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Festival of the Blessed Virgin

Out of the question: David Winter reports celebrating St Mary's Patronal Festival on 17 August, the Sunday closest to the Feast of the Assumption. I don't believe that his parish is alone in this. Surely very few churches have the Assumption as their dedication; so what has caused 15 August increasingly to find favour over 8 September?

Is there a dictionary of heresies?

Out of the question: How can I learn about the various "heresies" that have arisen in the Christian Church during its 2000-year-old life? Is there a . . . Dictionary of Heresies?

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Out of the question: Why is there such an emphasis on recruiting young church members? Why not focus on the 55-65s? 

National prayer days

Out of the question: Who organised the national prayer days of the Second World War? When did they occur, and where can I learn more about them? Also, did such days of prayer also occur in the First World War?

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Out of the question: Why is Michael - an angel - a saint? Which liturgy do we use on 29 September, as the liturgy for saints in Common Worship assumes a saint was a human being? 

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A priest who regularly presides at requiem masses recently said that a requiem was not appropriate in relation to a dead baby. Why?

Nature miracles in their context

Out of the question: How can a Christian explain the occurrence of walking on water?

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How can a Christian explain the occurrence of walking on water?

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Out of the question: Why do High Anglicans now seem to neglect the feasts of the Holy Family, Sacred Heart, and Precious Blood?

Future consecrations

Out of the question: It has been customary for Orthodox bishops to be invited to participate in the consecration of Church of England bishops. Will this be appropriate when female bishops come to be consecrated?

Hope of resurrection

Out of the question: "Hope of resurrection"? I thought it was a certainty? 

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