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Anonymous asked: According to the Church, how far apart should two people be related to get married at a minimum? (Not that I or anyone I know is planning upon marring a close cousin, but I'm curious as to know this)

Great question!

Canon law says:

Can.  1091 §1. In the direct line of consanguinity marriage is invalid between all ancestors and descendants, both legitimate and natural.

§2. In the collateral line marriage is invalid up to and including the fourth degree.

§3. The impediment of consanguinity is not multiplied.

Unpacking that:

Paragraph 1 tells us that it is wrong for anyone to marry someone they are directly related to, ex. a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, child, grand-child.  That’s easy.

Paragraph 2 is more complicated.  The Church uses a method of calculating relationships using degrees which we are not really used to.  We usually say first cousin once removed and stuff like that.  Luckily someone made a chart which can help us understand this:

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Basically, the trick is to figure out how many people are involved in the relationship between two people (leaving out the common ancestor.)  

So, in a relationship between Bob and Sarah who are brother and sister, there’s Bob and Sarah, and they are related because of their parents.  But you leave out the parents because those are the common ancestor, so you have “2.” So you would say that there are two degrees between Bob and Sarah.  Canon law would forbid that.

Bob and Sarah have a cousin named Joe.  They are related because their Grandparents had at least two kids, Bob and Sarah’s parent, and Bob and Sarah’s parent’s sibling who would be Joe’s parent, and each parent had one kid with their spouse.  So, count 1 Grandparent, 1 Parent, 1 Uncle/Aunt, 1 for Joe, and 1 for Bob and Sarah = 5 subtract one for the common ancestor (grandparent) and you get 4.  Canon law forbids that as well.  

So, the closest the Church allows marriages is the 5th degree of the collateral line which includes 1st cousins once removed (Your cousins’ kids or your 2nd cousins’ parents.)  I suppose it would also include Great-Grand Nephew/Nieces, i.e. Your brother or sister’s great grandkids, but please, do not marry your brother or sister’s great grandkids. 

I hope this helped!

Filed under Catholic Canon Law Marriage Family

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Anonymous asked: Where was God throughout the early years of humanity?

Dear Anon,

Where wasn’t God throughout the early years of humanity?  Look at any civilization, any culture, even the ones we know virtually nothing about, and you’ll see they all had some idea some image of God.  Were they perfectly refined ideas of God as the “I am who am,” who’s essence is existence, manifested in triune unity?  No, of course not, but neither did they know that light could be observed as both a wave and a particle, yet observe light they did, and just as they observed light without understanding it, so too do we see that they observed religious practices towards God, though not always with understanding.  

The fact that for almost the entire history of mankind, man has had some image of God speaks to God’s movement in the world, for where else could the idea of God have come from, but God Himself?  And the unanimous testimony in distant lands throughout the ages of God’s presence in the world can only be seen as the concurrence of thousands of independent experiments, and in each one, we find the null hypothesis, that God exists, has never been rejected.

Thus, the question to ask is not “Where was God throughout the early years of humanity?”  But “Where was atheism?”  If atheism is supposed to be the natural state of humanity and theism is merely some fabrication, then why should we find theism in all cultures, and atheism in virtually none?  It does not make sense.  Therefore, Beloved, rejoice in the knowledge we who are born in Christ through baptism are blessed to have, that the God that walked the vast oceans of eternity before the formation of the Earth, worshiped in some form by all peoples, is the same God that walked on the waters of the sea of Galilee as Jesus the Christ.  

In Amor Christi,

Niko

Filed under Catholic Christianity Catholicism Atheist Atheism

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From the Catholic Memes FB page

Oh yeah… Right after the Papists abandon the Papacy

The band never broke up, one of the lead guitarists just decided to leave and start his own.
We just gave the lead to the other guitarist.

FRICK!! PEOPLE, DONT FOCUS ON WHO LEFT WHO
ADMIT IT, THE BREAK OF THE CHURCH WAS BOTH SIDES FAULT YOU KNOW


THE POPE EMISSARIES FOR NOT WANTING TO TALK AND EXCOMMUNICATING THE PATRIARCH. YES, THAT WAS OUR FAULT, BUT THEN THE PATRIARCH EXCOMMUNICATING THE POPE ONLY MADE THINGS WORSE. ITS BOTH SIDE FAULT.
WE CHRISTIANS HAVE ENOUGH BY FIGHTING AGAINST THE HEDONISTS LIBERALS OF OUR AGE, PLUS FIGHTING AGAINST THE PROTESTANT, AND THEN TO BE FIGHTING BETWEEN CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX.
DO YOU KNOW WHATS IMPORTANT??? THIS:

THIS IS WHAT TRULY MATTERS, TRYING TO GET BACK TOGETHER, FIGHTING THIS WORLD TOGETHER
IM SORRY FOR THE RANT BUT COMMENTS LIKE THE ABOVE MAKE ME SAD/MAD
WE ALREADY HAVE WAAAAY TOO MANY ENEMIES TO BE FIGHTING BETWEEN OURSLEVES

We can talk together, but the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church did not cease to exist after the schism. Whatever politics were involved, it was the Roman Church that changed, and it was the Roman Church that demanded the Eastern Bishops to bow to it.
We do not need to get back together. Against Liberalism we may fight as groups with a common goal, but at the end of the day, it is the Orthodox Church that has retained truth.
Claiming that both of us are the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church robs us both of the title. It means Christ’s Church has been defunct since 1054.
But that is not the case. Not the case at all. Let’s focus on the canons, let’s focus on our theology, rather than emotional wishes for a “reunification”. If you believe the Roman Church to be the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, you should rightfully believe us to be schismatics and heretics who must rejoin her fold. And if I have any true allegiance to my Church, then I declare it to be the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Undivided. And the Latins must rejoin us.

Aye, that is precisely the situation we have.  And it is this situation that shows most clearly that in fact it is the Roman Church which is the one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, from which the easterns separated themselves.
For if hypothetically we were to “join” the East, by what measure would we consider whether we have joined?  Do we look to Jerusalem or Moscow?  Constantinople or Antioch?  The Orient?  The matter is unclear.
However, if hypothetically, the Eastern churches wished to join the West, there is no unholy confusion, it is clear that Rome is the standard by which their orthodoxy is judged.  
"And last, the very name Catholic, which, not without reason, belongs to this Church alone, in the face of so many heretics, so much so that, although all heretics want to be called ‘Catholic,’ when a stranger inquires where the Catholic Church meets, none of the heretics would dare to point out his own basilica or house" - St. Augustine - (Against the Letter of Mani Called ‘The Foundation’ 4:5 [A.D. 397])."
The Easterns divided by beliefs and nationalities cannot call themselves one in the same way the Church can say that She is one.  The Easterns, in many competing voices, cannot say they are set apart, [holy] from all other churches in the same way the Catholic Church can say She is set apart from all other Churches.  And it would be wrong to call the Roman Church the Roman Orthodox Church as if it were merely counter the Russian Orthodox or the Greek Orthodox, rather She is the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church of every nation.  Thus, it is only the Roman Church which can claim to be truly Catholic.

varangoi:

egiru:

varangoi:

christconquers:

catholicliving:

From the Catholic Memes FB page

Oh yeah… Right after the Papists abandon the Papacy

The band never broke up, one of the lead guitarists just decided to leave and start his own.

We just gave the lead to the other guitarist.

FRICK!! PEOPLE, DONT FOCUS ON WHO LEFT WHO

ADMIT IT, THE BREAK OF THE CHURCH WAS BOTH SIDES FAULT YOU KNOW

THE POPE EMISSARIES FOR NOT WANTING TO TALK AND EXCOMMUNICATING THE PATRIARCH. YES, THAT WAS OUR FAULT, BUT THEN THE PATRIARCH EXCOMMUNICATING THE POPE ONLY MADE THINGS WORSE. ITS BOTH SIDE FAULT.

WE CHRISTIANS HAVE ENOUGH BY FIGHTING AGAINST THE HEDONISTS LIBERALS OF OUR AGE, PLUS FIGHTING AGAINST THE PROTESTANT, AND THEN TO BE FIGHTING BETWEEN CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX.

DO YOU KNOW WHATS IMPORTANT??? THIS:

image

THIS IS WHAT TRULY MATTERS, TRYING TO GET BACK TOGETHER, FIGHTING THIS WORLD TOGETHER

IM SORRY FOR THE RANT BUT COMMENTS LIKE THE ABOVE MAKE ME SAD/MAD

WE ALREADY HAVE WAAAAY TOO MANY ENEMIES TO BE FIGHTING BETWEEN OURSLEVES

We can talk together, but the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church did not cease to exist after the schism. Whatever politics were involved, it was the Roman Church that changed, and it was the Roman Church that demanded the Eastern Bishops to bow to it.

We do not need to get back together. Against Liberalism we may fight as groups with a common goal, but at the end of the day, it is the Orthodox Church that has retained truth.

Claiming that both of us are the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church robs us both of the title. It means Christ’s Church has been defunct since 1054.

But that is not the case. Not the case at all. Let’s focus on the canons, let’s focus on our theology, rather than emotional wishes for a “reunification”. If you believe the Roman Church to be the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, you should rightfully believe us to be schismatics and heretics who must rejoin her fold. And if I have any true allegiance to my Church, then I declare it to be the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Undivided. And the Latins must rejoin us.

Aye, that is precisely the situation we have.  And it is this situation that shows most clearly that in fact it is the Roman Church which is the one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, from which the easterns separated themselves.

For if hypothetically we were to “join” the East, by what measure would we consider whether we have joined?  Do we look to Jerusalem or Moscow?  Constantinople or Antioch?  The Orient?  The matter is unclear.

However, if hypothetically, the Eastern churches wished to join the West, there is no unholy confusion, it is clear that Rome is the standard by which their orthodoxy is judged.  

"And last, the very name Catholic, which, not without reason, belongs to this Church alone, in the face of so many heretics, so much so that, although all heretics want to be called ‘Catholic,’ when a stranger inquires where the Catholic Church meets, none of the heretics would dare to point out his own basilica or house" - St. Augustine - (Against the Letter of Mani Called ‘The Foundation’ 4:5 [A.D. 397])."

The Easterns divided by beliefs and nationalities cannot call themselves one in the same way the Church can say that She is one.  The Easterns, in many competing voices, cannot say they are set apart, [holy] from all other churches in the same way the Catholic Church can say She is set apart from all other Churches.  And it would be wrong to call the Roman Church the Roman Orthodox Church as if it were merely counter the Russian Orthodox or the Greek Orthodox, rather She is the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church of every nation.  Thus, it is only the Roman Church which can claim to be truly Catholic.

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Archbishop Cordileone's Awesome Response to Gay Marriage Supporters

"Please do not make judgments based on stereotypes, media images and comments taken out of context. Rather, get to know us first as fellow human beings. I myself am willing to meet personally with any of you not only to dialogue, but simply so that we can get to know each other. It is the personal encounter that changes the vision of the other and softens the heart. In the end, love is the answer, and this can happen even between people with such deep disagreements. That may sound fanciful and far-fetched, but it is true, it is possible. I know it is possible, I know this from personal experience. When we come together seeking to understand the other with good will, miracles can happen."

Filed under Catholic Christianity Gay Marriage Homosexuality Archbishop Cordileone

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Anonymous asked: I was asking about the picture with the Pope on the left sitting on his chair and the Poor boy on the right so skinny naked and undernourished. I was just asking because I just want to know where these kids are and why doesn't any one who is able, with so many rich people in this world help them. I am planning to start a charity organization and this really touches my heart to see children like this who are born and not at fault for their situation. Let us all pray for them. Thank you.

Well, I don’t know specifically where that photo was taken.  However, there are many hungry people all over the world.  Almost 850 million people worldwide do not have enough to eat.  Here are some more facts about hunger.  

Luckily there are a lot of aid organizations who are trying to help.  Catholic Relief Services is one of the best, and there are many ways to get involved with them.  Another great way to get involved in the fight against hunger is to volunteer your time at a local soup kitchen or food pantry (and obviously donate what goods you can to them.)  I recommend one run by the St. Vincent DePaul society, if you have one local.  They’ve operated for hundreds of years and are great at what they do.  

And of course, as you said, we can, and should, always pray for an end to hunger.  

In Christ,

Niko

Filed under Hunger Catholic Christianity Social Justice World Hunger

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Ask Policy Change on Nikosnature: I will only answer anonymous questions

Hello all,

After a meeting with the vocations director of my diocese about how to best integrate my blog with my formation so that I am in accordance with the social media policy of the Archdiocese for seminarians, we have come up with a mutually agreed upon policy.

So, until further notice, I will only be accepting anonymous questions.  This will ensure that all communication on this blog is public, protecting all parties involved from allegations of improper behavior.  I want to stress that this is not an imposition or a limitation put on my blog.  I requested the meeting and in fact suggested this policy as a way to help decrease the inherent risks of using social media.  This should in no way change the content of what I post.  As the conversation moves forward, different policies may be adopted based on the results of that conversation.  If so, I will let you know.  I thank you all for your understanding and for your prayers as I continue my formation.

In Christ,

Niko

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Leader of Latin American Bishops: Liberation Theology ‘Archaic, If Not Already Dead’

The important quote is:

“True liberation is showing the merciful face of God the Father, the tenderness of God among us,”

Filed under Catholic Catholicism Christianity Liberation Theology Social Justice

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