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Is the sign of the Cross as well as the crucifix a Catholic “trade mark”? The Catholic Church does not have a trade mark on this subject, but the sign of the cross, crosses and crucifixes are extremely popular in the liturgy and in private devotions. The Crucifix is a visual reminder for the Catholic faithful of the enormous price Jesus paid for our ...


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How can incorrect information on a Catholic baptismal record be corrected? Start by going to the parish priest of the church in which the baptism actually occurred and explain it to the pastor in charge. This should be done in person and not over any sort of social media. Please phone in advance to make an appointment and to make sure the pastor not on ...


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How is Lent observance reconciled with Matthew 6:16-18? Lent can be as private as on wishes. The public nature of Lent observance is generally limited the liturgical days of Ash Wednesday and other liturgical days in Lent. Our individual practices can and should remain between ourselves and God. Apart from the only two days in which fasting and abstinence ...


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There is nothing about Lent observance that requires it to be public. My experience is very different from yours, and most people keep their Lent observances very private. I don't know what anyone is doing for Lent except for my immediate family (I have deduced one person's Lent observance, but even then it was something they kept as private as possible.) ...


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They get a church annulment whithout a state annulment (or divorce). It seems possible to get a church annulment without getting a state annulment before. You can recognize this by a new proposed bill in the Philippine parliament: In future a church annulment shall be recognised as a state annulment. This only makes sense, if a church annulment can be ...


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The inscription on the cross is common of a Saint Benedict Medal Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death St. Benedict Medal (Wikipedia) And the person in Biblical Dress is probably St. Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Benedictine Order, an ancient order of religious brothers ...


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The reason the Dominicans and Franciscans were allowed to fill the void when the Jesuits were expelled (and subsequent rebellions put down) was because the Bourbons had taken over rule of Spain from the Hapsburgs in 1700. The Bourbons hated the Jesuits, but encouraged the other religious orders who filled the void. "The Medicine of Memory" appears to be ...


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Do Catholics have an obligation to attend the parish closest to their homes? The short answer is no. Not many Catholics know this, but your real parish is the one whose territory includes your place of residence. At least that is how the Code of Canon Law still sees it. But even with that built-in understanding of one’s territorial parish, canon law ...


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Why did the Jews comment that Jesus was not yet fifty years of age? This is a very obscure subject to research accurately using Catholic sources. There is certainly no definitive statements on the subject whatsoever and as such Catholic interpretation on the subject matter is open to various points of view even within the Church. That said let me do my ...


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Did Rome prefer that Catholic clergy not work for national governments? The short answer is historically possibly yes and no, but in modern times it is a definitely yes. Things have changed over the centuries and Rome has become more explicit and demanding as to what or what not a Catholic priest may or may not do. The political situation in past ...


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The argument that calling Jesus "Lord" necessarily or always refers to his divinity, I suspect, is a novel one; and non-magisterial catechetical resources carry no guarantee of the soundness of their argumentation for doctrine, since the deposit of faith was handed on largely without explanation of the doctrines, containing only the doctrines themselves: ...


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Historically there was a type of canon known as a prebendary canon. Kinds of canons Canons are divided in the following manner: (1) Cathedral canons, who, attached to the cathedral church, form the senate or council of the bishop; collegiate canons, who perform the canonical office in the church to which they are attached, but are not connected by ...


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What bible courses do men take in seminary before becoming an ordained priest? I am sure it will vary from seminary to seminary. The Seminary of Christ the King for example teaches at the high school, college and university levels. It is the smallest university in Canada. Having been a former seminary student here, I could add that depending on the year ...


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There are a few public acts that occur during Lent: wearing blessed ashesAccording to Baltimore Catechism 3.1077, theyare used to keep us in mind of our humble origin, and of how the body of Adam, our forefather, was formed out of the slime or clay of the earth; also to remind us of death, when our bodies will return to dust, and of the necessity of doing ...


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It is definitely a what most Catholics familiar with sacramentals call a St. Benedict’s Cross. In reality it should be called a St. Benedict Crucifix. Sounds like you found a Catholic sacramental and not a relic at all! The three holes in the cross were there to hold the corpus attached the cross. The corpus being the body of Jesus on the Cross. The ...


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The short answer is YES. Jesus was a continuing revelation of God the Father who was already perfect but in Jesus the perfection became even clearer. Righteous anger is part of being perfect. No anger when situation warrants it is a defect. Picture a perfect earthly father whose son has been rebellious for years. Righteous anger is part of being a ...


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You must be referring to: Faber, Frederick William & John Fitzpatrick, O.M.I. 1920. Prayer: Selections from Father Faber. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne. You can find it in a library near you by clicking the above link. Chequamegon Books (Washburn, WI, U.S.A.) has a copy of it for purchase, only $10.


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What is the purpose of degrees in the Knights of Columbus? To teach Catholic gentlemen to be true Catholics, loyal to the Holy Father, the Magisterium of the Church and to aid fellow Catholics in diverse situations, such as widows. Things that Knights of old would look upon as an honour to fulfill. The degrees taken emulate these facts, in their ceremonies ...


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Pre-Vatican II guidelines for vestments? The book, Churches Their Plan And Furnishing has a whole chapter on Sacred Vestments (chapter 18) pages 184-208. It explains styles, sizes trims as well as ornament to be placed on diverse liturgical vestments uased at Mass. Apparently the ornaments and trims may be of any colour. Here is a couple of sample ...


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Fr. Cornelius à Lapide, S.J., notes that Romans 14:9 corroborates the previous verse ("For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; or whether we die, we die unto the Lord. Therefore, whether we live, or whether we die, we are the Lord's."). He also notes that Romans 14:9 does not say "so that He may become Lord,"ut fiat Dominus as though He did not ...


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According to Fr. Spiro, the sign of the Cross is the peculiar property of Catholics all the world over and so ancient that it is generally believed to have been introduced by the Apostles. Here is a Catechism explained by Fr. Spirago: IX. THE SIGN OF THE CROSS. The Catholic makes confession of his faith most especially by the sign of the holy ...


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When did the Holy Family actually settle down at Nazareth? Scriptures tell us that after the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple the Holy Family went to the town of Nazareth. 39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. - Luke 2:39 Assuming the Holy Family left the ...


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Do Catholics consider Catholic Church as a heresy of the Orthodox church? The short answer is no. Been a Catholic all my life and I have never heard or read about a practicing Catholic makes such a bizarre claim against the Catholic Church. In fact, no teaching from the Popes or the Teaching Magisterium of the Catholic Church has ever been forthcoming. ...


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