Did Martin Luther have any political or economic motivations for the reformation?

Quite honestly, from what I know about him no. Though there was apparently a more personal motivation and that was his desire to go against the Church in take upon himself what was for God to do. Also, he married so I'm sure he wasn't happy with his priestly vows of celibacy any longer.

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Why do Christians get to define what marriage is?

Simply put, from both the natural law and revelation found in Sacred Scripture.

Genesis 2:20b …but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; 22 and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called Woman,

because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

There's more that one can get into but this early passage shows the origin of marriage from the start.

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Who performs the Sacrament of Penance? How is it performed?

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation Uof is performed by both the confessor (priest), who is in persona Christie (person of Christ) and the penitent or person confessing their sins. This is the matter of the Sacrament.

The form of the Sacrament takes place with the (don't quote me on terms here) the intro or initiation where the penitent starts, “Bless me father for I have sinned…” Then they go on to state the time between this and their previous confession. The confessor or priest goes on to read a passage of Scripture in some cases or allow the penitent to state their sins.

Once completed, the penitent may state likely states that they're sorry for committing those sins and the confessor offers some words of encouragement and advice.

From there the penitent is instructed to make their Act of Contrition and once completed the confessor will typically absolve in the Name of Christ and provide a penitential act which completes the Sacrament and restores the saving grace of Christ in the penitent.

A good thing is to do an examination of conscience prior to confession (sin committed vis-a-vis the 10 Commandments). Also, provide number of sins and be exact as possible but you don't have to give the gory details.

Also, bear in mind that if a penitent knowingly decides the priest, hides something or is not truly contrite – perfect or not – their confession is invalid despite receiving a solution from the priest. This is because the only person who can forgive mortal sin is Our Blessed Lord Jesus.

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Did Martin Luther have any political or economic motivations for the reformation?

Quite honestly, from what I know about him no. Though there was apparently a more personal motivation and that was his desire to go against the Church in take upon himself what was for God to do. Also, he married so I'm sure he wasn't happy with his priestly vows of celibacy any longer.

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Why do Christians get to define what marriage is?

Simply put, from both the natural law and revelation found in Sacred Scripture.

Genesis 2:20b …but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; 22 and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called Woman,

because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

There's more that one can get into but this early passage shows the origin of marriage from the start.

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Who performs the Sacrament of Penance? How is it performed?

The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation Uof is performed by both the confessor (priest), who is in persona Christie (person of Christ) and the penitent or person confessing their sins. This is the matter of the Sacrament.

The form of the Sacrament takes place with the (don't quote me on terms here) the intro or initiation where the penitent starts, “Bless me father for I have sinned…” Then they go on to state the time between this and their previous confession. The confessor or priest goes on to read a passage of Scripture in some cases or allow the penitent to state their sins.

Once completed, the penitent may state likely states that they're sorry for committing those sins and the confessor offers some words of encouragement and advice.

From there the penitent is instructed to make their Act of Contrition and once completed the confessor will typically absolve in the Name of Christ and provide a penitential act which completes the Sacrament and restores the saving grace of Christ in the penitent.

A good thing is to do an examination of conscience prior to confession (sin committed vis-a-vis the 10 Commandments). Also, provide number of sins and be exact as possible but you don't have to give the gory details.

Also, bear in mind that if a penitent knowingly decides the priest, hides something or is not truly contrite – perfect or not – their confession is invalid despite receiving a solution from the priest. This is because the only person who can forgive mortal sin is Our Blessed Lord Jesus.

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Why are some people opposed to gay couples being allowed to adopt children?

Simply put, most who oppose the adoption of children by gay couple hold the view that all children have the right to a mother and a father. To deny this right to the children denies them the children the unique parental qualities of each gender/role.

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Why are some people opposed to gay couples being allowed to adopt children?

Simply put, most who oppose the adoption of children by gay couple hold the view that all children have the right to a mother and a father. To deny this right to the children denies them the children the unique parental qualities of each gender/role.

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Who was the first pope who actually carried the title during his lifetime?

Based on my short research it seems that Pope Siricius is the earliest to use the title in reference to the office as we know it today. That said, pope simple means papa or father, which is a more widely used term in referencing Catholic priests and bishops.

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