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What does Satan get out of being evil?

The Catechism states: 391 Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church's ...
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How does general confession work when ordinary confession absolves you of all your past sins?

How does general confession work when ordinary confession absolves you of all your past sins? This is one of those questions that for individuals who take their spiritual life very important and to ...
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Is there assurance of salvation in Catholicism?

No. Unfortunately, Catholics take verses out of context such as 2nd Timothy 4:7-8 and 1st Corinthians 9:27 to teach works salvation and that salvation will only be decided after death. This ...
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What does the Catholic church teach about IVF?

In general, the Catechism states: 2376 Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), ...
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What is the view on TRT for Catholics?

Hormone therapies that assist natural bodily functions are moral. For example, for women, Catholic OB/GYN Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, MD's advocates monitoring hormone levels during pregnancy and giving ...
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Since transubstantiation is Roman Catholic Dogma, are self described Roman Catholics who reject it in heresy?

As @eques explains there are some nuances to be taken into account. But in general I think it is more than fair to refer to the Second Vatican Council for some context. In this council the Church has ...
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Since transubstantiation is Roman Catholic Dogma, are self described Roman Catholics who reject it in heresy?

According to the Roman Catholic definition of heresy and the Pew Research survey, are 22% of Roman Catholics in the United States heretics and automatically subject to excommunication? Assuming that ...
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Does a Roman Catholic need to believe in transubstantiation in order to effectively receive the Eucharistic sacrament?

Maybe as an outsider I can offer another perspective. Raised in a Protestant denomination believing in Christ's presence in the sacrament but not partaking Christ's body with the mouth but as ...
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According to the Catholic church, what sin does the husband commit if the wife has aborted?

The husband doesn't sin in that situation, especially if he does all in his power to prevent the wife from killing their baby. It's similar to the scenario if a wife, unbeknownst to the husband, takes ...
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How can we infallibly know that the Catholic Church is infallible?

There's a basic philosophical error here: It isn't necessary to infallibly know that an authority is infallible in order for the authority to be infallible. Math is always correct, but math is hard, ...
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How should I report a priest for promoting sin?

Denounce the priest to his superior, the local bishop. Contact your diocese's office about how to do this; Catholic-Hierarchy provides dioceses' contact info. Discussing one type of abuse of the ...
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How can we infallibly know that the Catholic Church is infallible?

My Roman Catholic logic is this: if God gives to the pope this power about His only Chuch, He might also give him the knowledge to decide the right thing. Thus, it is not a knowledge, only a belief. ...
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Men covering their heads in Catholic churches?

Men head covering in Catholic Churches? While it is customary for men not to wear head coverings in Catholic churches, there exists a few exceptions. Popes, bishops and abbots wear zucchettos and ...
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How can we infallibly know that the Catholic Church is infallible?

How can we infallibly know that the Catholic Church is infallible? Before going on, it is of upmost importance to understand what the Catholic Church teaches about the doctrine of infallibility. This ...
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Does a Roman Catholic need to believe in transubstantiation in order to effectively receive the Eucharistic sacrament?

Does a Roman Catholic need to believe in transubstantiation in order to effectively receive the Eucharistic sacrament? First of all, the doctrine of transubstantiation is an undeniable article of ...
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How can we infallibly know that the Catholic Church is infallible?

Regarding Catholicism vs Orthodoxy I always like to reference historical timelines when discussing these types of conflicts. While the X post which you cited identifies history as fallible (and ...
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Does a Roman Catholic need to believe in transubstantiation in order to effectively receive the Eucharistic sacrament?

No. Transsubstantiation isn't dogma by the way. It is only an acceptable way to think about what happens. What is dogma is not the how, but the what: bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus ...
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How can we infallibly know that the Catholic Church is infallible?

There is no logical philosophical argument that is strong enough to convince someone who is not willing to be convinced. I am a member of the Catholic clergy, so it will come as no surprise that I ...
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Does the Catholic Church recognize Protestant baptism?

Does the Catholic Church recognize Protestant baptism? That will depend on the particular Protestant denomination on was baptized in. The Catholic Church recognizes many baptisms of Protestant ...
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Is it still prevalent among Roman Catholics to believe that Christ's physical body is present in the Eucharist?

Is it still prevalent among Roman Catholics to believe that Christ's physical body is present in the Eucharist? There exists polls that suggest that the majority of Catholics no longer believe in the ...
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If Jesus Christ was born without the original sin, then how could He have died?

A complete answer would have many parts. Here is one part. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of ...
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Where did Pope Benedict XVI want to move the Sign of Peace to in the Mass?

Where did Pope Benedict XVI want to move the Sign of Peace to in the Mass? Pope Benedict XVI was not against the sign of peace in the Mass of Pope Paul VI, but admitted that something had to be done ...
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Where did Pope Benedict XVI want to move the Sign of Peace to in the Mass?

According to the National Catholic Register this was something that came up pretty early in Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate Concerns about the sign of peace were regularly raised during the scheduled ...
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Is it within Catholic teaching or theology, to say that someone MUST wear a Brown Scapular?

Is it within catholic teaching or theology, to say that someone must wear a Brown Scapular? The short answer is no. Like all other private revelations that are worthy of belief, Catholics are not ...
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Is it within Catholic teaching or theology, to say that someone MUST wear a Brown Scapular?

No, all private devotions are simply private devotions. There are about a thousand things that every Catholic needs to do every day. If we actually did all these things, then we probably would bring ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church view Plymouth Brethren baptisms as valid?

After some inquiring, Plymouth Bretheren Baptisms are not valid for a very good reason, heartbreaking as it may be. Thank you for all your answers so far. Plymouth Brethren do not have a written creed,...
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Has any Church Father compared the priest, deacon, and subdeacon in a Solemn High Mass to the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity?

Catholicism has held that the three Persons are Equal.. This is because an unequal Godhead would result in polytheism. Since they are all omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, they have to be ...
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Has any Church Father compared the priest, deacon, and subdeacon in a Solemn High Mass to the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity?

The priest, and only the priest (or bishop being a priest as well) acts in persona Christi. When he does what he does during Mass, the bread is changed in the Body of Christ, the wine is changed in ...
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Why are there a priest, deacon, and subdeacon at a High Mass?

The priest, deacon and subdeacon all have their specific role in the High Mass, you can see the different level of activities reflected by the different hierarchical levels. The subdeacon has only ...
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What is the take of Catholic Church on the dream of Pilate's wife?

According to Venerable Maria of Algreda who wrote The Mystical City of God, which recounts her apparitions of Our Lady who told her basically her life story from preconception to Coronation. This book ...
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What happens if a Pope is unable to continue his duties due to physical or mental illness?

What happens if a Pope is unable to continue his duties due to physical or mental illness? That will depend on the circumstances in which a particular pope finds himself. Being bedridden would not be ...
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Has Madonna ever been excommunicated by the Catholic Church?

Has Madonna ever been excommunicated by the Catholic Church? The short answer is no. Although traditional Catholics would have no scruples in saying that Madonna actually merited being excommunicated ...
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Which lamb in the Old Testament is Jesus equated to?

The New Testament describes Jesus as the ultimate sacrificial lamb of God. Every allusion to the sacrificial goats can be applied to Jesus. However, it is important to distinguish certain different ...
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What happens if a Pope is unable to continue his duties due to physical or mental illness?

An "incapacitated", at the very least, pope, cannot be unwillingly removed from office. I'm not sure about a verbal, bedridden Pope, however, the article What happens to papal power when a ...
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The Meaning of the Term ``Profound Prayer'' as Used by St. Faustina?

It's quite simple - it means "profound prayer". It would seem to me there is no deeper meaning. From dictionary.com, the definition of 'profound' is: "of deep meaning; of great and ...
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Are there official church structures that exist under a Parish in the Catholic Church?

Are there official church structures that exist under a Parish in the Catholic Church? Unfortunately there seem to be no set of ecclesiastical norms that exist in the present state of affairs ...
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Are there official church structures that exist under a Parish in the Catholic Church?

In general, yes, it is very much possible to organize as laity. If you want to see the legal side, try book II of canon law. There may also be some country specific rules. In my country, just as an ...
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Why is Passiontide before Palm Sunday when Christmastide and Eastertide are after their feasts?

Why is Passiontide before Palm Sunday when Christmastide and Eastertide are after their feasts? A complete understanding of some terms needs to be addressed here, as well as a liturgical understanding ...
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Why is Passiontide before Palm Sunday when Christmastide and Eastertide are after their feasts?

And if Palm Sunday is Passion Sunday, why would Passiontide start before it? It wasn't historically. The identification of Palm Sunday with Passion Sunday in Catholic practice only really dates to ...
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What best describes the sort of father St. Joseph was?

The phrase Nutritor Domini is another term used to describe St. Joseph. Foster Father maybe leaves a little too much to the imagination as a Foster Father or Guardian might not be considered as ...
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Do miracles associated with the cause for canonization have to be believed?

Do miracles associated with the cause for canonization have to be believed? The short answer is no. Ultimately the only person who needs to accept a miraculous event as a miracle is the Supreme ...
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