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There is such a thing as corrective rape that is practiced in parts of Africa, India, and Thailand. However, it is generally rooted in cultural ideas of heteronormativity and is most often used as a form of retribution or punishment for perceived lewdness rather than any specific curative religious ideology. While anything is possible in the world of fringe ...


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There is no Church teaching that specifically regards making jokes about the Sacraments. In fact, the problem is not really in making jokes as such; the problem lies in speaking disrespectfully about the Sacraments. The key to understanding the Church’s attitude is recalling that the Church considers the Sacraments gestures that confer grace—in other words, ...


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The Magisterium has not specifically addressed any of the O.P.'s specific question, but the Church would indeed affirm the fundamental goodness of play activities. The need for play and rest is rooted in the natural law itself, and that idea is the basis of Sabbath rest, as expressed in the Third Commandment of the Decalogue: Remember the Sabbath day, to ...


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When examining your conscience, as a Catholic preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a book like the Handbook of Prayers, you'll hit this bullet point under the First Commandment: Did I endanger my faith by joining or attending meeting of organizations opposed to the Catholic Faith (non-catholic services, the Communist Part, free-masonry, "...


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Is it sinful to watch TV series The Young Pope? Possibly? Go and ask your local pastor if one is in doubt. With a lack of clear papal or Vatican condemnation on the subject of the tv series The Young Pope, each individual Catholic must follow the dictates of his or her conscience in regards to watching this series, aided with the council of a priest or ...


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The quote that follows may be the only direct reference to games, cards and betting in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2413. Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The ...


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