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What penances do priests do for sins they absolve? That will depend on the individual priest, who will more than not, take that information to the grave. We can only guess! Let me answer with a antidote from the life of St. John Vianney and we know what penances he did in his lifetime... In the beginning of his ministry as a confessor, he handed out harsh ...


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What is a Friar and what do they do? Friars and monks are very similar yet quite different. While in the seminary, there was a popular joke that at one time made the rounds. Who is the best cook in a monastery? That would be the chip monk! Who is the best cook in a friary? That would be the deep friar! Let us start with a basic definition shall we. Friar ...


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I'll just add two of my favorite books on Catholic Apologetics and set this as a Community Wiki so everyone can chime in. Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton This is the the book that inspired C.S. Lewis to see Christianity as something that might be worth looking into. It's an apologetic in that it's an answer to H.G. Wells' outline of history. 50 ...


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Why does only the priest receive Communion under both kinds at a Catholic Mass? The faithful may receive communion under both species (bread and wine) at mass. But a priest must consume both species at mass. The Priest’s Communion The dogmatic teaching of the Church Holy Communion must of necessity be received by all adults in virtue of the divine command: &...


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Answering from an American Reformed perspective: The Westminster Confession of Faith (along with its accompanying Larger and Shorter Catechisms) is, to varying degrees, the "official" summary of doctrine for most confessional Reformed churches of English heritage. In its original 1646 form, this document refers to the pope as the anti-Christ in ...


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In Catholicism, the miracle at Cana is frequently associated with the Sacrament of Marriage as one popular choice of Gospel Readings because: Jesus and Mary were there: the couple inviting them to be present The couple can liken themselves as the earthen vessels filled with wine as Jesus gift of himself to the couple thus symbolically blessing Christian ...


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What is Sedevacantism? Sedevacantism is the belief that the Roman Catholic Church currently lacks a valid Pope. It implies that whoever currently holds the office does so in name only. The term Sede Vacante used by Sedevacantists differs from the term Interregnum: Sedevacantism is the claim, espoused by certain extreme traditionalist Catholics, that there ...


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I'm not sure about Polish, but one translation of the Kontakion [hymn] for Annunciation describes the Theotokos as a "queen of war": To thee our captain Queen of war, the battle trophies won, thy people rescued by thine aid from peril, dedicate as our offering of thanksgiving, O Theotokos, as thou hast might which none by war can overcome, from ...


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The only information I could find in English language sources is in Emile Bougaud, The History of St. Monica. New York: P. J. Kenedy 1885. Bougaud (1823-1888) was a French cleric who ultimately rose to the position of Bishop of Laval. The English edition is a translation by Rev. Anthony Farley of Abbé Bougaud, Histoire de sainte Monique. Paris, Vve ...


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Certainly, "Ananias & Sapphira received the Mercy of God" Only a short time before their conspiracy to be deceitful about their giving to the Church, they had received the outpouring of the Blessed Holy Spirit on that glorious and gracious Day of Pentecost. They (and all the other Christians) had been gifted with those tongues of fire above ...


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Catholics do not at all reject the notion that there are merits which are Christ's alone. As God, all merits are His. And, there is certainly Catholic theological tradition regarding sanctification and "meriting" salvation only insofar as we are grafted onto the Vine, which is Christ. There are direct examples of a petitionary prayer being made for ...


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Does the Catholic Church have any teaching on cannibalism? Under normal circumstances, it is sinful to mutilate a human person who has died. This is plain logic and the the courts treat this as a desecration of a human corpse and take it very seriously. Nevertheless, exceptions have historically happened. The Oct. 13, 1972 plane crash in the Andes is a ...


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I am worried that any answer to this question will be opinion based, but I will take as objective of a stab at it as I can. Given that all human relationships are kinds of friendship according to Aristotle's definitions of the word, as some have pointed out in comments, we ought to consider the ends of friendship. According to Aristotle, there are three ...


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The Latin of that passage from Dei Filius ch. 1 is: Hic solus verus Deus bonitate sua et ["]omnipotenti virtute["] non ad augendam suam beatitudinem, nec ad acquirendam, sed ad manifestandam perfectionem suam per bona, quæ creaturis impertitur, liberrimo consilio ["]simul ab initio temporis utramque de nihilo condidit creaturam, spiritualem ...


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Although not a theologian, Mother Teresa of Calcutta in her speech to the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, February 3, 1994 (video @19:30) makes the connection: I never give a child to a couple who has done something not to have a child.* Jesus said: "Anyone who receives a child in my name, receives me." [Mt. 18:5] *e.g., by ...


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Aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) as alternative to burial or cremation; NY Catholic Conference and Catholic Church's current position? When the alkaline hydrolysis was proposed in New York state in 2012, the New York State Catholic Conference condemned the practice, stating that hydrolysis does not show sufficient respect for the teaching of the intrinsic ...


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What is Penance and what has been its traditional role in the Catholic Church? The term penance have several different meaning within Catholicism. Here follows as modern definition of the term: Penance The virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one's own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed,...


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Are there a specific set of educational qualifications for a person to become a Catholic Priest, Bishop, Archbishop, Cardinal, and Pope? Let us start with the requirements for becoming a Catholic priest. Before going on I would like to state that some requirements may be waived by the appropriate ecclesiastical permission, the local Ordinary or the pope ...


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The thinking behind it was developed by Thomas Aquinas who taught what is called, “Concomitance.” Essentially, it means that “nothing is lost by the body being received by the people without the blood.” Serving communion in only one form (i.e. the bread/body) is also practiced in Lutheran & Episcopal churches in relationship to those struggling with ...


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Is the phrase "for Jesus’ sake" compatible with Catholic theology? The short answer is: Absolutely. But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Christ; and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. -2 Corinthians 5:18 Although not a rather popular expression within Catholic piety, there is nothing wrong with this phrase....


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You touch on one of the great difficulties that Christians have wrestled with for the entirety of Christian history. I agree with the above comments that your question could benefit from being a little more tightly focused. I will answer the first part about original sin, leaving aside for now the questions about predestination and free will. I have no shame ...


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The Canon of Holy Scripture was infallibly fixed by the authority of the Council of Trent, 4th session. As Schroeder, O.P., states in his edition of Trent's decrees (4th sess. fn. 4): For earlier lists, cf. Synod of Laodicea (end of IV cent.), c.60, the genuineness of which canon however is contested (Hefele-Leclercq, Hist. des conciles, I, 1026); Synod of ...


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What is the Catholic view of water being turned into wine at Cana? Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared... - Nehemiah 8:10 Ezra’s instructions to the people show us that God does not forbid us from enjoying the good things in life. He wants us to be happy! However, God expects us to be grateful ...


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Sedevacantism comes from the Latin sede vacante, meaning "empty (vacante) chair (chair)", meaning there is no occupant of the Chair of Peter. Fr. Hardon, S.J., Catholic Dictionary definition: SEDE VACANTE The period during which an episcopal see or diocese is vacant, that is, without a bishop. Generally applied to the See of Rome. Procedures ...


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Any traditional Vigil celebration on Holy Thursday? A few parishes might offer Eucharist Adoration until midnight of Holy Thursday. A least two parishes in my diocese offered this in a side chapel. I know of a Benedictine Abbey that does this for the monks in Chapter Room, where a permanent altar is in place. The Holy Thursday liturgy, celebrated in the ...


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What exactly did Jesus rebuke while healing the mother-in-law of Simon? English translations vary and if you do not mind I would like to use another version than the one you used. Translation can make a big difference. Thus I will use the Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA). After all it is a Catholic Catholic Bible. 38 And Jesus rising up out of the ...


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Does the Catholic Church allow scientific experiments that deliberately inflict some degree of pain on a human being? Scientific experiments on human beings must maintain respect for dignity the human person. Scientific experiments for the sole reason of deliberately inflicting some degree of pain on a human being are forbidden. Certain moral rules do exist. ...


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Unique Catholic Blessings of local Churches? La benedizione deglie serpe In Aragona in southern Sicily on June 29, the Feast of St. Paul, they used to have a blessing for snakes. This benediction is no longer in use, but it reflects devotion to St. Paul as he was bitten by a viper while at Malta. This ritual was done away with just a few years ago. If you ...


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The very important and meaningful distinction between אִישׁ (as a category of human nature, I will break it down in what follows to explain what I mean by “category”) and the totality denoted by אָדָם, is critical to understand. Once understood, it offers a cure to all the extremely foolish arguments fueling the fashionable exaltation of gender-driven and ...


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The answer you seek, whether it is from a Catholic or Protestant perspective, requires neither a Protestant nor a Catholic answer. It needs a biblical answer! There is a stylistic reason, meaning that God's creation of humankind is the apex or zenith of His creative work in the beginning. In a sense, God (through Moses) saves the "best til last." ...


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