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What is the official Catholic position on same-sex marriage and same-sex civil partnerships? Let us keep in perspective that the words of Pope Francis were spoken when he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires (Argentina)! The words quoted from Pope Francis do not change what Catholics believe about the Catholic position on same-sex marriage ...


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Is using medication derived from tissue of aborted fetuses compatible with Catholic teaching? The short answer is no, but it is a little more complicated than a simple one word answer. Apparently, there is ”no formal guidelines by the magisterium concerning this topic”! See the below letter of Mgr E. Sgreccia. I will be using the letter from Pontificia ...


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Does the Catholic Church have a policy on how altars are to be destroyed? Churches and altars may loose their sacred consecration in any number of ways! Normal loss of an altar’s consecration is due to damage because of age. Loss of consecration An altar loses its consecration: (1) when the table of the altar is broken into two or more large pieces; (2) ...


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Sometimes people focus too much on Christ's sufferings and not how much he poured out His love on the cross. Redemption by Christ was not so much achieved by how much He suffered, but how much He loved us (CCC 616). Suffering without love has little to no value, or even be senseless. However, suffering with love for your brethren is what counts. You will be ...


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The reason the disciples are suprised is not because of Jesus' character, but because the norms of the society at the time meant that this particular interaction was unusual. The woman herself is surprised in the same way, and explains why: The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews ...


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they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them This follows immediately after: all drank the same spiritual drink which itself follows after: all ate the same spiritual food which is preceded by: all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea Now, if the latter is to be taken as a figure of (Christian) baptism, then the two in the ...


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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life? The short answer is yes. 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain ...


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The Catechism defines sacrilege: 2120 Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Altars are treated in Canon Law: 1238 An altar loses its dedication or blessing in accordance with Canon 1212. 1212 Sacred places lose their dedication or ...


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What is the difference between an Apostolic Exhortation and an Encyclical Letter? Generally speaking encyclicals are more important than apostolic exhortations. Encyclical Definition A papal document treating of matters related to the general welfare of the Church, sent by the Pope to the bishops. Used especially in modern times to express the mind of the ...


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How much of the deuterocanonical books are true? All deuterocanonical books are considered inspired biblical texts by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East to be canonical books of the Old Testament but which are considered non-canonical by Protestant denominations and thus ...


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If the local cathedral of your diocese has burned down, is the feast day of the patron saint still a solemnity? The short answer is yes, since the principle patron saint has not been changed and thus remains intact! This question deals more with the particular calendar of a diocese than the norms set out by the Universal Calendar of the Catholic Church, ...


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Question Pertaining to St. John Vianney and the Miraculous Medal I have a great devotion to St. John Vianney and have read the works on the Curé D'Ars by Mgr. Francis Trochu, the procurator of his cause in French. If you can locate one of the first published works that were written by him for the beatification and/or canonization of Jean-Marie Baptiste ...


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Was St. Joseph always a righteous man? According to Catholic tradition, St. Joseph had always been a righteous man. When asked by a questioner about the dignity of St. Joseph in Christian tradition, the late Father Francis L. Filas, S.J., the U.S.A.'s leading authority on the subject, responded simply, "Like wife, like husband." The man closest to ...


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What are the theological implications of “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death”? The prayer of the Hail Mary (Ave Maria) is a prayer of petition, in which the faithful implore the intercession of the Mother of Jesus for the two most important moments of our lives: now and at the hour of our deaths. It is that simple. The “Hail Mary” prayer ...


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