The World's Toughest Catholic Quiz (Based On Karl Keating)

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From "This Rock" - the magazine of Catholic Answers "Some call it "the pop quiz from hell. " Others call it things we can't print in a family magazine. You are about to find out if you know as much about your faith as you claim to know. Take it from me: Your ego will suffer. But don't fall into despair. Most Catholics (some priests included, alas) will answer most of these questions incorrectly.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In the Mass...
    • A. 

      Jesus is symbolized by the bread and wine from the moment of consecration onward.

    • B. 

      Jesus is spiritually present when the community gathers in prayer under the leadership of the priest and ceases to be spiritually present when the priest leaves the sanctuary.

    • C. 

      Jesus is physically present along with the bread and wine once the consecration has occurred.

    • D. 

      Jesus is present, and the bread and wine are not present, after the consecration.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 2. 
    After the consecration...
    • A. 

      The host on the paten is Jesus' body, and the contents of the chalice are Jesus' blood.

    • B. 

      The host symbolizes Jesus' body, and the wine symbolizes Jesus' blood.

    • C. 

      The host is both Jesus' body and blood, and the wine is both Jesus' body and blood.

    • D. 

      Jesus' body and blood are really present with the bread and the wine, and this is called the Real Presence.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 3. 
    The consecration of the Eucharist...
    • A. 

      Can be performed by a Catholic priest or by a priest of an Eastern Orthodox church.

    • B. 

      Can be performed by a Catholic priest only if he celebrates Mass with at least two witnesses.

    • C. 

      Can be performed by Catholic priests and Anglican priests so long as they have the proper intention and pronounce the correct words of consecration.

    • D. 

      Can be performed by deacons and specially-commissioned lay persons in emergency situations.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      If fewer than half the people present hold hands during the Our Father.

    • B. 

      If the priest omits the opening sign of the cross and the Nicene Creed.

    • C. 

      If the priest celebrates Mass while he is in the state of mortal sin.

    • D. 

      If the priest ad libs any part of the canon.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      There is one God who manifests himself in the three distinct roles of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    • B. 

      Since the Resurrection there have been four persons in the Trinity, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ the God-Man.

    • C. 

      In the Godhead there is only one divine person, and he takes on different.aspects according to his actions as Creator, Redeemer, or Sanctifier.

    • D. 

      There are three Gods who work so closely together that it is proper to call them one God.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      A priest who does not have permission to celebrate Mass until after his wife dies.

    • B. 

      A layman who may distribute Communion, marry people, baptize babies, and wear vestments.

    • C. 

      A man who has received the first level of holy orders and is neither a priest nor a layman.

    • D. 

      Forbidden to hear confessions and give absolution except in emergency situations and in the absence of a priest.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 7. 
    An archbishop...
    • A. 

      Is always an older bishop and, by canon law, must be at least 55 years of age.

    • B. 

      Has jurisdiction over all the bishops within his metropolitan area, and he may overrule their decisions.

    • C. 

      Assists the pope by voting on prospective cardinals.

    • D. 

      Is a regular bishop who has been given the honorary title of archbishop by leading bishops in his national bishops' conference.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is a defined Catholic dogma?
    • A. 

      Limbo

    • B. 

      Purgatory

    • C. 

      Both limbo and purgatory.

    • D. 

      Priestly celibacy.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 9. 
    Papal infallibility means...
    • A. 

      The pope is preserved by the Holy Spirit from committing mortal sins.

    • B. 

      Anything the pope teaches is guaranteed by the Holy Spirit to be true.

    • C. 

      The pope's teachings must be obeyed because he is under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and thus speaks for the Holy Spirit, who cannot err.

    • D. 

      The pope is incapable of teaching erroneously on matters of faith and morals when he teaches publicly and officially a doctrine for all Christians, not just Catholics, to hold.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 10. 
    Contraception is...
    • A. 

      Permissible only to married couples with the permission of their parish priest and under extenuating circumstances.

    • B. 

      Never permissible, no matter what the circumstances.

    • C. 

      Permissible if the husband and wife, after honest prayer, conclude it is right for them and do not use it selfishly.

    • D. 

      Permissible only if the wife's health would be in danger or if the husband is unable to support a large family.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 11. 
    The sacrament of confession...
    • A. 

      Must be received before receiving Communion by anyone guilty of a mortal sin since his last confession.

    • B. 

      Is entirely superfluous if you privately and sincerely confess your sins to God.

    • C. 

      Must be received by all Catholic adults at least once a year (This is one of the six precepts of the Church).

    • D. 

      Was done away with by Vatican II, except in cases of the three sins which "cry out to God for vengeance": murder, adultery, and sexism.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Jesus' human nature died on the cross.

    • B. 

      Only the human person of Jesus, not the divine person of Jesus, died on the cross.

    • C. 

      God died on the cross.

    • D. 

      Jesus' human and divine natures both died on the cross, but the universe was kept going by the Father and the Holy Spirit until Jesus' Resurrection.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 13. 
    Purgatory is...
    • A. 

      A state of natural happiness where souls of unbaptized infants and morally good non-Christians will wait until they are judged on the Last Day.

    • B. 

      A state of mild punishment for people who were not bad enough to go to hell and who were not good enough to go to heaven.

    • C. 

      A state of purification for people who die in the state of grace but who do not die with complete love for God.

    • D. 

      A temporary state where sincere people who do not die in the state of grace get a second chance to do good and thus avoid going to hell.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 14. 
    An annulment is...
    • A. 

      The canon law equivalent of a divorce under the civil law.

    • B. 

      A Church-authorized dissolution of a marriage which has failed through the infidelity of one of the spouses.

    • C. 

      A declaration that no valid marriage existed in the first place, even if there are children born during the relationship.

    • D. 

      A declaration that children born in a failed marriage are not illegitimate.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Were set up by Vatican II to oversee the work of parish priests.

    • B. 

      Prevail against the opinions of pastors if at least two-thirds of the council members agree on an issue.

    • C. 

      Advise the pastor and relieve him of administrative duties, but have no authority over him.

    • D. 

      Were instituted by Vatican II because the Church is now a democracy, not a monarchy.

    • E. 

      None of the above.

  • 16. 
    Mortal sin...
    • A. 

      Is nowhere mentioned in Scripture.

    • B. 

      Is a theological construct from the Church of the Middle Ages, and since Vatican II we recognize that there are only two kinds of sins, venial and serious.

    • C. 

      Is the same as serious sin; only the words are different.

    • D. 

      Makes it impossible for you ever to get to heaven, no matter what you do.

    • E. 

      None of the above.