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”And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. - Acts 13:3” The passage does not tell exactly what is the laying of hands. Is it a blessing prayer for their journey or a sacramental ceremony? Let’s take a look on what is says in this commentary below. Fasting and prayer, imposing their hands upon them. By which ...


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Are the teachers and prophets who laid hands on Saul & Barnabas in Acts13:1-3 ordained Bishops? The short answer is no. 13 Now there were in the church which was at Antioch, prophets and doctors, among whom was Barnabas, and Simon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manahen, who was the foster brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. ...


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Yes, you can - as in it is possible - but you must consult with your pastor So now, can you get a Church marriage done for the second marriage?? In my time in the RCIA ministry, I saw any number of cases similiar to what you describe. Have you spoken to a pastor yet? If not, get off the internet and go see the pastor. Each case must be dealt with ...


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Assuming both parties in this case were Catholic at the time of the civil union, they are not validly married by getting a civil marriage only. For the Church to recognize a marriage between two baptized Catholics as valid, the bride and groom must follow canonical form: Can. 1108 §1. Only those marriages are valid which are contracted before the local ...


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Is St. Paul celebrating the Holy Eucharist different from the Holy Mass of the Catholic Church? 20 When you come therefore together into one place, it is not now to eat the Lord's supper. 21 For every one taketh before his own supper to eat. And one indeed is hungry and another is drunk. 22 What, have you not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ...


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Is there one guardian angel for each person? According to the Catholic Church, Tradition, St. Thomas Aquinas and other theologians, the answer is yes. St. Thomas states the following in his Summa Theologiae the following: Whether men are guarded by the angels? According to the plan of Divine Providence, we find that in all things the movable and ...


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Commenting on John 1:31, St. Thomas Aquinas explains "the statement of John the Baptist that he did not know Jesus" by saying that he […] precludes an erroneous conjecture from his testimony. For someone might say that John bore witness to Christ because of his affection for him, coming from a special friendship. And so, excluding this, John says, And ...


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Non-Catholics, being spiritually dead, are also permitted to enter the confessional, but they are obligated to reveal that they are not Catholics. There is no question of receiving Sacramental absolution: that is possible only for members of the Catholic Church. Entry to the Church involves various rites, including formal abjurations of heresies. Of course, ...


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The Pope does not get special treatment in spiritual matters such as Heaven, Hell and Judgement. In other words, if you ask "Would the Pope go to hell if he did this?" the answer will always be the same as "Would a person go to Hell if he/she did this?", assuming other circumstances are the same. As Ken Graham points out, suicide does not automatically ...


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According to Catholicism can one be saved without being water baptized? The Catholic Catechism says, Baptism is birth into new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation. As is the Church herself which we enter by baptism. CCC 1277 The Apostle Paul makes known the gospel under the influence of the Holy Spirit ...


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Baptism is necessary for salvation. Scriptural teaching that baptism is, for salvation, a necessity of means John 3:5: Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Mk. 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not ...


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Mary is the model for the Church and for all Christians: By her complete adherence to the Father's will, to his Son's redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church's model of faith and charity. Thus she is a "preeminent and . . . wholly unique member of the Church"; indeed, she is the "exemplary realization" (...


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The existence of the Church itself is evidence Granted, it's not the strongest piece of evidence, but it's worth mentioning because Protestants and others so often overlook this angle. The Church began with the 12 apostles (or 11 if you don't count Judas) at the Last Supper. They received part of their mandate there, and part of it just before the ...


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Ken Graham’s fulsome answer deals almost entirely with the ‘perpetual virginity’ of Mary but I am concerned to look at the claimed role of Mary in salvation because, whether or not Mary remained a virgin after giving birth to Jesus Christ, your question deals with a biblical doctrine – salvation – whereas there is no biblical doctrine of the perpetual ...


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Everyone who comes to believe that Jesus is God does so because of the revelation that they have available to them, which has varied across history. Some believed because of the miracles that Jesus performed: But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the ...


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I was raised Catholic but no longer am in that tradition, if that qualifies me to answer. All I will offer though is the current understanding I hold regarding the Trinity which has, to this point, best satisfied the ravenous beast of my reason. I will also add that I did not come to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior because of reasoning this out ...


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Why does the Catholic Church not celebrate the Feast of Naming of Jesus? Who says we do not? Those who follow the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, celebrate it under the title of the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, on January 1st, the Octave Day of Christmas. Moreover it also celebrates the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. According to the 1962 ...


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What does the perpetual virginity of Mary add to our salvation? It makes Mary the Mother of the Church and the spiritual Mother of all mankind. The perpetual virginity of Mary is a complement to the redemptive work of her Son, Jesus who is called the Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks thus about Mary’s virginity and motherhood: Mary's ...


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Is faith through Jesus Christ without baptism enough for salvation? Regarding baptism of desire, let the Catechism of the Catholic Church speak for itself: 1259 For catechumens who die before their Baptism, their explicit desire to receive it, together with repentance for their sins, and charity, assures them the salvation that they were not able to ...


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Right expectation of reason & practical use of the Trinity Aquinas's 5 ways is like a lens for reason to apprehend God as much as we are allowed to see with our reason alone. The Chesterton's essay you mentioned is a great defense of Catholicism as a collective mind guarding the truth, which goes beyond reason to produce wisdom for believers, which he ...


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To find out what the Catholic Church thought was a just interest rate you can look at the rates actually used by the Church, since it was the biggest moneylender in Italy and the Spanish empire. The Fifth Council of the Lateran (1512–1517) stated (among other things) that the Church was allowed to charge for administration of credit providers set up for ...


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Is there a 'just interest rate'? The “just rate of interest” is the fair rate of interest which should corresponds to the average gain that those engaged in business may generally expect in a determined centre. According to the Catholic Church, the Catholic Encyclopedia explains it as such: Just rate of interest Even today one can still sin against ...


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Lending and expecting more in return is usury, a sin against justice. Usury condemned Old Testament Leviticus 25:36-7: Take not usury of him nor more than thou gavest. […] Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury: nor exact of him any increase of fruits. New Testament Luke 6:35: love ye your enemies: do good, and lend (mutuum date), hoping ...


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CuriousDannii's answer is quite good, and well researched. I'm adding an answer that is perhaps more conceptual and experiential. Firstly, there's a number of reasons for the Reformation on grounds other than salvation by grace through faith: e.g. originally the abuse of indulgences (not strictly doctrinal), then Papal supremacy, the role of tradition in ...


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Is there a sound doctrine or biblical explanation why Satan is called the “Ape of God”? The Adversary, in waging war against the Almighty, is understood to copy all of his acts and attributes. Popular tradition, moreover, asserts that the Devil, impotent to do anything original, has set his heart on aping everything created by the Deity. Tertullian ...


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I'd like to focus on the following part of your question because it is not answered, yet: If ..., why did the Protestant Reformation happen? This question implies that the main reasons for the separation of the Catholic and the Protestant Church were of religious nature. When learning about Luther's time in history lessons in school here in Germany, we ...


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Does the Catholic canon law say anything about women being priests? Only a validly baptized male may be ordained to the priesthood. Canon Law states the following: Can. 1024 A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly. Can. 1025 §1. To confer the presbyteral or diaconal orders licitly, it is required that the candidate, having ...


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Why is the Notre Dame Cathedral not a Major Basilica? Only the following four basilicas are major basilicas: St. Peter’s Basilica contain the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles himself. St. Paul’s Basilica is the resting place of the relics of the Apostle St. Paul. (These first two basilicas contain the remains of the two Pillars of the Church. Basilica of ...


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There are only 4 Major Basilica's and they're all in Rome. They all have feast days celebrating their dedications (Which might be one less saint to celebrate). They have a special blessing associated with a pilgrimage to each of them (and others, in Rome). Rosaries depicting the 4 major basilicas would be obselete. A better question might be, why isn't ...


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Short answer, another name for the Rosary is the Angelic Psalter. It is a repetition mainly of the words of the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary announcing the Birth of Jesus and the words spoken by St. Elizabeth when Mary visited her shortly before the birth of John the Baptist, when he "leapt in her womb". The reason for its simplicity is that it ...


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Because the Catholic Church doesn't teach that we attain salvation only through the reception of God's grace by faith. That's why the Protestant teaching is called sola fide! The Catholic Catechism says: CCC 2010 Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the ...


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Can. 1024 A baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly. The Code of Canon Law makes it clear that only a male can be ordained validly. This is teaching of the Church going back centuries and most recently outlined by Pope John Paul II in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis The priesthood being only for men doesn't mean women have no role. Not all men are ...


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According to Catholicism, do individual bishops have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility? The short answer on both counts is no. First of all what is indefectibility? Indefectibility Definition Imperishable duration of the Church and her immutability until the end of time. The First Vatican Council declared that the Church ...


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Bishops "infallible when in agreement with the Roman Pontiff they impose on the faithful a doctrine to be held definitively". Sacræ Theologiæ Summa IB p. 198: Bishops, successors of the Apostles, are infallible when in agreement with the Roman Pontiff they impose on the faithful a doctrine to be held definitively, whether in a Council or outside of a ...


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Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat "Imprimatur" is Latin for "let it be printed." An imprimatur is a bishop's permission to print a religious book. The bishop is always the local ordinary of the author who wrote the book. The Catholic Code of Canon Law, canons 822-4, requires pastors to help guide the faithful in their use of social communication and ...


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From Mat. 2:1,2,7 we can gather that they were astrologers (or "magi"), looking for omens in/among the stars. Just as astrology does nowadays, producing the horoscopes that many (have) put their faith in. One of the foremost references to such people in the Hebrew Scriptures can be found in Daniel 2:27, that relates the failure of the wise men, conjurers, ...


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Interestingly, the only time the word medals is mentioned in the ARTICLE 1 - SACRAMENTALS of the CCC is under the Popular Piety section, (italic is mine) Popular piety 1674 Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the ...


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Are you considered to be Catholic? The short answer is no. Finally, each and every Catholic, as also the baptized of every non-Catholic church or denomination who enters into the fullness of the Catholic communion, must retain his own rite wherever he is, must cherish it and observe it to the best of his ability, without prejudice to the right in special ...


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Other than biritual priests, who can "celebrate the liturgy and administer the sacraments in more than one rite," a Catholic belongs to one rite. 1983 Code canon 111 allows parents of different rites to choose which rite to baptize their children in: §1. Through the reception of baptism, the child of parents who belong to the Latin Church is enrolled ...


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Sacramentals are defined in 1917 canons 1144-5 (cf. 1983 canons 1166-7): The Sacramentals are objects or actions resembling the Sacraments which the Church makes use of by way of intercession to obtain especially spiritual effects.[Latin:] Sacramentalia sunt res aut actiones quibus Ecclesia, in aliquam Sacramentorum imitationem, uti solet ad obtinendos ...


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According to Catholicism, what is meant by the Church being indefectible? "Indefectibility"is, according the Catholic (Online) Dictionaryof the Catholic Culture is as follows: Indefectabilty Definition Imperishable duration of the Church and her immutability until the end of time. The First Vatican Council declared that the Church possesses "an ...


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"Indefectibility" is, according to Catholic Dictionary by Fr. John Hardon, S.J., the Imperishable duration of the Church and her immutability until the end of time. The First Vatican Council declared that the Church possesses an invincible stabilityinvictamque stabilitatem and that, being founded upon the Rock, will stand firm ...


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To answer your question... Why does God love us so much and place us above everything after everything we put Him through? This goes to the root of all things - Why did God bother to create man? As this is completely foundational to understanding God's relationship with man, let's go the Catechism #1. God, infinitely perfect and blessed in ...


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Your question brings up two points: 1 - Will all of humanity return to the original state of Adam & Eve? 2 - If so, will this happen before the Second Coming, or after? To answer the first question - humanity is not meant to return to the exact same state of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were created mortal. But because they had the Tree of Life in the ...


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She calls herself a "handmaid" (ancilla, δούλη) in Luke 1:38 and in her Magnificat canticle (Luke 1:48) because she is very humble. Fr. Cornelius à Lapide, S.J., commentates Luke 1:38: Mark the humility, modesty, and resignation of the Virgin, for though saluted by the angel as Mother of God, she calls herself His handmaid, not His mother; handmaid by ...


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