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These verses need to be understood in the greater context of the New Testament. In isolation, they could be misconstrued as denigrating marriage, which they certainly do not. Best modern exegesis on 1 Cor. 7:32-33: Ernest Bernard Allo, O.P. (1873-1945), Saint Paul: Première épître aux Corinthiens (1934), pp. 181-83. "is divided" The Greek verb ...


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Sinlessness of Mary? It is true that according to Catholicism, Mary is believed to be immaculately conceived and did not commit any real person sin, but these graces did not preserve Mary from being tempted to sin. Jesus himself was tempted in the ways men are; then logic tells us that his Mother would have been equally tempted as men are. For we have not a ...


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Œuvres (vol. 1): Controverses, p. CXL, cites it as: Sanders Nicolas, professeur de théologie à Louvain[professor of theology at Leuven] (1527-1583).     De visibili monarchi Ecclesiae libri octo[On the Visible Monarchy in Eight Books], Lovanii, 1571 There doesn't appear to be an English translation.


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The Catholic Church teaches that Mary's immaculate conception was made possible by Christ's sacrifice --- just like any graces that we get. Specifically, the decree "Ineffabilis Deus", in which Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the immaculate conception, states the dogma as follows: "The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her ...


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Membership in the Catholic Church In Joseph Ratzinger's 1986 article, "The Ecclesiology of The Second Vatican Council," he says: A first important point was the dispute about membership in the Church which resulted following the encyclical on the mystical body of Christ which Pius XII had published on 29 June 1943. He had declared at that time ...


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Jesus body? Earth was the same body as all of us! From the dust of the ground was his flest taken. Jesus as a child was like all other children.For a time. HE CHRIST return to God! His flesh did not! Can you see our flesh is space? Then we knew nothing of how massive universities, Stars and planets, we can not see. Christ returned to his father. As we ...


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The phrase you quoted is part of what Jesus said to His apostles at the Last Supper, when He instituted the Eucharist. The part about "shed for the forgiveness of sins" is Jesus's prediction of what was going to happen the next day at Calvary.


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He ascended body and soul into heaven. Catechism of the Council of Trent (eBook) on Article 6 of the Creed, "He ascended into heaven…": First Part of this Article: "He Ascended into Heaven" With regard, then, to the exposition of this sixth Article, which has reference principally to this divine mystery, we shall begin with its first ...


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How has the Chinese Patriotic Society modified the Bible in China? As far as any Christian denomination is concerned, China is a messy affair when it comes to Christianity in general. Believers are persecuted, arrested and often sentenced to prison without trial. The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association in China would have to follow all the directives of ...


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I have not found anything regarding the Chinese Patriotic Society but there are reports that Xi Jinping has done as you suggest : Catholic churches were torn down or denuded of their crosses and statues. Images of the Madonna and Child replaced with pictures of “People’s Leader” Xi Jinping. Signs posted outside evangelical churches forbidding anyone under ...


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To answer this question properly, we need to define what the clerical sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church is. I see two primary layers: (1) that clerics sexually abused children and minors, and (2) bishops covered-up this abuse, protecting priests from legal consequences, and frequently enabling them to continue abusing. It is my argument that only ...


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Remarriage in New Testament St. Paul says it's better for widows (as for virgins, too) to remain unmarried: 1Cor 7:27 Art thou bound to a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife* [i.e., a widow]? Seek not a wife. *by either death of the spouse or separation But he does not prohibit widows from remarrying: 1Cor 7:28 But if thou take a wife,...


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I don't think clerical abuse is new. Anytime a fallen human is given power they often use that power for sin. Indeed pride can also be vice that prevents those in power to administer justice or protect the vulnerable. Woven into your comment, however, seems to be a presupposition that the RCC is prone or certain seminaries are prone to abuse more than ...


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In the case of Lazarus, Jesus commands them to roll back the stone. Lazarus is returned to life and walks out. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. ... Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus ...


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That the Angel sat upon the stone on rolling it back (Mtt 28:2) is sufficient to prove that the Resurrection of Christ had already taken place; if it had not, the Angel would have stood in reverence. As for the seal, it was not intended to strengthen the closed entrance, as much as to serve as a check on the guards themselves, lest they be bribed by the ...


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The percentage of Catholic priests who indulge in sexual abuse may not be on higher side compared with that of doctors, teachers , policemen et al who have direct interaction with their clients in fiduciary capacity or otherwise. But unfortunately, the news value of alleged abuse by Catholic priests is much more than the other cases put together. The ...


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Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic priests who were accused of sexual abuse in the USA? I remember when this sexual abuse scandal first hit the Church. At that time, I was living in the USA and asked several higher ranking churchmen where the majority of abusive priests were coming from? The only answer I got was St. ...


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Chicago Cardinal Bernadin's seminary appointments and episcopal consecrations produced much rotten fruit. Randy Engel, Rite of Sodomy: Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church (vol. 4) p. 473: Auxiliary Bishop John G. Vlazny was one of Bernardin’s earliest appointments after Bernardin took over the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 1987, Bernardin helped Vlazny ...


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Mt. 27:66 And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting guards. On this verse, Cornelius à Lapide, S.J., Commentary on Matthew 22-28: They sealed it with a signet, not Pilate’s, as S. Chrysostom suggests, but with their own, i.e., with the signet of the city of Jerusalem, or of the Sanhedrim, so that the stone could not be ...


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The answer to your question is Mgr. Guido Marini. Unfortunately, he is not a Cardinal or even a Bishop. Mgr. Guido Marini is the Papal Master of Ceremonies also known as the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations. The title was once known as the Priest Assistant in the days of old. Guido Marini (born 31 January 1965) is an Italian priest of the ...


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Is predestination a Catholic doctrine? If so, how does the Catholic Church harmonise the doctrine of predestination against freewill? The simple answer is YES. The Catholic understanding of predestination or divine election encompasses man’s free-will response in accepting God’s gift of eternal salvation. As Augustine, the great Father and Doctor of the ...


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There is no unique argument from the Catholic Church about those objections, but being myself a Catholic I will offer mine. Since IMV this argument has nothing specifically Catholic about it, I will speak just as a Christian. Sure enough, many Christians may disagree with this answer, particularly with the work on the epistemological foundation. Core of the ...


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Who are the 144,000 according to the Roman Catholic Church? 7 After these things, I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that they should not blow upon the earth, nor upon the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the sign of the living God; and ...


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From the Catholic perspective it means the whole church. It is 12 times 12 (12 tribes of Israels and 12 apostles, representing the whole church) times 1000, meaning a lot. Hence: All.


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Jesus gave us a good example in following the commandments, he honoured his father and mother by obeying them. At the Wedding Feast of Cana when they ran out of wine Mary commanded her son to help them (John 2:1-11), when he protested that it wasn't his time, she ignored the statement and told the staff to do whatever he commanded. He then turned the water ...


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In Catholic art and imagery how is hell symbolized? In Catholic imagery hell is symbolized with the Labyrinth. The labyrinth can equally symbolize other things also. Background: In Greek mythology, King Minos of Crete defeated King Aegeus of Athens and threatened to destroy his country unless, every nine years, he sacrificed seven boys and seven girls to ...


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How does one know if God is calling him to be a priest? All that D.J. Clayworth has posted in his answer is correct, yet it is somewhat incomplete. Having been in a seminary for a number of years myself, I can say that the time in the seminary itself is simply a time of discernment for both the the individual and the Church. The vocation to the priesthood is ...


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The Council of Trent, session 23 on Holy Orders, can. 1 calls the ministerial priesthood (≠ universal/common priesthood or priesthood of the faithful) in the New Testament a visible and external priesthood (sacerdotium visibile et externum) Pope Pius XII, in Mediator Dei §83, calls it a hierarchical priesthood (hierarchicum sacerdotium)


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Yes they are called Mass Readings, you can can see what is available on most Parish or Diocesan websites. Here is a link to the US Bishops site, giving the readings for today (it will update each day)... https://bible.usccb.org/daily-bible-reading


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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin? Yes, the Pandemic, is the perfect example as it prohibits the Mass goers to attand Sacrament of the Holy Mass in full capacity of the Church, even if one is pious and have no mortal sin. The Church since the start of pandemic last year prohibits the faithful to attend ...


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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin? The short answer is no. This is bared out in Geremia’s answer. Can. 980 If the confessor has no doubt about the disposition of the penitent, and the penitent seeks absolution, absolution is to be neither refused nor deferred. Difficult times and situations bring out ...


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According to Pope Francis Mary is not only the bridge joining us to God; she is more. She is the road that God travelled to reach us, and the road that we must travel in order to reach him. Pope Francis like Pope St. John Paul II famous "Totus Tuus" originated from the Total Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary written by St. Louis-Marie ...


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As in most such cases: It depends on the context and is complicated. The relevant norms of the CIC are: Can. 213 The Christian faithful have the right to receive assistance from the sacred pastors out of the spiritual goods of the Church, especially the word of God and the sacraments. Can. 980 If the confessor has no doubt about the disposition of the ...


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Absolution cannot be denied for truly penitent sinners: 1980 Code can. 980If the confessor has no doubt about the disposition of the penitent, and the penitent seeks absolution, absolution is to be neither refused nor deferred.


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I don't know if this is a valid answer to your questions since you asked for affirmative explanations, however, I must answer in the negative. I believe the Bible only supports the class action lawsuit view as it clearly states that Christ died to sin once for all: Hebrews 7:27 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for ...


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There are at least two reason (more reasons previously shown above) that ensoulment is at conception… Since an unborn baby is alive then it must necessarily have a soul because the soul is the animating force of the body. "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." Psalm 51:5. This is a reference to original sin at ...


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What are the origins that lead Pope St. Pius X in 1906 to approve the prayer invocation: “Mary Virgin Priest, pray for us”? Prior to Pope Pius X’s approval to this invocation, Blessed Pope Pius IX had manifested his approval of the same title in a letter addressed to Msgr Oswald Van den Berghe, author of Marie et le Sacerdoce. Marked by the priestly piety ...


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Are Catholics not supposed to pray the St. Michael Prayer? It is only forbidden for the laity to recite it, when actually associated with solemn exorcisms which can only be said by certain qualified Catholic priests. Not only do I pray this beautiful prayer often. There is no interdiction to its use unless it is associated with a major exorcism which can ...


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Has the Lord handed over the souls of the redeemed to St Michael? Tibi trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna felicitáte locamdas. Here follows the Church’s translation taken from the Exorcismus in Satanam et Angelos Apostaticos (page 40) of Rituale Romanum: To thee the Lord has entrusted the service of leading the souls of the redeemed into ...


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Does Total Consecration to Mary imply a supernatural wisdom? The answer is Yes. One excellent example is St.John the beloved Apostle. Among the writers of the gospel, only St.John exemplifies a mystical narration of who Jesus is. The other gospel writers simply narrates what they witness and heard, but St.John transcends it.St.John the beloved Apostle ...


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No, your translation is correct. While I know of no tradition about this specifically (nor can find one), there is a possible Biblical basis for the concept (the Bible is technically a part of, and not separate from, tradition). We read in Revelation 12 of the spiritual war in heaven between the devil and "his angels," and Michael and "his ...


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What is the Biblical basis for Mary being the Tree of Life? Mary Visits Elizabeth 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43And why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord ...


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What is the Biblical basis for Mary being the Tree of Life? This is a metaphor for Mary. Christ is the source of our salvation and our eternal life. Mary is the one that bore Jesus into the world. Thus Mary is the Tree that produced the Fruit which (who) is no other than Jesus of Nazareth, who is called the Christ! Catholics believe in the Eucharist! Thus ...


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What is the Biblical Basis for God the Holy Spirit having a spouse? This is a metaphor for the Virgin Mary as having been espoused by the Holy Spirit as she became pregnant through the overshadowing of the Paraclete. The best place to start is at the Annunciation. 26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called ...


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Exegetical Commentary on the [1983] Code of Canon Law (PDF pp. 3271-2) describes what obsequium* religiosum means: *p. 916 (PDF p. 948) of New Commentary on the [1983] Code of Canon Law: "An exact translation of obsequium is difficult, but 'submission' is not the best one because it exaggerates the force of the Latin. Such English terms as 'respect,' '...


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Volume 3 (of 5) of the Exegetical Commentary on the [1983] Code of Canon Law (PDF pp. 3269-70) elucidates the "authentic magisterium" that appeared, from Lumen Gentium §25, in 1983 Code Can. 752Although not an assent of faith, a religious submission of the intellect and will (religiosum tamen intellectus et voluntatis obsequium) must be given to a ...


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Does Total Consecration to Mary imply a supernatural wisdom? Generally speaking I believe it does imply a supernatural wisdom coming from God. The Total Consecration to Mary of Pope St. John Paul II is based on the works of St. Louis de Montfort, notably True Devotion to Mary, which he often mentioned in various talks and communications. St. Louis de ...


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Why did Pope Francis raise the minimum age for being granted 'Monsignor' from 35 to 65 years? 1.) Why did Pope Francis raise that minimum age from 35 to 65 years? 2.) Did Pope Francis revoke that title to priests who have been granted before that new rule and who are, at that date, less than 65 years old? For the first question, Pope Francis raised the ...


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Why do bishops (catholic) in some dioceses say that the Pope is outdated and ignoring scripture by refusing same-sex couples the sacrament of marriage ... I don't know if this is simply a misunderstanding: I'm living in Germany (just like the Bishop mentioned in your link) and last week I was talking to other people of my parish. It turned out that (the ...


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What is the most important tradition in the Catholic Church? The important Tradition is the Seven Sacraments as it is the Church instituted means to attain salvation of souls. Seven sacraments of the Catholic Church The Catholic Church teaches that there are seven sacraments or rites through which God can communicate his grace to an individual. Catholic ...


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