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Choose Christian Names for Your Children

Posted on Apr 08 , 2016 in Catechism

Choose Christian Names for Your Children

A Catholic priest advised parents to choose Christian names for their children at baptism.

On the patronal feast of the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Vincent Ferrer in Leganes, Iloilo, on April 5, Parish Priest Msgr. Jesus Enojo reminded the faithful of the significance of the baptismal name as taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

To underline the importance of the baptismal rite, Enojo explained, “The sacrament of baptism is conferred “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

It is in baptism that the Christian receives his name in the Church, he said.

A baptismal ceremony begins significantly with the minister asking the parents, “What name do you give your child?” This name, he said, “is given before God.”

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Ano ang “Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy”?

Posted on Mar 02 , 2016 in Catechism

Ano ang “Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy”?

Ang salitang "Jubilee" ay mula sa Hebreong salita na "Hobel" na nangangahulugang "ram's horn" o trumpeta na ginagamit bilang hudyat ng "Jubilee Year" sa pamamagitan ng pagpapatunog nito.

Ang "Jubilee Year" ay isang pagdiriwang ng mga Israelita tuwing ika-limapung taon. Ayon sa aklat ng Leviticus (Le. 25:8-10), ang taong ito ay taon ng pagapapalaya na kung saan ay ibinabalik ang mga ari-arian, kinakansela ang mga utang at ang mga alipin ay pinapalaya at pinababalik sa kanilang mga pamilya.

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What does my faith have to do with the Church?

Posted on Jul 25 , 2015 in Catechism

What does my faith have to do with the Church?

No one can believe alone and by himself, just as no one can live alone and by himself. We receive the faith from the Church and live it out in fellowship with the people with whom we share our faith. [166-169, 181] 

Faith is the most personal thing a person has, yet it is not a private matter. Anyone who wants to believe must be able to say both "I" and "we", because a faith you cannot share and communicate would be irrational. The individual believer gives his free assent to the "we believe" of the Church. From her he received the faith. She was the one who handed it down through the centuries and then to him, preserved it from falsifications, and cause it to shine forth again and again. Believing is therefore participation in a common conviction. The faith of others supports me, just as the fervor of my faith enkindles and strengthens others. The Church emphasizes the "I" and the "we" of faith by using two professions of faith in her liturgies: the Apostles Creed, the Creed that begins with "I believe" (Credo), and the Great Creed of Nicaea-Constantinople, which in its original form starts with the words "We believe" (Credimus). [www.youcat.org]

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Can experiments be performed on living embryos and embryonic stem cells?

Posted on Nov 01 , 2013 in Catechism

Can experiments be performed on living embryos and embryonic stem cells?

 

The Fifth Commandment: You shall not kill.

No. Embryos are human beings, because human life begins with the fusion of a sperm cell and an egg.

Regarding embryos as biological material, “producing” them and then “using” their stem cells for purposes of research is absolutely immoral and falls under the commandment “You shall not kill.” Research on adult stem cells is a different matter, since they cannot develop into human beings. Medical interventions on an embryo are justifiable only if they are made with the intention of healing, if the life and unimpaired development of the child are assured, and if the risks involved are not disproportionately great.
 

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Why is abortion unacceptable at any phase in the development of an embryo?

Posted on Oct 25 , 2013 in Catechism

Why is abortion unacceptable at any phase in the development of an embryo?

 

The Fifth Commandment: You shall not kill.

God-given human life is God’s own property; it is sacred from the first moment of its existence and not under the control of any human being. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5).

God alone is Lord over life and death. Not even “my” life belongs to me. Every child, from the moment of conception on, has a right to life. From his earliest beginnings an unborn human being is a separate person, and no one can infringe upon his rights, not the State, not the doctor, and not even the mother. The Church’s clarity about this is not a lack of compassion; she means, rather, to point out the irreparable harm that is inflicted on the child who is killed in abortion and on his parents and on society as a whole. Protecting innocent human life is one of the noblest tasks of the State. If a State evades this responsibility, it undermines the foundations of a rule of law.