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What is the Catholic Church's answer to Nancy Pelosi's argument of a double standard between abortion and the death penalty?

The Catholic Church's stance on the death penalty, as on many other issues, is not static. Cardinal Ratzinger, known as a conservative scholar (which earned him applause from conservatives and ...
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What happens if the Pope is automatically excommunicated?

As the article here states (linked in the comments), the short answer is that the current legislation of the Church (i.e. the Canon Law) does not foresee such situation to occur. Perhaps it does not ...
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Since St. Irenaeus was not a Trinitarian was/is he damned?

By its very nature, a dogma1 makes its deniers officially heretics (ipso facto at the least) only because of its dogmatic, unequivocal nature as taught unambiguously as the faith of the Church, by ...
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Excommunicated Nazis?

Have any members of the Nazi party under Adolf Hitler (including Hitler) ever been excommunicated from the Catholic Church? Hitler may not have been named, but yes he was excommunicated from the ...
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In the Catholic Church, is there specific canon law on voluntary excommunication?

There is no such thing as voluntary excommunication, in the strict sense of excommunication. There's a good answer by AthanasiusOfAlex which explains the purpose of excommunication; I'll restrict this ...
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What are the conditions for removing excommunication of a married priest?

If a man is ordained, he is unable to validly marry in the Church: Those in sacred orders invalidly attempt marriage. (Code of Canon Law, canon 1087) But he is not (as AthanasiusOfAlex points out)...
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Are politicians who are integral to passing pro-abortion laws automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church?

Excommunication is not exactly the same as recognizing grave matter. Excommunications can't simply be overturned by going to confession. A politician who votes for evil laws, like expanding people'...
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If and When a Catholic Priest May Reveal Something from a Penitent's Confession

If and When a Priest May Reveal Something from a Penitent's Confession? A priest may ask the penitent to seek advice from another confessor. However the identity of the penitent must never be ...
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Could a Christian remain in the sect of the Pharisees?

What biblical evidence there is, suggests that there may have been a small window in history (~30-35 years) when this was indeed possible. As well as the verse you've already cited, the Apostle Paul ...
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What happens if the Pope is automatically excommunicated?

A Pope is not subject to canon law Can. 1404 The First See is judged by no one. Canonist Charles Augustine, O.S.B., D.D., comments on the 1917 Code's equivalent canon (can. 1556) in his A ...
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In the Catholic Church, can archbishops excommunicate people?

About this, Wikipedia states: Excommunication is either a jure (by law) or ab homine (by judicial act of man, i.e. by a judge). The first is provided by the law itself, which declares that whosoever ...
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Has Madonna ever been excommunicated by the Catholic Church?

There are a few actions which, by canon law, cause a lay person to be excommunicated in and of themselves: public declaration (usually repeatedly and by a prominent figure) that one rejects the ...
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Automatic Excommunication in 1967?

Back in 1967, the 1917 Code of Canon Law still in effect. Divorce alone was never a cause for excommunication. This remains in force even in the 1982 Code of Canon Law. The 1917 Code did allow for the ...
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Has any formerly excommunicated person ever been canonized as a saint in Catholicism?

Some saints were accused of heresy. St. Alphonsus of Liguori, discussing the patience of persecuted saints, writes (True Spouse of Jesus Christ ch. 13, §3, EPUB ref:839.48): All the saints have been ...
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Tithing and excommunication question (LDS)

"Those who pay tithing do not do so under the duress of legal compulsion. No one is disfellowshipped or excommunicated because he fails to pay." —Gorden B. Hinkley, "My Testimony", ...
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When and for what reasons does the Pope have the right to legitimately excommunicate members of the Church?

One must be tried and judged guilty to incur a ferendæ sententiæ excommunication. In that quote you give, where it says "I forbid under the pain of excommunication…," this refers to the ...
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In LDS church, what is the difference between formal probation, disfellowshipment, and excommunication

Probation is an action taken by a church leader or council that limits some privileges of church membership. Not all probation is negative; quite often, it is merely counsel to attend the temple more, ...
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What are the conditions for removing excommunication of a married priest?

There are a number of issues discussed in this post. Excommunication is not incurred for attempted but invalid marriage First of all, a priest who attempts to marry does not incur a latae sententiae ...
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Since St. Irenaeus was not a Trinitarian was/is he damned?

Irenaeus became the bishop of Lyons about 178 AD. There are two major works by him known to us: Against Heresies and Proof of the Apostolic Preaching The purpose of this article is to discuss ...
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Can a baby's baptism be nullified and redone the proper way, according to Catholic Canon Law?

Validity of Baptisms All that is required for a valid baptism (which cannot, due to its fundamental nature, be undone, or invalidated, by anyone, no matter who they are or whatever their rank in the ...
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Is a Catholic who belongs to a political party that supports sins in its party platform excommunicated?

No. A Catholic belonging to a party that supports sin in a broad sense in its party platform is not excommunicated. A Catholic who belongs to a Socialist, Communist, Nihilist or Freemasonic group (or ...
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Since St. Irenaeus was not a Trinitarian was/is he damned?

Irenaeus was born circa. 130 and died about 200 A.D. Athanasius lived 293 - 373 A.D. That, in itself, would explain why Irenaeus could not come under the Athanasian curses in the Creed, because ...
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Since St. Irenaeus was not a Trinitarian was/is he damned?

Irenaeus was a trinitarian. The citation provided in the OP simply misunderstands Irenaeus' thoughts and words. And through the Word Himself who had been made visible and palpable, was the Father ...
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What happens if the Pope is automatically excommunicated?

As CIC can. 1331 states, an excommunicated cleric loses the permission to exercise his functions and to celebrate sacraments. So if the pope falls into excommunication latae sententiae (this is the ...
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In the Catholic Church, is there specific canon law on voluntary excommunication?

St. Thomas Aquinas addresses the question of "Whether a man can excommunicate himself, his equal, or his superior?" in his Summa Theologica suppl. q. 22 a. 4 c.: Since, by jurisdiction, a man is ...
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Would a JW be disfellowshipped if they join a military (and are unrepentant about it)?

This obviously doesn't get into the difficulty for a service member to actually get out of the service in any rapid way, even for the repentant JW. However, through my studies and conversations with ...
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