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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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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. This is certainly a violation of canon law. ...


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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/tracks/Ableton, aiming to reproduce the recorded version of songs, then there may not be a way to avoid it "feeling like a production."


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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 (session is another good possibility), or rehearsal. Much more important than the labels we attach, (is it congregation or audience?), is what we are doing ...


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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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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 one in living in within a particular diocese. For example in my home Archdiocese of Vancouver, the archbishop has outlined rules for outdoor drive-in mass and ...


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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. Different countries have different levels of religious freedom. In the United States, we have a constitutional guarantee that the federal government will not ...


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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 pushed me to deeper understanding of my failings, need for change, and drove me to seek God. Are there people in the world today who are finding in COVID-19 a ...


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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. Usually, the music group would be "leading the singing", but since the congregation (in the building) cannot sing, I've started using the word "...


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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 below). My findings There are singers and choirs. The instruments are harp, lyre, trumpets, cymbals, and tambourines. Other participants include: choir leader/...


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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 community involved. Modern terms like a musical interlude may seem applicable to some Christian denominations, but not most. In days of old when monks, chanted ...


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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 reasons for this from Catholic teaching. Consequences of Original Sin. Because of man's willful opposition to God, he doesn't owe us an escape from all suffering. ...


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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 saint against pandemics and her name is St. Corona. We have a new reason to hope! Patron saints can be established at any moment, when there is a great need or ...


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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 your suggestions and concerns. Sometime you may get a reply and sometimes you will not. Any letter, it should be tempered with genuine charity and love for saving ...


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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 of the Church because of Corona (*). Until January, the faithful were shaking the hands with next persons when "may the peace with you" was said after ...


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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 most part, a particular national conferences of bishops would make up some general guidelines for a particular ecclesiastical region. Nevertheless a local ...


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I'm in England. "The Catholic Church in England and Wales has issued national guidelines" (BBC, 2020-03-05). Do not rely on my answer for safety advice. The latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines are available online, from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. I quote Version 3 (2020-03-09). At this time it says we are officially at ...


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It is obvious by the text that the Holy Father is encouraging the faithful to recite both prayers at the end of the Rosary. However, the pope is simply making this a recommendation in order to help end the pandemic of the covid-19 situation. The faithful may say one or the other, maybe even both of them or neither one at all. Some are already praying the ...


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Why is God allowing COVID-19, knowing that many deaths are involved and many, many more are constantly getting sick. Why did God permit the Black Death plague? Or the Spanish Flu pandemic? This is neither the first nor the last time a widespread outbreak of a disease will occur. The theological question though is essentially the same. No moral or physical ...


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This issue affects all Christians where the state has issued restrictions on worship due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A non-denominational group that serves all Christians on legal issues sent out their newsletter ( http://www.christian.org.uk ) which pointed out that “the clear aim of the central and devolved governments has been to save lives. This is a ...


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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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The key in avoiding a "performance" is that a performer is someone who is doing something purely for the benefit of others. A performer might be compensated in some fashion, but that's not the same thing. Performers are trying to entertain an audience, and that does not include themselves. The word you need here is "worship". When you go ...


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Giving the Bible the once-over it seems your apprehension at the word performance as used for an artistic production is well founded perform performance performed performing performs There's lots of performing good works and miracles and things like that, but the only one who performs an artistic work is Herodias, and that ended unpleasantly. This may not ...


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Do Christians foresee contradicting Government requirements in prolonged 'lockdown' conditions? It is obvious that some individuals will contradict government requirements in prolonged lockdown situations and that will more than likely involve a few Christians of various creeds. One thing is for sure. For Catholics, it is frowned upon, as Pope Francis has ...


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Does the parish priest have the authority to forbid communion in the mouth due to COVID pandemic? The short answer is no. But there is a caveat to my response, which I am sure will not go down smooth with some of those who are very traditional. A priest, of his own accord, can not refuse to give any faithful communion on the tongue and require that they ...


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According to the Book of Saints (page 717), Saint Thomas of Antioch (d.782), a Syrian monk, was patron against epidemics. His veneration however has not being approved and was removed from the 2004 version of the Roman Martyrology.


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According to Catholicism, is it permitted for a priest to employ the Benedictio Deprecatoris prayer to stop the spread of the coronavirus? That will depend on two things. The local ordinary (bishop) will have to accord the permission to a priest to employ this prayer if the priest in question is to use the older Tridentine ritual. It will depend on ...


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The exorcism prayer begins (Roman Ritual vol. 3 p. 164, PDF p. 1272): Exorcízo vos pestíferos (-as) mures (vel locustas, vel bruehos, vel vermes, vel alia animalia), per Deum ✠ Patrem omnipoténtem…I exorcize you pestiferous mice (or locusts, or grasshoppers, or worms, or any other animal), through God ✠ the Father Almighty… The English (bottom of page ...


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The answer is, unequivocally, 'Yes'. After we all receive our COVID-19 vaccines and we attend Mass in person again, there will be a huge backlog of intentions for those who suffered illness and death during the quarantine. Churches and God the Father will respect all of these intentions both presently and retroactively. The Bible teaches us that every human ...


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