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In Catholic morality, abortion is always wrong. Another principle is that intention is primary: it's about saving lives. When in saving the mother's life and reasonable care has been done for the unborn baby but the baby still does not survive, it's not called abortion as it is the unintended side effect. The article A Dangerous Pregnancy and Abortion goes ...


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Is abortion ok if the mother's life is at risk according to Catholicism? Generally speaking, the short answer is no, unless the surgery would be absolutely necessary and the death of the infant would have been caused as an unintended consequence. Grateful Disciple gives an excellent answer, to which I would like to simply add a few lines of thought to this ...


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Commend: To entrust or commit to the care of someone else. Thus: "We entrust and commit these souls unto the Lord's care / keeping / mercy." Speaking as a non-Catholic, the Pope most certainly does not have any special power over the disposition of the departed. Nor would most Christians, I think, believe that this expression (which is used by ...


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Is the Eucharist more holy than the other Sacraments in the Catholic Church? The short answer is yes. Pope St. Paul VI stated that the Eucharist is the apex of our faith and Pope Benedict XVI stated that the Eucharist is the apex of our prayer! The Holy Eucharist, Vatican II tells us, is "the source and summit of the Christian life", (Lumen Gentium ...


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The Greek word in John 16:11 is ἄρχων (archōn - see Strong's G758). The "Outline of Biblical Usage" gives: ruler, commander, chief, leader. The Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count gives a total of 37 (ruler 22, prince 11, chief 2, magistrate 1, chief ruler 1) In Rev 1:5 it is referred to Jesus, ὁ ἄρχων τῶν βασιλέων τῆς γῆς ("the prince [...


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Short answer Yes, God is love. Yes, God and Jesus hate evil. Yes, overcoming evil is why Jesus came. But in our actions, like Jesus, Christians should NOT be driven by hate but empowered with love. For strength, you may have been thinking of anger, an irascible passion that can be in the service of both good and evil action (see the analysis below). ...


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I consulted the Encyclopedia of Theology, a Concise Sacramentum Mundi edited by Karl Rahner, and found a section headed ‘The Law in Paul’. Herein is found the answer to your question, and I now simply quote the relevant parts (with all emphases mine): “Paul and Judaism see the law as an independent theological entity: according to the claim of those who ...


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May Catholics have thier cremated remains poured out at sea? The short answer is no. Anyone familiar with the Catholic Church knows that over the years, they have changed their policies many times on numerous subject matters. And cremation is no exception. Burial of the human body is still the preferred manner. In 1917, the code of Canon Law allowed ...


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Both of the previous marriages of either a Prime Minister or an ordinary Catholic, would need to be found invalid by the Catholic Church. The validity of marriage is determined by the following factors Freedom to marry Consent Faithfulness Open to life Can. 1055 §1. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a ...


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The Midnight Mass of Christmas in 1943 from the then Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, Los Angeles was included in the film Christmas Holiday starring Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly, released in 1944. Because there is no studio lighting, the sequence is really dark, but they filmed the actual mass.


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The Catholic interpretation is that this refers to Satan. The New American Bible is the official English translation of The Bible for use in Catholic liturgy, and it is hosted both on the Vatican website and the United States Council of Catholic Bishops website, so I think it can be taken as a fairly authoritative source for the Catholic understanding of the ...


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I will answer the question in 2 parts: Transubstantiation and Consuming Christ Although Trinitarian Christians believe that Jesus is 100% God and 100% human, only Catholicism teaches the doctrine of Transubstantiation. Other denominations that believe in the Real Presence of Christ do not believe in a change of substance during the Sacrament of Eucharist. ...


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The Catholic Church does not deny its involvement in Residential Schools. Nor does it deny the abuses, including the deaths, that took place there. The Catholic orders and organizations responsible for organizing and running the Residential Schools have apologized for doing so. For example, this statement was made in 1991 by the Missionary Oblates of Mary ...


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The underlying cause of misunderstanding in this question is the use of the word "substance". In the quoted Church writing, it has the original old meaning, not the meaning we normally attach to it today. 1a: essential nature : ESSENCE b: a fundamental or characteristic part or quality … 3a: physical material from which something is made or which ...


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Not all sacraments are equally holy: Council of Trent, session 7, canon 3If anyone says that these seven sacraments are so equal to each other that one is not for any reason more excellent [or "more worthy", dignius] than the other, let him be anathema. St. Thomas Aquinas ordered the sacraments this way (Summa Theologica III q. 65 a. 1 c.): We ...


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There is no dispute between the two main pedigrees of Greek manuscripts as to what Jesus asked, exactly. He had just been asked what needed to be done to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded by asking the man, “In the law what has been written?” immediately followed by, “How readest thou?” (or, “How are you reading?” = same thing). In lay-person’s terms ...


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Sharpe, A. (1912). Richard of St. Victor. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. his mystical theology […] is mainly contained in the two books on mystical contemplation, entitled respectively Benjamin Minor and Benjamin Major […] the titles Benjamin Major and Minor refer to Psalm 67[:28], "Benjamin[…]in mentis excessu" [&...


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Answer Summary I believe this answer is applicable to both Protestants and Catholics and the answer is rather obvious when examining the larger contexts of both passages that: As a Christian he no longer put himself under the law because he considered righteousness from God based on faith is of surpassing value: resurrection from the dead. In the 1 ...


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St. Bernard (Epistle 77 quoted in this manual) thought that it was St. Gabriel. I've seen this reference cited in other places, so it's genuine, but I'm struggling to find an original version of this epistle. Virgo Gabrieli archangelo servanda ab initio tradita fuisse credenda est. Gabriel the Archangel is believed to have delivered to serve the Virgin from ...


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Faith and Morals "Faith and morals" is not a technical formula. It basically just means "beliefs and actions." The phrase itself is not meant to limit the scope of teaching, it is just meant to say that the Church has the authority to determine what Christians ought to believe and how Christians ought to act. Some think the Church can ...


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I will answer the detailed questions. Jesus "resurrected body" differs from Mary's "glorified body"? Essentially, no. Of course one has to accept the Catholic dogma of the Assumption, first. In the Question, no papal document is cited other than Pope Pius XII's decree of 1950. But "On 25 June 1997 during a General Audience Pope ...


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In his epistle St Peter says he is "old". We don't know exactly what "old" was at that time. Jesus also told St Peter he would be tied and his arms extended when he was "old". The way Jesus talks to St Peter indicates that Peter might have been younger than Jesus. Just like the "brothers" of Jesus talk to him clearly ...


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For us Catholics our believe is that original sin came into being through the fall of one man(Adam) and through the only lamb of GOD(JESUS) who washes away the sins of the whole world with his death and resurrection on mount Calvary mankind was restored and have redemption which includes free from original sin too. And now scripture have it that who so ever ...


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What is the oldest recorded filmed Catholic mass? The first complete televised Catholic Mass was on Christmas Eve 1948. Andrew Leach’s answer puts forth a earlier date of 1943, which in a sense is true, but it is not of a complete Catholic Mass and is simply part of the movie: Christmas Holiday! If the Mass within the Christmas Holiday has the act of ...


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What is Christianity's views on cannibalism? I am going to divide this question into two parts. The first will deal with eating the Eucharist within a Catholic viewpoint. The second part will deal with true cannibalism. A Catholic viewpoint on consuming the Sacred Host is not considered cannibalism. Can not tell you how many times someone has accused us as ...


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In the case of a twice-divorced man marrying within the Catholic Church, if that man and his previous wives were not Catholics, and neither ceremony was Catholic, then both marriages would not be recognised in the eyes of the Church. If that man and his wife-to-be were both baptised Catholics, and their child was also baptised into the Catholic Church, and ...


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My impression is that bows are often simply non-verbal ways to say "hello" or"good-bye" or "excuse me". Examples: Two people walking next to each other in an entrance procession but then going to opposite sides of the sanctuary will turn toward each other and bow before parting ways. At Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the ...


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I am not aware of Catholic teaching on the subject. However "love your neighbour as yourself is a quote from leviticus 19:8. Rabbai Hillel is often cited as the first person who uses it as a summary of the law. You can read about that here https://www.thetorah.com/article/love-your-neighbor-how-it-became-the-golden-rule When Jesus also includes the ...


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How to not awkwardly bow to thurifer during Mass? Thurification or incensation is an expression of reverence and of prayer, as is signified in Sacred Scripture and rules are actually put down how to perform this liturgical action. The celebrant should not begin any prayer or commentary until after the incensation has been completed. During the divine office ...


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I was going to make a long comment, but I thought I might as well just give a "short" answer. I must say firstly, that anyone that claims to have read the Bible and denies Hell's existence, is, at best, deceived, and at worst, insane. The foundational belief of Christianity is that Jesus died for our punishment, so that we wouldn't have to. Perhaps ...


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