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This is a legitimate question, but the answer cannot be generalized as the question wishes it, because each case is different (see points of consideration #1, #2 and #4 below). Sample Case For the sake of this question let's consider a specific case: a hypothetical regulation for compulsory Covid-19 vaccination: On January 1st, 2021 a USA federal regulation ...


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The answer to your question is further on in the chapter. Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be ...


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"your sticking at the supposed labor or cost of a godly life" I think sticking at here is meant in the sense "To scruple at; to hesitate to accept or believe, to demur to, take exception to, be deterred by" (OED, stick v.1, PV2.1 to stick at) or "To be impeded or brought to a stand at (a difficulty)" (ibid., PV2.2). This sermon was written by Richard Baxter,...


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Short Answer The Holy Ghost and the Light of Christ are closely related and are often used interchangeably, even in scripture. But there are a few important differences. The Holy Ghost, in contrast with the Light of Christ: Is a personage. Directs and prompts us in specific ways according to God's will. Can work through the Light of Christ. Is available to ...


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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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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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Canonically, it would be ordinary for the clergy who have jurisdiction over you to witness on your behalf. This would generally be your parish priest (pastor) or ordinary (diocesan bishop) or their legitimate delegates. A secondary possibility would be a spiritual director who is often neither your pastor nor bishop. For this particular case, there may be ...


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It was different. They looked at Jesus through the symbols and shadows of the sacrifice, nevertheless that is all they were symbols and shadows of the "Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" John 1:29 They were forgiven on credit, while we look back to His sacrifice are forgiven as He now intercedes with us before the Father as the ...


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I suggest you can ask Pope Benedikt XVI directly. You can write to the "Emeritus Pope Benedikt XVI, Secretariat of State, the Apostolic Palace, Vatican State". They DO read and answer all letters, one by one, and will forward it to him. Ratzinger grew up in the National Socialism (Nazi) environment of his home country when he was a teenager (he was born in ...


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It may help you answer your question to read the pericope in its entirety (1 Cor 10:23-33), and the footnotes appended by NET Bible to it. Paul is laboriously (even clumsily) saying that people shouldn't have "questions of conscience" and shouldn't inquire of their own accord whether the meat that is put on the table is from animals sacrificed to ...


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Are Catholics obliged to follow scientific evidence that they find disreputable with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic? The answer seems to be in the negative. But based on the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) guidelines, but the faithful are also bound by government rules and guidelines. The vaccines are a separate matter. Why? The CDF ...


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Short Answer The question is: How can Primacy of conscience be justified (even when wrong) above obeying certain teaching of the Catholic Church? The Catholic church recognizes that people sometimes follows erroneous conscience because of certain ignorance, and therefore differentiates between vincible ignorance (which is blameworthy) and invincible ...


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That The Catholic Church has always held to the primacy of conscience and taught that individuals must follow their consciences even when they are wrong is what Pope Gregory XVI calls, in his encyclical on Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism, Mirari Vos §14, an absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained ...


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"Does an act being intrinsically evil ensure culpability?" No. A person forced to commit an intrinsic evil does not sin because sin requires consent of the will; "every sin is volutary" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica I-II q. 80 a. 1 co.). cf. Prümmer, O.P., Handbook of Moral Theology on human acts.


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There are some who keep track of organizations it would be immoral for Catholics to support: Life Decisions International publishes a List of Boycott Targets and The Boycott Handbook of corporations who donate to the world's largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Children of God for Life keeps track of vaccines that use cells from aborted human ...


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Encyclicals are generally thought to be part of the magisterium. They are not weighted as highly as some other documents, and they certainly are not infallible, but given the lack of a higher teaching authority (a council, a papal ex cathedra exhortation, etc), it seems wise to assent to whatever is in an encyclical. From what I've heard, some theologians ...


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Primacy of Conscience is taught because not to do so would amount to contradictions or else will to power (by elevating the will above reason). Primacy of Conscience simply means the conclusions of the conscience must always be followed. It's important to note that does not mean the actions are good in themselves. Conscience binds but it does not excuse (...


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In Charles Rice's Fifty Question on the Natural Law he asks "How can it be right for the Pope to tell me what the natural law means? Don't I have to follow my conscience?" The TL;DR; answer is "yes, but...", then he dives into principles. I think that is applicable to your question because you're asking why it is always right to follow ...


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Basically, you are asking two separate questions here: Do Catholics have to request a religious exception for matters of conscience from their parish priest? Is there any reason that an individual Catholic shouldn't seek a religious exemption from a member of the clergy who shares their concerns with the nature of the vaccines, even if is not their parish ...


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No Only those things which are prohibited by the Church are prohibited by the Church-- or, put another way, the Church teaches that being fully the sort of Catholic the Church teaches us to be is how to be Catholic, or yet another way, the Church teaches what it teaches, which includes that what it teaches is logically consistent, or another way "Truth ...


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