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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") they have not stopped meeting permanently (the common use of "indefinitely"). There is absolutely an expectation that in-person meetings will ...


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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 violate God's laws. In contrast, oppressing our fellow humans because of race is against God's law of love in Christ Jesus. And we must obey God's laws rather than ...


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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. Furthermore, the role of an mRNA vaccine is ONLY to trigger natural immune system response to create necessary antibodies and memory T cells. The vaccine itself does ...


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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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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 together, and then seeing if that extends to 'meeting together' at a distance by screens. In your quote you include the "what is so important" "...


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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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"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 have the power to declare that something is now a sin which was not previously a sin, and to declare that something is no longer a sin which was previously a sin?"...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 least very plausibly lead to transhumanism. As far as I am aware, mRNA vaccines can't change your genetic code, and that accords with the basic biology I learned ...


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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 like old-fashioned CDs. This is because some vulnerable people (mainly elderly and those with compromised immune systems to begin with) have not yet returned ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 canon lawyer, theologian, liturgist, or procedural expert. "If an obligation that would ordinarily bind under pain of mortal sin can be dispensed with, then ...


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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 why God created the 1918 Spanish flu virus which also killed millions, or why God created the 14th century Bubonic plague bacteria which killed 30-60 percent of ...


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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 been made of the adverse impact on mental health of volunteer and paid carers during this pandemic. Common Worship is an important way of sustaining the ...


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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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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 sermon in Hebrews. Being an eminently flexible and practical pastor, as long as the most important goals of "doing church" are met (which can be ...


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Caveat: I strongly agree with wearing masks, and my own church continues to do so even though it is not required where I live. I am attempting to write this answer based on what I have heard from others, especially when some churches refused to close during lockdown. I very much disagree with the following, but it is an argument I have heard. In some cases, ...


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