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Bardenhewer's "Patrology" is in my opinion the best introduction to the Church Fathers that is freely available online. It's dense and long but gives a complete account of all the known writers, their works, and significance. Also useful are Tixeront's "Manual of Patrology" and Stearns' "Manual of Patrology". You might also find ...


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The Catholic Church does not deny its involvement in Residential Schools. Nor does it deny the abuses, including the deaths, that took place there. The Catholic orders and organizations responsible for organizing and running the Residential Schools have apologized for doing so. For example, this statement was made in 1991 by the Missionary Oblates of Mary ...


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Who was the first person on record who was killed by a Christian or group of Christians for religious disagreements? Undoubtedly the answer to this question would seem to be lost to history. Nevertheless we can go back into the first few centuries of Christianity for a glimmer of evidence to make an answer. The first person who was murdered by some Christian ...


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To determine what the church believed at the end of the first century isn’t a simple question. Christians will turn to whatever their interpretation of the Bible is and say it was that. If we turn to the early church fathers we’ll find that modern scholars will label them chiliastic. That is an idea related to six thousand years of earth history, such as ...


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The first thing that has to be addressed is the idea of 'unambiguous' evidence. Given standard Trinitarian paraphrase of various passages, even a passage that said "Jesus was a man, and not God" would be ambiguous. First, Trinitarians hold that Jesus is fully man and fully God. So 'Jesus was a man' -> 'Jesus had a fully human nature in the ...


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The Midnight Mass of Christmas in 1943 from the then Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, Los Angeles was included in the film Christmas Holiday starring Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly, released in 1944. Because there is no studio lighting, the sequence is really dark, but they filmed the actual mass.


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What is the oldest recorded filmed Catholic mass? The first complete televised Catholic Mass was on Christmas Eve 1948. Andrew Leach’s answer puts forth a earlier date of 1943, which in a sense is true, but it is not of a complete Catholic Mass and is simply part of the movie: Christmas Holiday! If the Mass within the Christmas Holiday has the act of ...


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