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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

Let us start this answer by pointing out that while churches have stopped in-person meetings "indefinitely" according to the technical usage (which means "for an unknown time period&...
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What is the Biblical basis for civil disobedience, by not wearing a mask in the midst of COVID-19, despite health department rules?

I think the difference between Paul's exhortation to obey civil authorities by paying taxes in Romans and the type of civil disobedience MLK partook in, is that paying taxes to the govt does not ...
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According to Catholic Bioethics are mRNA vaccines a transhumanist slippery slope?

Short answer By its very mechanism, mRNA technology cannot alter our DNA, but an entirely different technology can, such as CRISPR which is a candidate to make mankind resistant chromosomally. ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

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 ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

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 ...
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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

We live in an age where "meeting together" doesn't have to mean face to face services. I noticed in the comments you said: But that depends on getting what is so important about meeting ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

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 ...
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If a sin can be dispensed, is it really a sin?

"If a sin can be dispensed, is it really a sin?" No, a sin which is dispensed of could never be a sin, because a sin is an offense to God, and offending God can never be excused. "Does the Church ...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

Set is an acceptable musical term and doesn't carry as many negative or "performance" overtones as other words may. It can be used of a final production in front of people, a studio session ...
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How would young earth creationist explain Omicron Variants?

Obviously it's a new thing. Since your question hinges on the validity of this statement, it should suffice to address this. First off, YECs don't deny that humans are capable of meddling. There are ...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

the set your set the music set the musical portion of the service the service the praise the worship might all work, depending on your congregation. Comment: If you are playing along with loops/...
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Could a Catholic Church minister distribute communion to the community while churches are closed?

Could a Catholic Church minister distribute communion to the community while churches are closed? The short answer is yes. This will also depend on which diocese one is living in and even which parish ...
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How to suggest more reasonable themes/paradigms for Covid-19 homilies (sermons) to Catholic priests and bishops?

How to suggest more reasonable themes/paradigms for the Covid-19 homilies (sermons) to the Catholic priests and bishops? If you wish, you are always free to email your local ordinary (bishop) with ...
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Can a church pastor prohibit sacraments to people for any reason, other than mortal sin?

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 ...
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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions?

Christians around the world have been forced to meet in secret at various times and places throughout history, and even today there are many countries where Christians must hide to avoid persecution. ...
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According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, when there seems to be no physical or moral good resulting from it?

In the Book of Job, that man's greatest insights into his need for a savior and what that savior needed to do for him came in the midst of his suffering. In my own life, times of suffering have also ...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

We've found ourselves asking a similar question (for context: I lead the music group in an independent evangelic church in the UK). I get around the issue by shifting from using nouns to using verbs. ...
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According to Catholic Bioethics are mRNA vaccines a transhumanist slippery slope?

1 isn't really a question that we can answer. It's speculative. Are current mRNA vaccines a staging ground or first step on a slippery slope? You'd need to show that mRNA vaccines necessarily or at ...
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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

The Reformed Presbyterian group I worship with has eagerly resumed in-person services as soon as it was possible to do so. But services / sermons remain as recordings either for those with Zoom or who ...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

Thinking that the Bible can give a clue for terminologies, I scoured the NLT and the ESV translations for verses related to worship which has music & musicians (see "The Data" section ...
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Is there a good alternative word to “performance” to describe an evangelical worship team's actions?

Is there a good alternative word to ”performance” to describe a music teams actions? An alternative word for “performance”,when used as to a music team’s actions will very according to the Christian ...
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According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, when there seems to be no physical or moral good resulting from it?

This question is part of the Problem of Evil. How can a good God allow bad things to happen to "good" people? Disease is a natural evil, distinct from moral evil. There are two main ...
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Is there a Patron Saint against the coronavirus?

Does the Catholic Church have a “Patron Saint against the pandemic caused by the coronavirus”? This is just so much of a coincidence that it must be stated in the affirmative: Yes, there is a patron ...
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What measures do Catholic dioceses take at Mass during viral outbreaks?

What changes are made at Masses around the world because of outbreaks like the Covid-19/Coronovirus outbreak? In Germany: Since January or February, Holy Water is no longer available near the doors ...
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What measures do Catholic dioceses take at Mass during viral outbreaks?

What measures do Catholic dioceses take at Mass during viral outbreaks? First of all it will depend on the severity of a particular outbreak in a particular geographical location or diocese. For the ...
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If a sin can be dispensed, is it really a sin?

I am trying to supplement Ken Graham's excellent answer because zippy2006 says it has not addressed the core issue posed in the question. My purpose is more of giving perspective, not trying to be ...
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Did God create the coronavirus?

The simple answer is YES. In Christianity, God is the author of life. God creates everything that has life. We need to also remember that coronavirus is just another virus. We might as well ask ...
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Has there been any denominational, official, public push-back against governments declaring in-person worship 'non-essential'?

Yes. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales protested in a letter to the British Prime Minister in November 2020 that worship was essential (with my emphasis in the quote): Much has ...
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Do Catholics have to request a religious exception for matters of conscience from their parish priest?

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 ...
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How do churches that have indefinitely suspended in-person services understand Hebrews 10:25?

Short Answer Paul would have connected the reason for meeting with the reason for "doing church" in the first place, "doing church" being an important practical implication of his ...
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