That a man may receive Holy Orders worthily it is necessary: that he be in the state of grace and be of excellent character; that he have the prescribed age and learning; that he have the intention of devoting his life to the sacred ministry; that he be called to Holy Orders by his bishop.
We cannot gain indulgences for other living persons, but we can gain them for the souls in purgatory, since the Church makes most indulgences applicable to them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins. (II Maccabees 12:46). The following "General remarks on
In a recent interview with National Public Radio, actress Anna Kendrick talked about how, when she was a child, the Bible made her anxious: I remember there being this thing about “It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
The chief signs that a man has been called by God to the priesthood are: a sincere desire to become a priest, a virtuous life, and sufficient bodily health and intellectual ability to enable him to make the required studies and to perform the duties of the priestly life. Signs of a calling to the
The New Testament is replete with direct and indirect claims of Christ’s divinity. Perhaps the most famous is the beginning of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the word and the word of with God and the word was God” (John 1:1-3). Jesus is the word made flesh (John 1:14). Jesus is God.
Yes and no. We are told, as we see clearly in Scripture above, that we are to confess our sins to one another. Thus, the ordinary way we have our grave sins forgiven is through the Sacrament of Confession. Thus, this is the way that Christ has established as the ordinary way to forgive
A Nigerian Man identified as David Isah narrowly escaped being killed by Islamic terrorists at Bara town of Gulani local government area of Yobe state David Isah in a recent interview with Christian Reporters recounted the ordeal he went through when Boko Haram members visited their town on September 17th, an attack that lasted 45minutes.
A Nov. 22 Vatican communique revealed that the themes for 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke, centering on Mary in the scene of the Annunciation and her Magnificat, spoken after her cousin Elizabeth's declaration that "Blessed
Full Question One of the causes of the Reformation was the selling of indulgences. Does the Catholic Church still sell them? Answer That’s like asking, “Have you stopped beating your wife?” The Catholic Church does not now nor has it ever approved the sale of indulgences. This is to be distinguished from the undeniable fact
Full Question Does the Catholic Church have a stand on plastic surgery? Answer The Church has not dealt with this issue in magisterial documents. However, moral theology would seem to offer the following considerations: Plastic surgery would seem to be warranted if it would provide a significant therapeutic benefit in some regard, either physical (e.g.,