What's the Catholic view on church and state?

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Article Scripture and Theology
During Christianity's earliest centuries, an era of official persecution of Christians, church and state were not only separate but opposed.

Then in the early fourth century, when Emperor Constantine became a Christian, the church and state began to visibly collaborate. The crowning of Charlemagne as emperor by Pope Leo III in 800 fostered the belief that the pope embodied ultimate authority to which secular leaders were subordinate. The ensuing Holy Roman Empire continued this perception.


Glad you asked: Would God lead us into temptation?

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Article Scripture and Theology
"Lead us not into temptation.” Christians have prayed these words so many times, it’s easy to slide over their meaning, but they are a bit curious, aren’t they?

Would God really lead people into temptation? Isn’t that supposed to be the job of the other guy, the one with the horns and pitchfork?


Glad you asked: Would God lead us into temptation?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
"Lead us not into temptation.” Christians have prayed these words so many times, it’s easy to slide over their meaning, but they are a bit curious, aren’t they?

Would God really lead people into temptation? Isn’t that supposed to be the job of the other guy, the one with the horns and pitchfork?


Dancing with the stars: An interview with astronomer George Coyne, S.J.

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Article Faith and Science Scripture and Theology
With 10,000 billion billion heavenly bodies in the cosmic ballroom, God has created a grand universe of possibilities.

As a priest and an astronomer, Jesuit Father George Coyne bridges the worlds of faith and science, but he’s quick to acknowledge that they serve two different purposes. “I can’t know if there is a God or if there is not a God by science,” he says.


Dancing with the stars: An interview with astronomer George Coyne, S.J.

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Article Faith and Science Scripture and Theology
With 10,000 billion billion heavenly bodies in the cosmic ballroom, God has created a grand universe of possibilities.

As a priest and an astronomer, Jesuit Father George Coyne bridges the worlds of faith and science, but he’s quick to acknowledge that they serve two different purposes. “I can’t know if there is a God or if there is not a God by science,” he says.


Birth announcements: An interview with scholar Laurie Brink

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology Spirituality
We shouldn’t get hung up on the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, says this Bible scholar. As with any scripture story, there’s more here than meets the eye.

Learning scripture in the land of the Bible changes the way you read it, says Sister Laurie Brink, O.P., who leads study tours to places such as Bethlehem. “The land holds memory,” she says. “It’s made holy by everybody that went there before.”


Bring remarried Catholics back to the table

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

Editors’ note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


A woman on the altar: Can the church ordain women deacons?

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Article Scripture and Theology Vatican Women
The issue of women priests may be a settled matter, but that doesn’t mean a woman can’t serve the church as a deacon.

A woman on the altar: Can the church ordain women deacons?

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Article Scripture and Theology Vatican Women
The issue of women priests may be a settled matter, but that doesn’t mean a woman can’t serve the church as a deacon.

What are novenas?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology Spirituality
For 16 years I prayed them with my entire family before Christmas.

I prayed them as a teenager, for the repose of the soul of parents of friends; I prayed them as a teacher with students to honor the school’s patroness, St. Rita of Cascia, on the days before her feast day; and just this year I prayed privately to Our Lady of Guadalupe in preparation for important meetings on U.S. Hispanic ministry. Novenas have been part of my life from its beginning and part of the life of the church since its very first centuries.


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