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Can Mary Save Us?

Provocative question, no? Merely seeing the question asked may cause some sectarians to lose their breakfast cereal. I’m going to answer it by stealing the reply a Ukrainian (I think) priest gave to a non-Catholic objection on — of all places — a YouTube video. Commenting on the Arvo Pärt’s piece, “Most Holy Mother of God,” with its

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Knowledge Is Necessary for Venial Sin

Full Question Do you have to have knowledge to commit a venial sin? Answer Yes, some knowledge is necessary for a venial sin to be committed. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: One commits venial sin when, in a less serious matter, he does not observe the standard prescribed by the moral law, or

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Did Martin Luther repent before he died?

Full Question Did Martin Luther repent before he died? Answer It is rumored that Luther asked for the last rites but was refused them, and that he said, “It is easier to live as a Protestant, but it is better to die as a Catholic.” However, neither assertion has been substantiated by reliable sources. The

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When did the Church permit deacons to baptize?

Full Question When did the Church permit deacons to baptize? Answer In the early days of the Church, deacons were authorized to baptize. A clear example is the case of the deacon Philip baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40). Philip was one of the seven deacons appointed in the early Church (Acts 6:5). He is distinguished from

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