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Why has the Catholic Church never recognised St Patrick as an “official ” Saint?

St. Patrick is a recognized (declared) saint: Saint Patrick

There are cases whereby some saints were done so popular demand or cultural acceptance, such as St. Christopher (depicted carrying a child Christ across a river), that were removed – so to speak – during Pope Benedict’s papacy due to lack of evidence etc.

These saints were never “officialy” recognized per say. That's why the Church goes through a vigorous investigation of claims and evidence prior to beatification or canonization.

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Why has the Catholic Church never recognised St Patrick as an “official ” Saint?

St. Patrick is a recognized (declared) saint: Saint Patrick

There are cases whereby some saints were done so popular demand or cultural acceptance, such as St. Christopher (depicted carrying a child Christ across a river), that were removed – so to speak – during Pope Benedict’s papacy due to lack of evidence etc.

These saints were never “officialy” recognized per say. That's why the Church goes through a vigorous investigation of claims and evidence prior to beatification or canonization.

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If you can pray for the last time of your life, what will you pray for?

Jesus, mercy.

The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen recounted an encounter once with a woman who asked him to visit her brother who was dying in a hospital and had left the Church, angry at God. A convert to atheism even.

Sheen tells the story in his “Sheen” Catechism dubbing this the “"Divine Invasion.” He tells how he visited the hospital daily taking baby steps with this ailing soul; slowly making his way into the room and eventually conversing with him.

When he was in the room words were said and the man wanted Sheen out. Sheen responded by stating hag he had brought the Good Lord along too and asking the man if he wanted Him out as well. Sheen of course was referring to Jesus’ Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The man fell silent and Sheen left but not before asking the man to say “"Jesus, mercy” if and when he felt the pull of death.

Sheen continues and states that not long after he left he received a call from the hospital (or maybe it was upon a visit to him the following day) Sheen was informed the man died not long after Sheen left. The Venerable archbishop asked the nurses if the man said anything (there were no cell phones of course so it wouldve been near impossible to reach Sheen so to administer the Sacrament of Extreme Unction). The nurse replied that on the heels of Sheen’s departure the man started saying and repeating, “Jesus, mercy.”

That story always brings me to tears. Simply to think or utter His name and petition for mercy at my last moments would be a grace far beyond what I deserve. And I have no doubt that man received mercy and reconciliation from Jesus; He wants all to be saved – though not all will be.

It is for us to freely choose.

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If you can pray for the last time of your life, what will you pray for?

Jesus, mercy.

The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen recounted an encounter once with a woman who asked him to visit her brother who was dying in a hospital and had left the Church, angry at God. A convert to atheism even.

Sheen tells the story in his “Sheen” Catechism dubbing this the “"Divine Invasion.” He tells how he visited the hospital daily taking baby steps with this ailing soul; slowly making his way into the room and eventually conversing with him.

When he was in the room words were said and the man wanted Sheen out. Sheen responded by stating hag he had brought the Good Lord along too and asking the man if he wanted Him out as well. Sheen of course was referring to Jesus’ Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The man fell silent and Sheen left but not before asking the man to say “"Jesus, mercy” if and when he felt the pull of death.

Sheen continues and states that not long after he left he received a call from the hospital (or maybe it was upon a visit to him the following day) Sheen was informed the man died not long after Sheen left. The Venerable archbishop asked the nurses if the man said anything (there were no cell phones of course so it wouldve been near impossible to reach Sheen so to administer the Sacrament of Extreme Unction). The nurse replied that on the heels of Sheen’s departure the man started saying and repeating, “Jesus, mercy.”

That story always brings me to tears. Simply to think or utter His name and petition for mercy at my last moments would be a grace far beyond what I deserve. And I have no doubt that man received mercy and reconciliation from Jesus; He wants all to be saved – though not all will be.

It is for us to freely choose.

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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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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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