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The Catholic Answers website has some good material on this. The main entry defending the doctrine is How to Defend the Intercession of the Saints. It addresses the "common" objections from protestants. I will sum up below. Praying to the Saints is not necromancy, because Jesus gives us a model for communing with the holy departed during the ...


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Lewis was so close to being Catholic, and he was heavily influenced by the devoutly Catholic Tolkien. He's also just about the most Catholic protestant who ever lived. He embraced the validity of tons of Catholic teachings that protestants generally reject outright. As for why he gets more recommendations, perhaps he was more prolific in the kinds of ...


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Is Luke 12:50 where Roman Catholics get the concept of baptism by blood? But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! - Luke 12:50 While St. Luke in his Gospel seems to be pointing that way. The annotation of the 1582 edition of the Rheims New Testament points to a verse from the Gospel of St. John as to be the ...


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Yes: Sacrosanctum Concilium §36: 36 Particular law remaining in force, the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites. But since the use of the mother tongue, whether in the Mass, the administration of the sacraments, or other parts of the liturgy, frequently may be of great advantage to the people, the limits of its employment may be ...


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It appears the answer is "Yes, but No". PrayTellBlog indicates that the Mass has been translated and used: “You are the fullness of Reality, One without a second. Being, Knowledge, Bliss. Om, tat, sat.” (Om tat sat, ओम् तत् सत्, is a Sanskrit mantra meaning these are “the three words of the three forms of god.”) In 1974, these words concluded the ...


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It may help you answer your question to read the pericope in its entirety (1 Cor 10:23-33), and the footnotes appended by NET Bible to it. Paul is laboriously (even clumsily) saying that people shouldn't have "questions of conscience" and shouldn't inquire of their own accord whether the meat that is put on the table is from animals sacrificed to ...


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Does the Catholic Church accept that Mass is not an “essential service”? The short answer is somewhat ambiguous here: yes and no! Even your question is ambiguous: Does the Catholic Church accept that Mass is not an “essential service”? versus Does the Catholic Church accept that in-person Mass is “non-essential”? Which is it? No as the morally established ...


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in 1968, he wrote, “I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity..." Read: Thomas Merton’s Encounter with Buddhism and Beyond: His Interreligious Dialogue, Inter-MonasticExchangesand Their Legacy A Christian is supposed to evangelize those from Eastern religions, present them with the gospel rather than assimilate their mystical insights. ...


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The history of religious persecution of Jews in Britain is truly horrible, and a shame and a reproach on the good name of Christ. However, I will not delve into that here, but provide a few links at the end. This question asks about Church of England thinking behind a planned “act of repentance” for 2022 (on the 800th anniversary of the Synod of Oxford, ...


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Has the Catholic Church drawn a parallel between the sleep of Jonah on board the ship and that of Jesus in the boat? St. Cyril of Jerusalem does so. Calming of the storm of Jonas, has been paralleled to the Gospel story by a least on Church Father. The circumstances surrounding the storm that hit the ship bound for Tarshish bears striking similarities to the ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas's prayer "Concede mihi, misericors Deus" includes the request "quod a me requiris, ut faciam, tribue ut sciam" ("grant that I may know what you require me to do"). (See, for example, http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/Varia/Concede.html) If the greatest theologian of the last millennium felt the need to ...


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Are priests being “cancelled” by Bishops all over America? The term cancelled is a very dubious term to be employed here. There are other issues involved here, other than Covid-19. Other priests have been subject to suspension, but there are no numbers to support that hundreds have been suspended for political reasons all over the United States within the ...


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E.F. Schumacher, who was a Jewish convert to Catholicism turned me on to the Jesus Prayer, which he used as a sort of thought experiment as to how one could pray always like St. Paul enjoins. The Jesus Prayer Jesus Christ Son of the Living God have mercy on me a sinner. is a prayer that can be repeated practically between thoughts. It, like the Hail Mary, ...


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What are some exercises, according to Catholicism, to keep a mindfulness on Christ? This is truly a great question, as it deals with improving one’s closeness to Jesus who is called the Christ. Some exercises to help keep us mindful on Christ could be as follows (no particular order is intended): Have a spiritual director whom you feel comfortable and ...


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I think "so", there have been interruptions in history for various reasons. In fact, you may want to look at this one in the end it shows how serious it is seen to interrupt the holy mass. But as Catholics, we should take the theological rules rather than the "linguistic" ones, i.e. it's better to be orthodox in your belief, that going to ...


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It is rare that the Catholic Church explicitly defines a proper interpretation of a particular passage in Scripture. Typically, an exegete would look to the Church Fathers and to the typical interpretation of theologians through the ages in order to determine if his or her interpretation is orthodox. As far as I know, whether or not hyperbole is used in Old ...


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The Catholic Church doesn't compel her members to do many things, but one of the things she does compel them to do is to attend mass The first precept ("You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor") requires the faithful to sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord as well as the ...


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