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What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a book, promulgated in 1992 by Pope St. John Paul II, which seeks to explain the doctrine (that is, the body of teachings) that the Catholic Church holds. It ...
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How did the doctrine of the pope having "supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls" originate?

Paragraph 937 of the Catechism is part of an "In Brief" section that occurs at the end of every topic of the Catechism. The "In Brief" sections are intended to summarize the ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider it sinful for couples who aren't able to conceive to have sex?

I believe this to be a valid question because there can be confusion here. HUMANEA VITAE 11. The sexual activity, in which husband and wife are intimately and chastely united with one another, ...
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Are there any conditions at all that allow a married Catholic couple to use contraceptives?

No, there are not—at least not for contraceptive purposes. The Catholic Church has this to say about (artificial) contraception: Similarly excluded [from consideration as a moral act] is any action ...
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Is an adult convert to Catholicism required to accept everything in the Catechism before he/she is baptized?

Caveat to this answer: Both priests gave you better pastoral guidance than you'll receive on an internet Q&A site. No, that 100% target isn't a critical milestone for a neophyte, which is the ...
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What is Thomas Aquinas's "Dec. præc."?

Almost certainly this is a reference to his set of Sermons on the Ten Commandments known as "Collationes in Decem Precepta" or "de decem praeceptis"
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Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession?

Church law does not explicitly prohibit revealing that a given person has been to confession or not. Here are the relevant canons from the Code of Canon Law: Can. 983 §1. The sacramental seal is ...
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Is there a 'correct' pattern for Anglicans and/or Roman Catholics when crossing yourself?

For Catholics, it's using the right hand, forehead-chest-left shoulder-right shoulder. The Sign of the Cross (from the Fountain of Catholic Knowledge, OFFICE OF CATHOLIC PUBLICATIONS, Imprimatur,...
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Why is the sin of the fallen angels unforgivable? (Catholic catechism)

Satan and all the fallen angels (demons) are completely consumed with evil and chose to do evil with all their intellect and sin against God, thus repentance is no longer possible for them. ...
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What is the Authoritative Catholic explanation of why the Magi get a pass, yet Catholics are to reject astrology?

The Magi used their Magian astrology to recognize what was happening now. But astrologers use astrology to find out what is going to happen in the future. Note that Magi's saw Jesus in a house (Mat 2:...
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Does Pope Francis' rewording on the subject of capital punishment in the Catechism trump those of Pope John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium vitae?

Pope Francis' revision of the Catechism does not contradict John Paul II's thinking on this issue, especially as seen in the encyclical Evangelium Vitae. Francis' revision is just finishing the work ...
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The task of interpreting the Word of God - The Pope

This means that the Magisterium of the Church is used to specify to the People of God and to the world how, exactly, the Word is to be applied to our daily lives: The Roman Pontiff and the bishops ...
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When does a tradition become a Tradition?

So the Catholic Church bases its beliefs on the truths revealed to it by God; that is, on Revelation from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. This revelation comes in two parts: Scripture, which has ...
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What is a Catechism and when and how did they originate

Have a read of the Wikipedia article on Catechesis: churches have long been using the terms "catechist" to refer to teachers and "catechumens" to refer to students, both based on the Greek word ...
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Would the Catholic Church have problems with gays or lesbians getting married under state law but not having sex?

Yes, there would be problems with that. The Church views "openness to having children [biological children of one's own, i.e. children conceived by the woman and the man]" as a vital part of marriage:...
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What is the origin of the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

The current Catechism of the Catholic Church is what is known as a universal catechism; that is, a catechism intended to apply for, and meant for the usage of, the entire Catholic Church. The only ...
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Do the Catholic Church ex cathedra pronouncements about necessity of Catholicism to be saved still apply?

Simply to add to the answer given by Geremia... It is quite possible to consistently believe that "outside of The [Catholic] Church there is no salvation", and square it away with some of the more ...
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What is the Catholic Church's explanation of its listing of the Ten Commandments?

There is no official Catholic division of Ten commandments. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: The division and numbering of the Commandments have varied in the course of history. The ...
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Does CCC 2291 imply smoking is sinful?

The Church doesn't anywhere define just exactly what drugs in the phrase "the use of drugs" means. That shouldn't prevent us from drawing reasonable conclusions about what it might mean, or ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on the relationship between science and religion?

The "'non-overlapping magesteria' model for the relationship between science and religion" is not Catholic. In fact, it is condemned as a part of the heresy of Modernism, what Pope St. Pius X called ...
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What is the difference between "Catechism" and "Canon Law" in Catholicism?

They are two separate books, and the English translations of the Catechism and the Code of Canon Law1 can be found on the Vatican website. (The Catechism can also be found, in Flash format only, on ...
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Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil?

Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil? The short answer is no. The choice of words regarding the Roman Pontiff's ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach that humans are superior to all other creations on Earth?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say on the Image of Man: 355 "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them."218 Man ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on the relationship between science and religion?

No, the Church does not have a separatist attitude toward science. There have been periods in which, admittedly, some persons in the hierarchy of the Church have viewed the natural sciences with a ...
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Communion of Saints and Our Relationships in Heaven

How could a community be truly united without a "deep and intimate relationship with each of its members to its full extent"? Pope Pius XII discusses the Communion of the Saints in his 1943 ...
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At what point would a sin become mortal if you learned about it through self-study?

Mortal sin (from mors = death) forfeits sanctifying grace and is the supernatural death of the soul. St. Augustine defines it as "something said, done or desired contrary to the eternal law." To be a ...
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Is a baptized but not confirmed Catholic really a Catholic?

Short answer: Yes, that is incorrect, because baptism in the Catholic Church makes you Catholic CCC 1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit ...

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