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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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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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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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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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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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Great commission applies to all believers, but the laity does not baptize. Why?

The Great Commission is a commission given to the Church as a group. It's not a commission given to individuals separately. This is true whether you think of the Church as a single organization or as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When did marriage become a sacrament?

A formal definition by a council is not always the first instance something was accepted as true (or as a sacrament). Often the council reacted to an attack on an already accepted tenet of faith. ...
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Variances in the sacrament of confession

Roman Catholic Understanding According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep ...
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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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Protestant Interpretation of John 20:23 in Light of Matthew 9:8?

Jesus says, As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you. so the question to start, How did the father send Jesus? John 12:49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who ...
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Is the Eucharist more holy than the other Sacraments in the Catholic Church?

Not all sacraments are equally holy: Council of Trent, session 7, canon 3If anyone says that these seven sacraments are so equal to each other that one is not for any reason more excellent [or "...
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Why does the Catholic Church consider protestant baptisms valid sacraments, but not protestant marriages?

Why does the Catholic Church consider protestant baptisms valid sacraments, but not protestant marriages? This is a false perception on the Catholic viewpoint on Protestant marriages. Can. 11 Merely ...
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Why does only the priest receive Communion under both kinds at a Catholic Mass?

Why does only the priest receive Communion under both kinds at a Catholic Mass? The faithful may receive communion under both species (bread and wine) at mass. But a priest must consume both species ...
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

All of these answers respond to your question well, using scripture. But because there is no reference to Protestantism in the NT, and because Catholics would take something different from scripture, ...
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Is the resolution not to sin again a must for absolution?

As explained here, three things are part of the matter of the Sacrament (the 'stuff,' or that which is involved and necessary—such as water, in baptism): Confession (of sins) Contrition (sorrow for ...
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In Catholicism, why can deacons not celebrate all sacraments, but only Baptism (and Matrimony)?

Confession and Mass (specifically, confection of the Eucharist) are the two sacraments where the priest (under the bishop) stands in the person of Christ. That is, in these two sacraments the priest ...
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Would this confession be valid?

A few things concerning your confessor from the Catechism: The confessor is not the master of God’s forgiveness, but its servant. The minister of this sacrament should unite himself to the intention ...
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