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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

(Well taught and informed) Protestants don't make such unqualified statements as "All Catholics are heading to hell". Instead we say that many Catholics are not yet saved, as of course are ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

OP: "So on the view of Sola Fide, can’t Catholics still be expected to go to heaven since they express faith? Or am I missing something here?" What you are missing is the Catholic's defining ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

As a protestant, I think Roman Catholicism is full of heresies. I also think Roman Catholic churches probably have at least some, if not many, Christians in them. The problem with the RCC is when it ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

"Faith" in both the Bible and common usage includes both belief in someone's reliability, and reliance on them. Saving faith is both belief that Christ's life, death, and resurrection ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is assassinating politicians ever justifiable under the Natural Law?

According to the Catholic Church, is assassinating politicians ever justifiable under the Natural Law? The short answer seems to be in the affirmative, as long as it was not done by a individual on ...
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Is the 'Jazz Mass' still able to be celebrated?

The 1967 instruction Musicam Sacram stated In permitting and using musical instruments, the culture and traditions of individual peoples must be taken into account. However, those instruments which ...
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Did Jesus engage himself in any profession before the commencement of his Ministry?

Did Jesus engage himself in any profession before the commencement of his Ministry? Traditionally, Jesus followed in his foster-father of Our Lord (Nutritor Domini), St. Joseph in the family trade! ...
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Can a Catholic Parish Give A Building Away?

Can a Catholic Parish Give A Building Away? Under normal circumstances, a Catholic parish may not give away a building or other Church assets for that matter, unless they are of little to no value. ...
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How do Catholics assert certain Traditions being equal with Scripture when Scripture never says tradition can be of equal authority?

How do Catholics assert certain traditions being equal with Scripture when Scripture never says tradition can be of equal authority? Apostolic Tradition aided the Church before the Biblical Canon was ...
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What is the significance of these figures in a Catholic ordination procession?

The familiares of a bishop or cardinal wear ferraioli over cassocks not usual choir dress (surplices). I suspect this is because the familiares are more like personal attendants of the prelate rather ...
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Who is the earliest Church Father affirming the present Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant?

According to this site, the earliest seems to have been St. Hippolytus (c. 170-c. 236): “At that time, the Savior coming from the Virgin, the Ark, brought forth His own Body into the world from that ...
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Who is the earliest Church Father affirming the present Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant?

Who is the Earliest Church Father affirming the present Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant? The question asking for the Catholic interpretation of Mary as the Ark of the ...
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As a Catholic, can I baptize my own child after he is born?

Q: As a Catholic, can I baptize my own child after he is born? Can. 837 §1. Liturgical actions are not private actions but celebrations of the Church itself which is the sacrament of unity, that is, ...
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What sort of latitude is afforded a parish in terms of the bread used in the Eucharist, according to the Catholic Church?

Supportive Dante would be more accurate to say there is "very little latitude" than to say "no latitude." His interpretation of Redemptionis Sacramentum in his answer is not ...
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Bishop of Antioch?

The simple answer is that Peter was Bishop of Rome last. That's the last ecclesial province he had control of, and so his successor is whoever is Bishop of Rome. The Antiochian argument, in my ...
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Must you have completed your confirmation to be able to go to confession?

No, Confirmation is not necessary for being able to receive absolution in Confession. Every sacrament has its necessary matter and form. The matter for the sacrament of Confession are sins; Catechism ...
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What other customary Catholic fasting periods are there aside from Lent?

What other customary Catholic fasting periods are there aside from Lent? There are several historical fasts that have now disappeared, just like the dodo bird. But every once in awhile they seems to ...
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What is the Catholic Church’s position on the legalization of drugs such as marijuana or cocaine?

The Catholic Church doesn't exactly anathematize libertarians because she doesn't anathematize anyone any more, but Pope Leo XIII, for one, has some good words to say about the spirit underlying the ...
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How can Catholics who adhere to Eucharistic Miracles claim the distinction between substance and accidents?

St. Thomas Aquinas discusses Eucharistic miracles in Summa Theologica III q. 76 a. 8 "Whether Christ's body is truly there when flesh or a child appears miraculously in this sacrament?"; in ...
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What is the license that Catholic priests have to preach?

Preaching as part of the mass liturgy Canon Law Made Easy website article Who May Preach? subsumes preaching in the context of mass homily under the "office of preaching" which is part of ...
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What is the license that Catholic priests have to preach?

What is the license that Catholic priests have to preach? Priests and deacons may preach homilies at mass by the virtue imposed upon them at their ordination. For that much we are sure. When your ...
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How do Protestants who say Catholicism doesn't teach the true Gospel understand a Catholic person’s faith in Jesus?

I think a big part of the confusion here is that Catholics and Protestants have different definitions of what it means to be "saved". Roughly speaking: Protestants believe that faith alone ...
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Is a lawfully-constituted civil society divinely-instituted?

Not sure how anyone completely nullifies or sidesteps Romans 13. Yes, there will be limits. No, it's not compatible with opposing the existence of governing authorities. We'll see what the Catholic ...
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Is St Paul referring to physical appearance of man and woman when he speaks of creation in God's image , in 1 Cor 11: 7?

St. Paul is referring to "the Divinely constituted order: God, Christ, man, woman (v. 3 ['the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.')&...
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Where did St. Catherine of Siena say: “Preach the Truth as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world.”?

It comes from Lettera 16, "A uno grande prelato" ("to a great prelate"): Oimé, non più tacere! Gridate con centomiglia di lingue. Veggo che, per lo tacere, el mondo è guasto, la ...
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Was St. Joseph alive when Jesus came to preach in his hometown?

Was St. Joseph alive when Jesus came to preach in his hometown? Possibly, but trading holds that he died before the public ministry of Jesus. The Scriptures, tell us very little about St. Joseph. The ...
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According to Catholic scholars, does Gen. 1:27b ("male and female he created them") follow from Gen. 1:27a ("God created man to his own image")?

St. Thomas Aquinas explains this in Summa Theologica I q. 93 a. 4 ("Whether the image of God is found in every man?") ad 1: The image of God, in its principal signification, namely the ...
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Can a bishop be "demoted" to a priest?

Can a bishop be "demoted" to a priest? In theory, it is possible. I am not sure this has happened, but the possibility does exists, especially if there was a case in which a bishop was ...
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Can a bishop be "demoted" to a priest?

The short answer: No In Catholic Theology, ordination is tied to an indelible mark which cannot be removed. This is the same kind of idea as the indelible mark of baptism or confirmation. Through the ...
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Must you have completed your confirmation to be able to go to confession?

Must you have completed your confirmation to be able to go to confession? The short answer is no. Normally, the reception of first confession predates both first communion and reception of the ...
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