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Can a Catholic priest adopt a child?
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Yes, a Roman Catholic Priest can adopt children. In 1981, the Vatican granted permission to Fr. George Clements, of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Chicago the permission to adopt a child, and he later ...

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Why do Evangelical Protestants reject the Catholic approach to venerating Mary?
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Born-again protestant Christians are not "against" Mary of Nazareth. Every one of them accepts Mary as the Mother of Jesus, and while few would use the phrase, they have no issue with the concept of ...

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Was Cain a descendant of the serpent, through Eve?
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I don't have enough information to speak about the Southern Baptist Convention, where each congregation is a separate entity, and some could accept what the OP cites as the "serpent seed" doctrine, ...

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Was Jesus circumcised and did he eat pork?
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From Luke 2:21, we know that Jesus was circumcised, as it states there At the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was given the name Jesus... But we also have Peter's teaching in Acts ...

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Can a Catholic priest take Anglican services?
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The churches of the Anglican Communion recognize the validity of Holy orders conferred by the Roman Catholic Church, so that a Bishop, Priest or Deacon who converted from Catholicism to Anglicanism, ...

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Why do Protestants say: "In Jesus' name. Amen.", whereas Catholics say: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."?
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First, it is valuable in this answer to distinguish between the pious practice of individuals, and small groups of believers, on the one hand, and the official formularies of the larger group, on the ...

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How does calling someone an "idiot" make one bound for Gehenna?
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It's not so much something lost in translation, though there may be some cultural factors coming into play. Jews considered the Words of the ten commandments to be minimum requirements, and beginning ...

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Before St. Thomas Aquinas, who laid the foundation for the existence of God?
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Jesus' contemporary followers not only believed in "a god", they had a common understanding of the existence and nature of God, because his mission was to the people of Israel (cf. Jesus answer to the ...

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What is the oldest hymn (with music) that is still sung in churches today?
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The text, "Let All Mortal Flesh keep Silence", may be a close contender to the Phos Hilaron. It is in common use in some English speaking churches in the West, and the text is thought by some ...

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How does the Catholic Church reconcile the holy Catholic Church with (the) Pope(s) asking for forgiveness?
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The Church is holy, but it is an institution which is populated by human beings, who can and do sin. This can be seen in the first few chapters of the book of Revelation where the Angel catalogs the ...

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When did guitar led worship music become accepted?
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The acoustic (non-electric) guitar is an instrument with a very soft dynamic range relative to most other instruments, such as the organ, or wind instruments, and is not effective in leading large ...

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Why did Jesus favor Peter, James and John more than the other disciples?
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You're making the mistake of an argument from silence, because in spite of your assertion that "its clear" that Peter, James, and John witnessed more of Jesus' miracles, all we really know for sure is ...

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Why are days like "Sunday" or "Monday" not mentioned in the Bible?
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Because the words "Sunday", "Monday, "Tuesday, &c., are names assigned to the days of the week in English, and came into use hundreds of years after the books of the Bible were written in Greek ...

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Does human effort oppose God's grace?
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Human effort consistent with the will of God, does not oppose God's Grace. However, the words of Jesus to Peter (cf. Matthew 16:21-23), "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for ...

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What religious beliefs did the Galatians hold when Paul first preached the gospel to them?
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The Wikipedia article on Galatia states that the Galatians were Celts who invaded the area about 275 BCE, and who were reported to be in the area until about 475 CE, or so. It is likely that the Celts ...

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A promise in Acts 16:31?
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It is clear that the verse cited, Acts 16:31, is a promise. The question is, to whom does the promise apply? Taken in context, it is a promise to a particular individual in a specific instance. This ...

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Does the Catholic Church still stand behind Isaiah 14:21?
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The Catholic Church does stand behind the verse, but insists that it be read in context, and in the context of the literary genre of the passage. As such it applies only to the children of the King of ...

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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?
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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 "Sons of Levi" particularly?
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The significance of the sons of Levi was that they were the priestly tribe of Israel, and had special duties in the temple, offering sacrifices and leading worship. The priests had to be purified in ...

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What is the case against seeing the Medieval Catholic Church as oppressive?
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I think, as is often the case, that in some times and places, the Church was co-opted by the Aristocracy. While the Church certainly had a vested interest in promoting learning, the Aristocracy did ...

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What is the name of this disciple of Jesus in the English language?
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According to the chart on this page, the English equivalent of the Malayam "Pathrose" is "Peter".

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How do those who support the perpetual virginity of Mary doctrine harmonize the Protevangelium of James with the Gospel of Matthew?
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The harmonization would be that the Gospel of Matthew is divinely inspired Sacred Scripture, while the Protoevangelium of James is merely pious tradition. In case of nonconformity between the two, ...

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Does one have to admit to not being a virgin when preparing for a Catholic wedding?
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Go make a sacramental confession with a Priest other than the one conducting your Pre-Cana, and after the confession ask him. But I don't believe that the Priest is allowed to ask, but I don't believe ...

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What is the context of the "unequally yoked" passage?
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Paul is teaching about all close relationships between believers and non-believers, and while this could include marriage, it would also apply to other areas of life, for example a business ...

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Once a Catholic always a Catholic?
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I'll start with the "state of Christian grace" bit. The common teaching (and probably not limited to Catholics) is that people who die not in a state of grace do not go to heaven. BUT, the church also ...

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Altars in today's Christian Churches
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Actually, more Christian Churches have altars than not. They are the focal point for worship in Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox congregations. In the Old Testament Hebrew worship, from ...

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Does the Evangelical Lutheran church see Mormons as Christian?
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The Lutheran denomination, "The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America", which is just one of many bodies using the word "Evangelical" in its name (and it should be noted that there are denominations, ...

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Which was the first Roman Catholic hymnal to include Martin Luther's "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"?
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The Hymnal Worship II, published in 1975 by GIA, and widely used in the Archdiocese of Chicago, includes an English translation of Luther's German paraphrase of Psalm 46 (Vulgate No. 45) in two ...

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Hearing Bell sounds - What does the Bible say about bells?
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As far as I can tell, the Bible mentions bells only in Exodus (chapters 28 and 39), where they formed part of the decoration of the robes of the Priests, and in Zechariah (chapter 14), where in the ...

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Why do (some) Anglican vicars use 'sing-songy' voices?
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I submit that there may be a practical reason for the sing-songy voice, and I have tested the reason myself, with the help of a friend. First, I read a passage from Scripture in a normal speaking ...

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