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According to Sir Thomas More: Biography, Facts and Information and according to The last letter of Sir Thomas More, 1535 the Act of Succession was that which began the events leading to More's execution. It was the Act of Succession, passed the following month, that sealed his fate. It stated that all who were called upon must take an oath acknowledging ...


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Ectopic pregnancies are a classic application of the principle of double effect: The principle that says it is morally allowable to perform an act that has at least two effects, one good and one bad. It may be used under the following conditions: the act to be done must be good in itself or at least morally indifferent; by the act to be done is ...


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In his Book of Gomorrah, the Doctor of the Church St. Peter Damian notes the severe penalties historically attached to such offenses in the Scriptures as well as the canons of Church councils, and argues that such penalties should be even stronger for members of the clergy, who are to be held to a higher standard than the laity. The strongest punishments ...


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Do Catholics believe that Mary mother of Jesus is as holy as God? The short answer is no. It is obvious, that as a result of her Immaculate Conception, her fullness of grace and her holiness, the Blessed Virgin Mary never committed any personal mortal sins. But what about venial sins? We all commit venial sins, even the saints. A venial sin is committed ...


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This is just to add slightly to Nigel's excellent and informative answer, specifically on the "loophole" allowing More's family to "remain Catholic" (as referred to in the question). At that time no change had been made to the services of the English Church. Loyalty to the pope did not require an English person to stop going to his or her parish church, or ...


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Cardinal Manning, the most prominent father at the First Vatican Council who was responsible for the definition on papal infallibility, lists some signs of "the persecution which Antichrist shall inflict upon the Church of God," in the 4th lecture of his Temporal Power of the Vicar of Christ, "The Perpetual Conflict of the Vicar of Christ" (all 4 lectures in ...


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Here are his usages of the word "rigid" (and its derivatives) from the Pope Francis Little Book of Insults, with citations: Rigid Christians! They call themselves Christians, they call themselves Catholics, but their rigid attitude distances them from the Church! They are men who are locked in their calculations! They are slaves to their rigidity! ...


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Fr. Hardon, S.J.'s definition of "humanism" distinguishes "pagan humanism" and "Christian humanism": Name originally given to the intellectual, literary, and scientific movements of the fourteenth century through the early sixteenth. Their aim was to base every branch of learning on the culture of classical Greek and Roman antiquity. On its pagan side, it ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church has the following to say about consecrated life in general (i.e. professing vows to live in a more dedicated expression of faith, as with friars, monks, sisters, and nuns). Emphasis mine: 916 The state of consecrated life is thus one way of experiencing a "more intimate" consecration, rooted in Baptism and dedicated ...


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From the Blog of Archdiocese of Washington: Thus, though consigned to Hell, it would seem that some or all of the demons have the ability to roam the earth as well. Demons, however, do not have bodies and thus do not “roam the earth” the way we do. Their “roaming” is more an indication of their capacity to influence than their ability to move from ...


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The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) is a voluntary association of Catholic hospitals. In 2014, Ron Hamel, the senior ethicist for the CHA, published an article on their website which deals with this question among others. His conclusion is this: Treatment of ectopic pregnancy can take three forms — expectant management, surgical, ...


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Luke 2:43-44--and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. As DJClayworth mentioned in his comment above, it may well ...


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Detraction & Railing In other words, is it backbiting/detraction (detractio)"the blackening of another's good name by words uttered in secret"—St. Albert the Great, Sum. Theol. II 117, quoted in St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II q. 73 a. 1 arg. 1 or railing/reviling (contumelia)the same, but done openly, to his face (ibid.) to call someone ...


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What did the Dominicans in St. Thomas’ day do during their recreation time? Having lived in a contemplative monastery for awhile, my most logical thought would be that like Benedictines, the Dominicans would go for short walks in small groups in order to engage in light conversations, yet remaining somewhat spiritual. Perhaps on days when there would be bad ...


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The Council of Trent (1545-1563) wrote a decree Sacrificium et sacerdotium on the holy orders dealing with this question: Nullus in posterum ad subdiaconatus ordinem ante vigesimum secundum ad diaconatus ante vigesimum tertium ad presbyteratus ante vigesimum quintum aetatis suae annum promoveatur. Sciant tamen episcopi non ...


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Yes. For comfort. The Bible is filled with calls for people to remember the works that God has performed in the past as a means to sustain faith during present times of trouble. I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Psalm 77:11 If you have received blessings via answers to prayer, or the help of ...


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There is a core set of beliefs that all branches of Christianity hold in common - such as Jesus being both God and man, dying on the cross for us, rising from the dead, and one day returning to end the world. And there are the things that different denominations hold different views on, but still consider each other as fellow Christians - episcopal vs ...


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Very simply put, your assumption here is wrong: ... founded by Jesus Christ, and outside of which there is no salvation. Similarly numerous Protestant groups claim that if you don't adhere to their interpretations of scripture, you're most certainly hellbound. Salvation is in Jesus Christ, not the church. As a result of sin, everything on this earth ...


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These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 KJV There is a simple way to know which church to follow and if it teaches based on the scriptures: Scriptures teaches Salvation through faith in Christ (Rom 10:9-10) ...


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All forms of Christianity have to, at some point, base their beliefs in the Bible. If the Bible isn't true, then why are you bothering with any of its tenets, etc? And my problem is this: why must I become a historical and theological scholar to believe in Jesus? You don't need a theological degree to read the Bible. Indeed, most of its teachings are ...


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What part do Monks play in the Christian church? This is a great question and one that I was unaware had been posted before; otherwise I would have answered it before now. It is more the up to the individual who joins a particular monastery is fit for them. Each monastery has a unique chrism and gifts they offer to the Church. Monks live their lives ...


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Can a Catholic hold the position that some sodomite priests should be punished by the death penalty? One could imagine that this would go the same for pedophile priests! What a wonderful can of worms this question is about open! This answer does not reflect the opinion of the one answering this post. At a moral perspective, a Catholic could hold such a ...


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St. Alphonsus of Liguori argues in Glories of Mary p. 484 that she valued her virginity more than being a mother, but she valued doing God's will above all: An author* says, that so much did the Blessed Virgin love this virtue [of virginity], that, to preserve it, she would have been willing to have renounced even the Dignity of Mother of God. This we may ...


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The devil and his demons are are angels (immaterial/incorporeal intelligent beings). Angels do not occupy a place in the same sense bodily beings do. Angels are said to be in a place by the action they can produce on material things: St. Thomas Aquinas, addressing "Whether an angel is in a place?" (Summa Theologica I q. 52 a. 1) co., writes: It is ...


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Yes, Catholics must believe in the Old Testament and New Testament, and the God of the Old Testament = Holy Trinity. The heretical Manicheans and Albigensians rejected the Old Testament. The Council of Florence's Cantate Domino (1442), promulgated by Pope Eugene IV, condemns them in part because (DZ 707): they have said that there is one God of the New ...


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Do Catholics believe in the Old Testament? The short answer is: Absolutely! In fact Catholic bibles include some books not found in other denominations. Canonical by the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church (Deuterocanonical books): Book of Tobit Book of Judith 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees Book of Wisdom Sirach Book of Baruch Additions to Esther Additions ...


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The answer is NO. Not sure why you skipped CCC633 in your research where you can find the answer. Scripture calls the abode of the dead, to which the dead Christ went down, "hell" - Sheol in Hebrew or Hades in Greek - because those who are there are deprived of the vision of God.480 Such is the case for all the dead, whether evil or righteous, while ...


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Looking back many decades ago when I was a computer science student like yourself I was under the same predicament. I didn't see the fallacy of my concern, that I put too much emphasis on matters of secondary importance, i.e. my incomplete and subjective theological, historical, and philosophical understanding of the Christian faith and institutions. I was ...


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I think that there's really only one thing you can do: ask God to guide you and help you find the truth and then follow whatever thoughts and feelings He gives you. That should include to some degree doing your homework of studying scripture and trying to align yourself to people and organizations that fit your best understanding of God's will. At the same ...


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I understand your plight completely, as I underwent it myself some years ago. I would hear a person say something, but then recall scripture that says completely otherwise. How can we really trust any man whatsoever to give us the truth? How do we know we are not being deceived or misled? The answer is that you can't, there is no man alive today that you ...


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