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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Before the Gospel is read, a Catholic makes signs of the cross, with the thumb, on his or her forehead, mouth, and heart, which represents that the Catholic must understand the Gospel, proclaim it, ...
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What objective, foolproof method do Eastern Orthodox have for working out which side is correct in the case of a Schism?

In essence you are asking an epistemological question: How can one side "know" that it is correct in a theological debate? The question could just as well apply to any Christian body, let alone the ...
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Does the Catholic Church officially claim that the Bible is insufficient without tradition?

Yes she (Catholic Church) does. I've copied the pertinent parts from the previous poster's quotes to show this. 82 As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation ...
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Was Jesus good at singing?

There is no information on the quality of Jesus' singing The Catena Aurea includes commentaries on this verse from Origen, Bede, Rabanus, Chrysostom, Hilary, and Jerome and not one of them talk about ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Why do Catholics sign themselves three (3) times just before the Gospel is read? To understand the significance of this tradition, let us take a look into its origins. Concerning the making the ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Contrary to what you say about missals, the rubrics in my missal (The CTS New Daily Missal) say that before the reading of the gospel, "He [the deacon/priest] makes the Sign of the Cross on the book ...
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When did a "formal act of correction" of a pope's statement happen in the past?

The Doctor of the Church St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) collected 40 cases—from Pope St. Peter to Pope Innocent VIII (reigned 1484-1492)—of where a pope or anti-pope was said to have erred in faith ...
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Is there any theological basis for the eating of lamb at Easter?

It seems that the Catholic tradition of eating lamb at Easter was first documented in the 7th century: “The oldest prayer for the blessing of lambs can be found in the seventh-century sacramentary (...
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Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary did not have pain giving birth to Jesus come from?

Extensive biblical and traditional material advocating for Mary's painless childbirth can be found from "The Virginity of Our Lady in Partu". Many Protestants reject this teaching, but most are ...
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How would Jesus write his full name as, in civil records?

First, I'd point out that even in modern times full names are far from unambiguous. My own fairly uncommon first, middle, and last name together are not enough to uniquely single me out. All legal ...
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Do any denominations use the full form of INRI?

Do any denominations use the full form of INRI? The short answer is yes. First of all, there are several denominations that have the tradition of have of displaying crucifixes in their church, such ...
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Did the women disciples of Jesus go to his tomb on Sunday morning to perform an optional Jewish ritual?

In early Jewish beliefs, the tomb would have remained open for three days, but no longer as the body would have decayed and begun to stink. The tomb, however, was not immediately closed over the dead....
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What is the Eastern Orthodox view of tradition and its authority?

In its early centuries Eastern Orthodoxy based tradition on the authority of bishops, based on the principle of apostolic succession. Tradition is rooted in dogma, again based on the teaching ...
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Does any non-Catholic denomination maintain Altar Lamp, following Lev 6:12-13?

Does any non-Catholic denomination maintain Altar Lamp, following Lev 6:12-13? The Orthodox Churches have vigil lights, just like Catholic Churches to indicate that that Christ is present in the Holy ...
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What is the origin of the tradition that Mary lived in Turkey after John took her there?

There seems to be only two historical possibilities as to where Mary ended the pilgrim journey on earth: Jerusalem or Ephesus? Historically, there are proponents to both sides of this question as can ...
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Where does the Catholic tradition that Mary did not have pain giving birth to Jesus come from?

Her painless childbirth follows from these truths of divine revelation: Painful childbirth is one of the punishments of Original Sin (Gen. 3:16: "in travail shalt thou bring forth children")...
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Why sleep next to an open Bible?

While doubtless some do actually sleep with the Good Book physically open by their bedsides, the bulk of the usage of this phrasing is idiomatic. At least in every context I've ever heard it, whether ...
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What was the original rosary?

There are actually two separate questions here, which need to be clarified. In what form was the original Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary? What was the form of the original Hail Mary? ...
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Do Catholics believe in other apparitions like Mary? Or is she unique in this respect?

Yes, other saints and angels as well as Jesus Himself have appeared to visionaries throughout the ages. I can give three examples: St. Joan of Arc received visions of Saint Michael the Archangel, ...
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Why there isn't a daily prayer structure like Liturgy of the Hours among Protestants?

As a lifelong Protestant, born into a Protestant family, then converted, personally, at the age of sixteen and a Protestant ever since, it is evident to me - if to no other - that the very nature of '...
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How many prayers (to Heaven) by believers are in the 66 books of the (Protestant) Bible? Are any literally addressed to anyone except God?

I can think of no biblical example where a believer prayed to any created being, which would include angels because angels are created beings. Jesus only instructed his followers to pray to God in ...
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What were the practices observance of which was abhorred by St Paul in Gal 4:9-10?

The practices being observed by Galatian Christians, which Paul so abhorred he wrote in the strongest terms to dissuade them from doing, were those things back then causing them to return to bondage. ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Having been a lifelong Catholic, I have only picked this up through seeing other people do it. That being said, I have always seen it as being symbolic of keeping the Gospel in my mind, on my lips, ...
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Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolize penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolize penance? Having dived into this question for some time now, I would like to simply postulate a ...
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What is the origin of vicars/priests wearing the white dog collar?

First of all, let us deal with the origins of the term "dog Collar". The term "Dog Collar" is a nickname of Anglican origin for the neckband of a clerical shirt or a Roman Collar (of the Catholic ...
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Is Matthew 17:24 a reference to the Fiscus Judaicus?

The tradition of giving half-a shekel to the Temple of God dates back to the times of the book of Exodus, as we see at Exodus 30:11-13 (RSVCE): The Lord said to Moses, “When you take the census of ...
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Does the Catholic Church officially claim that the Bible is insufficient without tradition?

The assertion is based on a faulty premise The Church does not teach that Scripture is insufficient; the authors' are putting their words into someone else's mouth. The quoted statement about a ...
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Does the Catholic Church officially claim that the Bible is insufficient without tradition?

A better question is: Is Tradition also a medium of divinely revealed truth? If so, then it is on par with Holy Scripture. First, is the Word of God intrinsically something which is written word? ...
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How does Protestantism defend the adoption of practices and beliefs not found in the Bible?

Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is the sole infallible rule of faith and practice. It does not preclude the existence of lesser, fallible rules of faith and practice, existing under its authority....
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Why have a photo of the bishop in the sacristy?

Because from the earliest times, bishops have been seen as the fulcrum of the local Christian community: the priests being their fellow workers; and the deacons their servants. Apostolic succession ...
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