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Does the Catholic Church have a contingency plan for the case that the pope and all cardinals are dead? There is no known official contingency plan for the Catholic Church in the case that if God forbid the pope and the entire College of Cardinals were to perish due to some unforeseen catastrophic event such as a terrorist attack or some highly contagious ...


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Denzinger's Sources of Catholic Dogma (Enchiridion symbolorum, definitionum et declarationum de rebus fidei et morum) collects most of the major dogmatic definitions; it "traces the development of doctrine and Dogma in the Catholic Church from its earliest times."


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According to Pope (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, Pope is a Scottish surname meaning father. It has nothing to do with the Roman church.


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What is the difference between an Apostolic Exhortation and an Encyclical Letter? Generally speaking encyclicals are more important than apostolic exhortations. Encyclical Definition A papal document treating of matters related to the general welfare of the Church, sent by the Pope to the bishops. Used especially in modern times to express the mind of the ...


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Are Catholics allowed to entertain that the Old Vulgate might contains errors? The Old Vulgate Bible translation of St. Jerome is free of errors on faith and moral. Like any translation there may be technical error of nuance of given words or expressions that may have been translated better. Pope Pius XII declared the Vulgate as "free from error ...


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Yes, it is true. Chapter 9 ("The Blessed Sacrament") from Jason Evert's 2014 book Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves reproduced here has this quote: The Holy Father often spent hours at a time writing before the Blessed Sacrament. He explained: I have always been convinced that the chapel is a place of special inspiration. What a ...


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The Pope is the visible head of the entire Church, and Christ is the invisible Head. Pope's visible headship First Vatican Council, Pastor Æternus ch. 4, reiterating the Council of Florence*: the Roman Pontiff is the true vicar of Christ, and the head of the whole Church, and the father and teacher of all Christians; and that to him in blessed Peter was ...


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Why does the Pope not issue letters on the lines of Pastorals? Perhaps it does happen from time to time. However, when the pope or the Holy See are involved it takes on a much greater degree of seriousness or urgency. Since such documents come from the pope and the Vatican it would certainly carry a different name. One such occasion was the Encyclical ...


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Can a lay person or a group of lay faithful petition the Pope (Vatican) to de-canonize a Saint in light of new findings? The short answer is yes. But I doubt it will go very far. The canonization of a saint seems to imply the papal privilege of infallibility. But if one believes that they have a genuine case to the contrary, then one always free to petition ...


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Why did the Bishop of Rome accept (and retains until today) the title “Pontifex Maximus” and how were the rights and duties transferred/transformed? Your source states that the Emperor Gratian gave up the title of Pontifex Maximus in 382 AD and then transferred it to Pope Damasus I. Indeed, it was not until the Empire split in two, with the Western Empire ...


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It is worth to describe in some detail that the title "Pontifex" pre-dates Christianity. According to Livius, the title was originally for (elected) high priests of the Roman religion, as mentioned in the Lex Ogulnia (300/299 BCE). The pontifex maximus was 'the greatest' or chairman of the college of the pontifices, 'priests'. They were responsible ...


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