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Did Mary "lay hands" on the Apostles in the Upper Room? SHORT ANSWER: The short answer is YES! The Apostles needed the outouring of graces coming from the Holy Spirit the beloved Spouse of Mary the Mediatrix of all graces. She alone as the Soveregn Queen of the Apostles in the absence of Jesus the Eternal High Priest the King can "lay hands" and confer the ...


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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times? The answer is YES, if we accept the number of Popes who had chosen the name of St.Paul as their papal name. Pope Paul I (757–767) Pope Paul II (1464–1471) Pope Paul III (1534–1549) Pope Paul IV (1555–1559) Pope Paul V (1605–1621) ...


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According to Catholicism at the Upper Room, did the Apostles follow the tradition of laying of hands and pouring of oil like the prophet Samuel? After Pentecost; Apostolic Times The laying of hands was practice by the Apostles but the "anointing of oils was mysteriously not mentioned. Laying on of Hands Associated with the Coming of the Holy Spirit ...


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Is celibacy essential to the Catholic priesthood? The short answer is no. Celibacy is not essential to the priesthood. In fact the Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter was married and traditionally had at least one daughter, St. Petronilla. Her feast day is celebrated at the Vatican on May 31. Priests of Catholic Eastern Rites and priests of the Eastern ...


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This depends upon the circumstances, and should follow the same guidelines one would have in administering a reprimand towards another. A person should consider reprimanding another for sin if 1) There is reason to assume that the reprimand will be well taken and will contribute to the good of the person in question. OR 2) If your silence would be seen as ...


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Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent? When he officially gets the go ahead for the conference of Bishops in a particular region or country to do so, the USCCB in this case. First of all this is a question of Church discipline and not Church doctrine. A second point is that it deals with the local church only at the regional ...


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According to Catholicism, can demons force or misguide you into receiving communion? No one (or demon for that matter) can force someone to commit sin. Sin must be freely done and not done during duress. That said, the Devil and his satellites can influence man’s thoughts in order to tempt him to sin. The demons gather strategic intelligence as they ...


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According to Catholicism at the Upper Room, did the Apostles follow the tradition of laying of hands and pouring of oil like the prophet Samuel? The short answer is possibly, but there is no historical evidence that this occurred in the *Upper Room** to substantiate such a notion. One could possibly believe this happened either by deduction or though the ...


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No one can force you to sin, including demons, because sin requires free consent of the will. Addressing "Whether the devil is directly the cause of man's sinning?" (Summa Theologica I-II q. 80 a. 1 co.), St. Thomas Aquinas writes: Sin is an action: so that a thing can be directly the cause of sin, in the same way as anyone is directly the cause of an ...


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Essence of priestly celibacy Celibacy = unmarried, although in this context it can also mean perpetual continence, as priests can be married (and unmarried priests have never been permitted to marry). Besides the practical reasons (which can apply to non-priests, too) of being freed from the solicitudes of married life, not being so tied to worldly ...


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Note : I gave this answer when the question first appeared as a general question. After my answer, the tag 'catholicicsm' was added to the question. There is no evidence whatsoever in scripture that anyone on earth anointed anyone else on earth in the upper room. Jesus promised that : But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon ...


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Unless one is familiar with the Catholic religion, one will find it odd, if not downright sacriligious, to bow down to bread and wine (inanimate objects per the OP). From the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1378: 1378 Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of ...


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Essence of priestly celibacy Celibacy = unmarried, although in this context it can also mean perpetual continence, as priests can be married (and unmarried priests have never been permitted to marry). Besides the practical reasons (which can apply to non-priests, too) of being freed from the solicitudes of married life, not being so tied to worldly ...


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Did Mary lay her hands on all the Apostles in the Upper Room to pour out the Holy Spirit? The short answer is no. Neither Scripture nor Sacred Tradition or the teaching magisterium of the Church tell us that Mary did such a thing. Not even private revelations agree with this. Here is how it transpired according to Acts 2: 1-13: 1When the time for ...


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Are Roman Catholics required at any time to bow down or make obeisance to or kiss statues, images, icons, etc. (i.e., inanimate objects)? The short answer is no. Basically, it is an act of personal interior pious devotion. However this ”no” needs a little more clarity to be understood. Even amongst Catholics there is a great amount of ignorance about this ...


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How tall was Jesus? The apocrypha Do not speak of the height of Jesus, but like the apocrypha the Shroud of Turin is to be considered extra biblical source of possible information. One is free to believe it or not. For those who desire the Shroud of Turin to be a true relic of the Passion and Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ his height was estimated to ...


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Yes, there have been several. Salza & Siscoe's True or False Pope (1st ed.) pp. 7-8: Mirko Fabris (d. 2012), a stand-up comedian from Croatia, was elected by a "Conclave" in 1978 and became "Pope" Krav (his stage name). David Bawden, a seminary drop-out who lives with his mother in a farmhouse in Kansas, was elected "Pope" Michael by six lay people ...


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The primary effect of sacramental confession is deliverance from the death of sin. St. Thomas Aquinas writes (Summa Theologica suppl. q. 10 "Of the Effect of Confession" a. 1 co.): Penance, as a sacrament, is perfected chiefly in confession, because by the latter a man submits to the ministers of the Church, who are the dispensers of the sacraments: for ...


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What is a seminarian suppose to do if his superior commands him to distribute communion regularly and there is no real necessity for him to distribute communion? First of all, let us clarify a few points before we get too involved with this question. As a former seminarian, I know exactly what you are talking about. If a seminarian is simply living in the ...


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(As this is tagged Catholicism) Catholics don't believe that everything in the Bible is to be taken entirely literally. It could have been 3 actual days; it might not have been. However, it foreshadows Jesus' death and Resurrection. He disappeared for 3 days (in His tomb) and on the third day reappeared.


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Detraction & Railing In other words, is it backbiting/detraction (detractio)"the blackening of another's good name by words uttered in secret"—St. Albert the Great, Sum. Theol. II 117, quoted in St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II q. 73 a. 1 arg. 1 or railing/reviling (contumelia)the same, but done openly, to his face (ibid.) to call someone ...


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What is the role of Lucifer in the Heavenly realm? First of all, the Church Fathers do not believe that the name of Lucifer is the proper name of the Devil. However in Catholic tradition the Devil has many names including Lucifer. In any case this question deals with much speculation since the Church has yet to pronounce on anything concerning this subject ...


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According to Catholicism, why did God create men as men rather than as angels? The question is somewhat speculative in nature. But then speculative theology is considered a great tools to help understand things not clearly defined by the Church. Let me start this answer by stating a rather obscure thought regarding the fall of the evil angels called demons ...


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Why did Joseph and Mary take one day's time to realize that Jesus had been left behind at the Temple? As they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their ...


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Luke 2:43-44--and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. As DJClayworth mentioned in his comment above, it may well ...


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The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) is a voluntary association of Catholic hospitals. In 2014, Ron Hamel, the senior ethicist for the CHA, published an article on their website which deals with this question among others. His conclusion is this: Treatment of ectopic pregnancy can take three forms — expectant management, surgical, ...


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Ectopic pregnancies are a classic application of the principle of double effect: The principle that says it is morally allowable to perform an act that has at least two effects, one good and one bad. It may be used under the following conditions: the act to be done must be good in itself or at least morally indifferent; by the act to be done is ...


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The process is called convalidation The diocese of Detroit has a primer on this, which you can read here, but the basics remain the same. The presumption of any marriage is that it is valid unless challenged. (Code of Canon Law). Catholics are obliged to, when they get married, take the effort to ensure that the marriage is sacramental. (Code of Canon ...


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Do Catholics believe in the Old Testament? The short answer is: Absolutely! In fact Catholic bibles include some books not found in other denominations. Canonical by the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church (Deuterocanonical books): Book of Tobit Book of Judith 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees Book of Wisdom Sirach Book of Baruch Additions to Esther Additions ...


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Yes, Catholics must believe in the Old Testament and New Testament, and the God of the Old Testament = Holy Trinity. The heretical Manicheans and Albigensians rejected the Old Testament. The Council of Florence's Cantate Domino (1442), promulgated by Pope Eugene IV, condemns them in part because (DZ 707): they have said that there is one God of the New ...


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This is just to add slightly to Nigel's excellent and informative answer, specifically on the "loophole" allowing More's family to "remain Catholic" (as referred to in the question). At that time no change had been made to the services of the English Church. Loyalty to the pope did not require an English person to stop going to his or her parish church, or ...


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G.K. Chesterton discusses the logical absurdity of pretending to "cancel" a life long vow with a piece of paper from a government in "The Superstition of Divorce". I highly recommend reading or listening to (free on Librivox) this short book. Disclaimer, I am not Catholic, but try to study their positions seriously. I think a friendly outside perspective ...


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The devil and his demons are are angels (immaterial/incorporeal intelligent beings). Angels do not occupy a place in the same sense bodily beings do. Angels are said to be in a place by the action they can produce on material things: St. Thomas Aquinas, addressing "Whether an angel is in a place?" (Summa Theologica I q. 52 a. 1) co., writes: It is ...


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The According to Catholicism, it it possible for Satan and/or his satellites to roam the earth, while still being in hell? The short answer is yes. When not in hell proper, they take hell with them. The demon when not in hell take their interior torments of hell with them. So too the angels that come to our side to protect us are always in the state of ...


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From the Blog of Archdiocese of Washington: Thus, though consigned to Hell, it would seem that some or all of the demons have the ability to roam the earth as well. Demons, however, do not have bodies and thus do not “roam the earth” the way we do. Their “roaming” is more an indication of their capacity to influence than their ability to move from ...


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Did Christ open the Door of Hell after he preached the Gospel in the realm of the dead? The short answer is no. History sees the work of evil (Satan and his satellites) throughout salvation history and into our modern times. How could Christ has already closed it? Satan runs somewhat freely from the times of Genesis until now. The demons have seemingly ...


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According to Sir Thomas More: Biography, Facts and Information and according to The last letter of Sir Thomas More, 1535 the Act of Succession was that which began the events leading to More's execution. It was the Act of Succession, passed the following month, that sealed his fate. It stated that all who were called upon must take an oath acknowledging ...


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What part do Monks play in the Christian church? This is a great question and one that I was unaware had been posted before; otherwise I would have answered it before now. It is more the up to the individual who joins a particular monastery is fit for them. Each monastery has a unique chrism and gifts they offer to the Church. Monks live their lives ...


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The Catechism of the Catholic Church has the following to say about consecrated life in general (i.e. professing vows to live in a more dedicated expression of faith, as with friars, monks, sisters, and nuns). Emphasis mine: 916 The state of consecrated life is thus one way of experiencing a "more intimate" consecration, rooted in Baptism and dedicated ...


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According to Catholicism and Revelation are we going to be able to eat meat in Heaven or the Garden of Eden? Interesting question as it deals with two separate locations in one question. We might eat in heaven and the Prophets Elijah and Enoch might also eat in the Garden of Eden, but meat would not be found in either. First of all we can suppress the ...


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St. Alphonsus of Liguori argues in Glories of Mary p. 484 that she valued her virginity more than being a mother, but she valued doing God's will above all: An author* says, that so much did the Blessed Virgin love this virtue [of virginity], that, to preserve it, she would have been willing to have renounced even the Dignity of Mother of God. This we may ...


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Can a Catholic hold the position that some sodomite priests should be punished by the death penalty? One could imagine that this would go the same for pedophile priests! What a wonderful can of worms this question is about open! This answer does not reflect the opinion of the one answering this post. At a moral perspective, a Catholic could hold such a ...


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In his Book of Gomorrah, the Doctor of the Church St. Peter Damian notes the severe penalties historically attached to such offenses in the Scriptures as well as the canons of Church councils, and argues that such penalties should be even stronger for members of the clergy, who are to be held to a higher standard than the laity. The strongest punishments ...


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Looking back many decades ago when I was a computer science student like yourself I was under the same predicament. I didn't see the fallacy of my concern, that I put too much emphasis on matters of secondary importance, i.e. my incomplete and subjective theological, historical, and philosophical understanding of the Christian faith and institutions. I was ...


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Very simply put, your assumption here is wrong: ... founded by Jesus Christ, and outside of which there is no salvation. Similarly numerous Protestant groups claim that if you don't adhere to their interpretations of scripture, you're most certainly hellbound. Salvation is in Jesus Christ, not the church. As a result of sin, everything on this earth ...


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“well our saints perform miracles, and I’ve witnessed some of these miracles,” because the same holds true in Roman Catholicism, Oriental Orthodoxy, Assyrian Orthodoxy, and even non-Christian religions, and they can’t all be right. Thus you ought to have noticed that what is a saving faith is very broad compared to the denominations. I am Protestant and I ...


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These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 KJV There is a simple way to know which church to follow and if it teaches based on the scriptures: Scriptures teaches Salvation through faith in Christ (Rom 10:9-10) ...


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All forms of Christianity have to, at some point, base their beliefs in the Bible. If the Bible isn't true, then why are you bothering with any of its tenets, etc? And my problem is this: why must I become a historical and theological scholar to believe in Jesus? You don't need a theological degree to read the Bible. Indeed, most of its teachings are ...


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I think that there's really only one thing you can do: ask God to guide you and help you find the truth and then follow whatever thoughts and feelings He gives you. That should include to some degree doing your homework of studying scripture and trying to align yourself to people and organizations that fit your best understanding of God's will. At the same ...


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I understand your plight completely, as I underwent it myself some years ago. I would hear a person say something, but then recall scripture that says completely otherwise. How can we really trust any man whatsoever to give us the truth? How do we know we are not being deceived or misled? The answer is that you can't, there is no man alive today that you ...


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