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What happens if the Pope is automatically excommunicated?

As the article here states (linked in the comments), the short answer is that the current legislation of the Church (i.e. the Canon Law) does not foresee such situation to occur. Perhaps it does not ...
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Can a priest act on a confession of molestation?

Canon law is very explicit on this... The priest can't betray the person confessing (983.1) The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in ...
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What's the difference between pastor, parochial administrator and parochial vicar in the Catholic Church?

A pastor is a priest with primary responsibility of the cure of souls over a parish (Canon 519) A parochial vicar (Canon 545) assists the pastor in carrying out those duties, most often due to the ...
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Existence of Catholic Church without hierarchy

Existence of Catholic Church without hierarchy? The short answer is: The Church will continue to exist and move on with lay ministers to teach and preserve the faith. This is what happened in Japan ...
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Existence of Catholic Church without hierarchy

The Church militant will always exist until the end of time. Matthew 16:18: And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail ...
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What happens if the Pope is automatically excommunicated?

A Pope is not subject to canon law Can. 1404 The First See is judged by no one. Canonist Charles Augustine, O.S.B., D.D., comments on the 1917 Code's equivalent canon (can. 1556) in his A ...
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Hierarchy and paid clergy of Jehovah's Witnesses church

The entire organization of Jehovah's Witnesses is funded by voluntary donations. There is no "company" that generates money to pay salaries. Also, most cars that a governing body member gets is ...
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Are men more important then women?

What you referring to is Complementarianism. Complementarianism is a theological view in Christianity [...] that men and women have different but complementary roles and responsibilities in ...
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Provincial Superior as member of religious house

Can a provincial superior be a member of a religious house and therefore under authority of local superior? The short answer is no. A provincial superior of a Religious Order is by virtue of his ...
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What happens if the Pope is automatically excommunicated?

As CIC can. 1331 states, an excommunicated cleric loses the permission to exercise his functions and to celebrate sacraments. So if the pope falls into excommunication latae sententiae (this is the ...
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Do the religious figures leading a particular See of Christianity have a specific title(s) for that office?

The leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria carries the title of Pope. The present incumbent is Pope Tawadros II. Pope Tawadros II (English: Pope Theodore II]) born 4 November 1952, is ...
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Do the religious figures leading a particular See of Christianity have a specific title(s) for that office?

Typically, in Catholicism, in Eastern or Oriental Orthodoxy, and in the Assyrian Church of the East, the highest-ranking bishops of a particular see are given the title Patriarch. The see itself can ...
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Priestly hiring competitions in the Catholic Church

Burkholder's Spaniards in the Colonial Empire says: "...competitive examinations (oposiciones) began in Mexico in 1575. Prior to participating, competitors had to document their limpieza de sangre. ...
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What's the normal term for a Catholic priest that works in a parish under another one?

What's the normal term for a Catholic priest that works in a parish under another one? In Catholic parishes the priest in charge is commonly known as the pastor. He is normally addresses as Father in ...
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Why doesn’t the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod have bishops?

The Lutheran doctrine of the pastoral ministry (popularized by C.F. Walther) is that it is an apostolic office. Technically speaking each senior or sole pastor of a local church is an overseer (i.e. ...
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Existence of Catholic Church without hierarchy

Would catholic church exist? Surely the Catholics surviving the nature catastrophe would continue living their belief and form some organization of some kind. If I understand your question correctly ...
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Existence of Catholic Church without hierarchy

I challenge the premise, because I think a big part of Catholic theology is God will protect his Church from this kind of event. It's not something we have to worry about... that's God's problem, to ...
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Do lay Catholics have any recourse to override the plans of a diocesan Ordinary?

Do lay Catholics have any recourse to override the plans of a diocesan Ordinary? Yes, lay Catholics may appeal to Rome! It is in Canon Law! 1417 §1. By reason of the primacy of the Roman Pontiff, any ...
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What is the biblical basis for the hierarchical system of the Catholic church?

The hierarchy of the Catholic Church strictly speaking refers to Deacons, Priests and Bishops. This is the holy ordering of the church and the Scriptural basis for it can be found at 1 Corinthians 12 ...
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Should a Church call out False Prophets who claim to speak with God's word?

Yes, there is a responsibility for the Church (Body of Christ), to call out and denounce these false prophets. Deuteronomy 18:22 says, "When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the ...
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Why are the functions for man clear in the Catholic Church leading and decisive hierarchy, but there is no corresponding function for women?

The question assumes the woman is just a 'copy and pasted' man, or interchangeable with man, whereas when God took woman out of man, He didn't intend for equality or sameness, because he made a ...
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Are men more important then women?

Starting at the beginning, male and female were both created in the image of God with no indication of inequality. According to Paul, we who are in Christ are not to be distinguished by national or ...
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Style of referring to a cardinal

How does one address a Cardinal? When I grew up, we always referred to a cardinal in a formal way with the salutation as follows (as an Example): His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Tobin. In the seminary ...
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Does a Catholic bishop appoint the Canon priests of his cathedral?

The short answer to this question is possibly. Manner of appointment As only the Holy Father can erect a chapter, so also he alone has power to appoint the individual members of a chapter. ...
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Why are archdeacons (Anglican, Catholic, or Orthodox) called "The Venerable"? What is the origin, in Latin and English, of this title?

Why are archdeacons (Anglican, Catholic, or Orthodox) called “The Venerable”? What is the origin, in Latin and English, of this title? I have yet to find a source where where Catholic or Orthodox ...
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How do Congregationalists explain 1st Tim 1:3 and Titus 1:5?

We can see this structure: The Apostle Paul -> Titus -> elders of every church in Crete. (Titus) The Apostle Paul -> Titus -> elders of the church in Dalmatia. (2 Timothy) The Apostle ...
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