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Was Jesus Christ a refugee?

Was Jesus Christ a refugee? By definition, Jesus was in fact a refugee for several months or years? In fact the whole Holy Family were refugees when they fled to Egypt in order to flee from Herod the ...
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Is abortion okay, if the mother's life is at risk, according to Catholicism?

In Catholic morality, abortion is always wrong. Another principle is that intention is primary: it's about saving lives. When in saving the mother's life and reasonable care has been done for the ...
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Is abortion okay, if the mother's life is at risk, according to Catholicism?

Is abortion ok if the mother's life is at risk according to Catholicism? Generally speaking, the short answer is no, unless the surgery would be absolutely necessary and the death of the infant would ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2416: Animals deserve kindness as they are God's creation and under His care. Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

It's one of the 10 commandments: Thou shalt not commit adultery (see Exodus 20:14) The 18th chapter of Leviticus is devoted to condemning all manner of other sexual sins, lest any seek for loopholes ...
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Was Jesus Christ a refugee?

Yes, Jesus was a refugee multiple times. 1. Egypt If you're forced to leave your home in the middle of the night (Matt. 2:14) because the government wants to kill you (Matt. 2:16), and you have to ...
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Was Jesus Christ a refugee?

Because Jesus never left the Roman empire (that we know of), the most technically correct term to use in modern English would be internally displaced person: An internally displaced person (IDP) is ...
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Can financial incentives be used to make converts?

Theodore de Beza was a close friend of, and collaborator with, Calvin. When Calvin died, in 1564, he became his successor as the spiritual leader of the Republic of Geneva. Although Beza was not ...
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Can Christians have a right to defend themselves?

"Turn the other cheek" is an extremely misunderstood piece of scripture. In this and surrounding verses, Jesus lists examples of humiliations that could perfectly legally be imposed on his ...
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Can Christians have a right to defend themselves?

In Matthew 5:9 Jesus uses the word ῤαπίζω, rhapizo, Strong 4474 meaning to 'slap the face' or 'box the ears' as might happen in a rather mild assault. In this case, Jesus says to turn the other cheek. ...
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What is the Catholic teaching on the use of animals?

From the Catholic Encyclopedia article "Cruelty to Animals," a quote from Cardinal Manning, in which he says that man must show mercy to animals, not for their sakes, but for our and God's sakes: ...
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When is it morally acceptable to lie?

The 9th commandment (Ex 20:16) is about being a false witness (perjury) which implicates others to be judged guilty in a court setting. The commandment does not prohibit all types of lying. Being a ...
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Was Jesus Christ a refugee?

A standard definition of 'refugee' is "a person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc." Jesus' family fled for safety ...
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According to the morality of the Catholic Church are there any organs that are not permitted to be offered in organ transplants?

Yes, the brain and the gonads are not permitted even if the donor is dead. The general principle regarding the donation of organs is articulated in section 2296 of the Catechism of the Catholic ...
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Can "feelings and passions" make an act involuntary?

Is someone strapping you to a chair, propping your eye's open, and forcing you to watch pornography? If not, then you certainly have freely chosen to watch it and doing so certainly is a mortal sin ...
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According to Catholicism, is it sinful to physically harm abortion doctors to prevent them from performing abortions?

Ends do not justify means. It is never permissible to do evil so that good may come about: "let us not do evil that there may come good" (Rom. 3:8). Sin sometimes must be tolerated in order ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a just interest rate?

Is there a 'just interest rate'? The “just rate of interest” is the fair rate of interest which should corresponds to the average gain that those engaged in business may generally expect in a ...
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Can Christians have a right to defend themselves?

Summary YES, Christians have the right to defend themselves. When understood correctly, the verses cited don't negate this right but to show examples of the right mindset when defending ourselves, i....
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What's Christians take on pirating authors books, software, movies etc?

There are several arguments sometimes made why "piracy" as OP calls it may be sinful. The Bible itself does not directly address the issue. Some say that it is stealing and therefore ...
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How should I report a priest for promoting sin?

Denounce the priest to his superior, the local bishop. Contact your diocese's office about how to do this; Catholic-Hierarchy provides dioceses' contact info. Discussing one type of abuse of the ...
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What should a priest who commits a mortal sin just before Holy Mass do, if confession is not available?

What should a priest who commits a mortal sin just before Holy Mass do, if confession is not available? The priest in question must make a perfect act of contrition as best he can and must go to ...
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Can baptized non-Catholics be virtuous?

Moral virtues can exist in the unbaptized. The supernatural, theological virtue of faith is not necessary to have moral virtues. Moral virtues* can be acquired by purely natural means. Theological ...
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Is it morally commendable to volunteer your own life to go to Hell in place of someone else?

It is pride for any human to think that they can redeem another fellow human being. They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; [whether material wealth or ...
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Which medieval theologian said fornication with a more beautiful woman is less sinful?

Alan of Lille (†1203), Liber pœnitentialis 1.27: <XXVII> Utrum pulchra fuerit vel turpis? Considerandum est etiam utrum pulchra fuerit vel non, quia minus peccat qui cognoscit pulchram quam qui ...
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According to the Catholic Church, if one, faced with the threat of being burned alive, denied Christ, would his sin be mortal?

Peter denied Jesus three times within a gap of an hour (Lk. 22 : 56-60) . But he repented immediately ( Lk 22: 62) and was later chosen by Jesus as the leader of His Church. See that Jesus gets it ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

My friend is a Progressive Christian who says that the bible doesn't condemn or even mention sex outside of marriage in the bible. For your friend to say that, she has not really read God's word and ...
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What is the Biblical basis for prohibiting sex outside marriage?

The phrase "sex outside of marriage" is a strange one from a biblical perspective. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he ...
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How is the claim "lust is evil" shown to be true in Christianity without appealing to Divine Command Theory?

For purposes of this question let's use as a working definition of evil/sinful "that which is contrary to the nature of God". Lust seeks to sacrifice the interests of others for personal ...
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How is the claim "lust is evil" shown to be true in Christianity without appealing to Divine Command Theory?

Buried in your question is a contradiction: the word "justified". Justification in Christianity is a legal concept! To discuss a legal concept without reference to the law is not possible. ...
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