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What Is Synodality and Collegiality?

Full Question What does “synodality” mean? Answer   Synodality is related to collegiality: Collegiality refers to the authority of each bishop as a successor of the apostles. No bishop can tell the other how to run his diocese, regarding matters of local governance Each bishop is autonomous and equal (with the exception of the Bishop of

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Is it permitted for a lay person to give homily at Sunday Mass?

Not at all. This in fact is liturgical abuse. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states: The homily should ordinarily be given by the priest celebrant himself. He may entrust it to a concelebrating priest or occasionally, according to circumstances, to the deacon, but never to a lay person. In particular cases and for a just

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Should we Sit or Kneel After Communion?

Full Question Our pastor sits after Communion while deacons are consuming the rest of the Precious Blood and tells congregation to sit too. Should we? Answer . The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states: . . . as circumstances allow, they may sit or kneel while the period of sacred silence after Communion is

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When is it okay to work on Sundays?

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The Church teaches the necessity of resting from servile work on Sundays. We remember that even God rested after Creation: “He rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had done” Genesis 2:2 Because of this the Church obligates her members to rest on the Lord’s day. The Canon Law states: “On

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May I Attend a Sedevacantist Mass?

Full Question Is it a sin to attend a sedevacantist Mass? Answer If the person is attending because he/she agrees to their stand that there is no valid pope since Pope Pius XII died in 1958, that would be considered sinful; but if the person is attending for educational or social reasons, that wouldn’t necessarily

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When did the Sabbath day change to Sunday?

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First of all, one must note that there are two kinds of laws in the Old Testament: moral precepts and ceremonial precepts. Christians believe that, through his suffering, death, and resurrection, Jesus has freed us from the observance of the ceremonial precepts. The Sabbath law of the Ten Commandments includes both a moral precept and

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Is arranged marriage sinful and invalid?

Full Question Is arranged marriage sinful and invalid?   Answer   The most important element needed to make any marriage valid is the full and unreserved consent of both parties, arranged marriage is not as common as it was many years ago but it is still in existence in some parts of the world If

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Has the Church ever banned the reading of the Bible by the faithful?

Full Question Has the Church ever banned the reading of the Bible by the laity? Answer NO, the church never made such ban. Diving back into history, the church forbade the faithful from attending gatherings organized by heretical groups and reading their writings because the heretics had unorthodox interpretations of the holy Bible and an

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Why do we not refer to God as “Yahweh” in mass?

Full Question I noticed the Catholic Church does not refer to God as “Yahweh” in her liturgy, why is that? Answer The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments released a letter on 29th June 2008, under Pope Benedict XVI’s directive “In recent years, the practice has crept in of pronouncing the God of Israel’s

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