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Why do Catholics believe transubstantiated host may still affect the gluten sensitive?

Your girlfriend sounds correct. It may sound silly at first, but the doctrine of Transubstantiation is a well developed, detailed explanation of what happens during the consecration of the bread and ...
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Why does the Salvation Army not administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?

It appears that the simple answer is that because the Salvation Army does not view baptism or communion as requirements of salvation, they are not practiced at all. This stance, however does not ...
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In Catholicism, does the efficacy of the sacrament depend on the intention of the priest?

The Church's current teaching points to the sacrament itself overcoming any weakness of an individual. If a priest intends to send babies to hell while he is baptizing them, are those infants ...
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If marriage is not a sacrament for reformed churches, how to interpret Ephesians 5:32?

This question at first seemed like a non sequitur to me, but it actually comes from an interesting place. The Eastern Orthodox churches use the Greek word μυστήριον (musterion) to refer to sacraments, ...
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In Catholicism, does the efficacy of the sacrament depend on the intention of the priest?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1256) may shed some light on this: The ordinary ministers of Baptism are the bishop and priest and, in the Latin Church, also the deacon. In case of ...
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Can priests (or popes) administer sacraments in a liturgy other than their own?

There are a number of related questions here. The Bishop of Rome The Bishop of Rome (i.e., the Pope), being the universal pastor of the Catholic Church, may celebrate in any rite he wishes at any ...
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Which sacraments can be administered validly but illicitly?

Any sacrament that is administered by a priest or bishop is administered validly but illicitly if all other requirements for validity are satisfied but the priest or bishop is excommunicated: An ...
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Which sacraments can an intersex individual receive in the Catholic Church?

Hermaphrodites can be baptized. Regarding 1917 Canon 748 (which has no equivalent in the 1983 Code), which deals with baptism in the case of deformed or abnormal fetal humans, canonist Charles ...
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What is the Lutheran doctrine of consubstantiation and how does it differ from transubstantiation and a more general protestant sacramental view?

Consubstantiation (also called impanation) says that, after consecration, bread remains and Christ becomes present within, among, or "along-side" the bread. Transubstantiation says no bread remains ...
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How does a baptismal certificate work?

Baptismal certificates are still used by Churches for whom Trinitarian baptism is important. This is so that they can be certain that someone has been validly baptised. The Catholic, Anglican and ...
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Is the Eucharist more holy than the other Sacraments in the Catholic Church?

Is the Eucharist more holy than the other Sacraments in the Catholic Church? The short answer is yes. Pope St. Paul VI stated that the Eucharist is the apex of our faith and Pope Benedict XVI stated ...
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How does a baptismal certificate work?

Many years ago, before governments were in the habit of providing live birth documentation and proof of identity, a baptismal certificate was valid proof of citizenship. Because people didn't move ...
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What is the basis for First Communion?

The Catholic Encyclopedia article gives a good albeit old insight into canonical age. In those days 100 years ago and previous, confirmation was before first Communion. Nowadays in most diocese in ...
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

Prior to Christ, a priest was needed to help make sacrifice to receive forgiveness: Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the ...
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Do Lutherans believe that the sacraments are necessary for salvation (similar to Catholics), and if so, how do they reconcile this with Sola Fide?

First, a Lutheran is not likely to recognize the phrase "salvation by faith". The usual construct Lutherans use is "justification by faith". For Lutherans, there is a distinction between the two. ...
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On what grounds does the Catholic church reject sacraments of protestant denominations?

The question is overly broad and needs to be taken sacrament by sacrament. The question asked specifically about three sacraments: baptism, eucharist, and marriage. The Catholic Church recognizes any ...
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What is the Lutheran doctrine of consubstantiation and how does it differ from transubstantiation and a more general protestant sacramental view?

Consubstantiation is not Lutheran theology. Lutheran theology rejects consubstantiation in favor of "Sacramental Union" [sacramentatem unionem]. See the Book of Concord, "The Solid Declaration of the ...
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What is the Lutheran doctrine of consubstantiation and how does it differ from transubstantiation and a more general protestant sacramental view?

Lutherans do not generally use the term consubstantiation. Nor do they use the term impanation. Impanation, by analogy to the Incarnation, would imply some kind of hypostatic union between the bread ...
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How can anointing the sick confer forgiveness of sins in Catholicism?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in its discussion of this sacrament, quotes the Letter of James: Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church and let them pray over him, ...
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What is the distinction between a sacrament and an ordinance?

It is not only Catholics who believe in sacraments. All Orthodox and most Protestants believe in them as well, but with some differences between them. It is only Baptists and their offspring which ...
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How do credo-baptists explain baptism in the Nicene Creed?

The Credo-baptists that affirm the Nicene creed, would argue that "baptism for the remission of sins" need not be interpreted as "baptism accomplishes the remission of sins", but more along the lines ...
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Is the receipt of the Sacrament of Confirmation a requirement before receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?

While it is not an absolute requirement that Catholics be confirmed before they are married in the Church, confirmation before marriage is something the Church strongly urges. The Code of Canon Law ...
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Why wouldn't a practicing Catholic joke about the Sacraments and what would happen if they did?

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 ...
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Why isn't consecrated virginity a sacrament?

Pope Pius XII writes in his 1954 encyclical Sacra Virginitas: We have recently with sorrow censured the opinion of those who contend that marriage is the only means of assuring the natural ...
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Does the LDS discuss the issue of LDS children "playing Sacrament"?

Previous answers speak of small children receiving the Sacrament, rather than imitating it as play. As for that question, Is there anything in LDS teaching that addresses this issue, or is it a ...
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Transition from a natural to a sacramental marriage

A valid natural marriage becomes sacramental as soon as both parties are baptised. There is no need to do anything else after being baptised, either as a Catholic or in a denomination that observes ...
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Is a Roman Catholic allowed by Church law to receive sacraments from other Churches in full communion with Rome?

In short: yes, you can validly receive any of the sacraments in any Church that is in union with Rome. From the Code of Canon Law: Can. 844 §1. Catholic ministers administer the sacraments licitly ...
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Can Catholics receive sacraments via Skype?

Yes, you could conceivably be married by proxy, via Skype. Can. 1104 §1. To contract a marriage validly the contracting parties must be present together, either in person or by proxy [per ...
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Are Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic allowed to break the host?

The official website of the Vatican seems to be silent on this issue. Nevertheless it may be up to the local ordinary to make special norms for the diocese in question! The following is taken from ...
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