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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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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 ยง1. The sacramental seal is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it common to pray to know if the Catholic Church is true?

Is it common to pray to know if the Catholic Church is true? And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. - ...
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Is it common to pray to know if the Catholic Church is true?

I am someone who has had many conversations with LDS evangelists. I take it that this question refers to something often said by such evangelists when those they talk to express doubts about the truth ...
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Is dissent on minor questions answered in the Catholic Catechism considered sinful?

The prologue of the Catechism is correct, in that it serves as a reference. It is meant to be used as a tool for pastors to catechize their flocks. Your priest (or deacon, or an educated catechetical ...
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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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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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Does Pope Francis' rewording on the subject of capital punishment in the Catechism trump those of Pope John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium vitae?

Simple Answer: Pope Francis put more emphasis on Evengelium Vitae by removing the gray area of subjectivity when He says "all". Pope St. John Paul II expressed the desire to limits while Pope ...
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Aren't Romans Catholics cults? As they have different doctrine comparing to Christianity

I'm not sure you're asking this question but in terms of Catholicism "Cult" is not a dirty word, it's just a word that means "folks who follow something in particular". The Latin ...
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Where does this definition of humility come from, if not the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

It comes from the Glossary, a derived work of the Catechism, which states: HUMILITY: The virtue by which a Christian acknowledges that God is the author of all good. Humility avoids inordinate ...
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According to Catholicism can you be saved without being baptised?

Is faith through Jesus Christ without baptism enough for salvation? Regarding baptism of desire, let the Catechism of the Catholic Church speak for itself: 1259 For catechumens who die before their ...
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What Parts of Libertarianism are Incompatible With Catholicism?

Libertarianism is diametrically opposed to the principle of solidarity. The principle of solidarity requires that men and women of our day cultivate a greater awareness that they are debtors of the ...
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Is it common to pray to know if the Catholic Church is true?

As a Catholic, I can say that it is common, and laudable to pray for the people guiding the church. Pinpointing an official position is hard since it's kind of navel-gazey, but praying for the Pope (...
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Salvation for Protestants who knowingly reject Catholicism?

Father John O'Brien wrote in The Faith of Millions ... those who are convinced of the truth of the Catholic Church, but who for some selfish reason fail to profess their faith in her. It is only ...
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About praying for the dead and anointing of the sick

Many Catholic theologians are of the very commonly held opinion that there is a so-called 'baptism of desire' whereby the grace of the Sacrament of Baptism ('baptism of desire' is not, however, an ...
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If you are in mortal sin but went to mass anyways are you in less of a sinful state?

TL;DR: no, for the same reason that one can't be "a little bit pregnant." I am going to answer in reverse order, since going to mass or not seems to be the active ingredient of this question. ...
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Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession?

Can Catholic priests disclose the fact that someone has seen him for confession? The short answer is possibly, but it is certainly not looked on in a well conceived mannered way. In the absence of a ...
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What kinds of things are mutable in Latin Rite Catholic Liturgy?

Reform of the mutable aspects of the liturgy* has occurred throughout the Church's history. Pope St. Pius V standardized the Roman Rite in his 1570 bull Quo Primum, and Pope St. Pius X reformed the ...
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