Open Forum

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 - 7pm ET

I’m Roman Catholic. Last week I attended an Anglican-ordinariate mass. I know you are not allowed to change rites, but what are the allowances for attending a Byzantine or Anglican-ordinariate mass?

A friend of mine is becoming Catholic and was told she needed to have her marriage validated. It wasn’t really explained to her why this needs to happen, and she is distressed. I wanted to get some further explanation for her.

What did Emperor Decius in 250 AD mean by “I’d rather see a rival to my throne, instead of another bishop to Rome”? Also, my niece asked me, how does the pope help people?

I have been married for about 6 months. Both my husband and I are Catholic. We are not in the financial situation to have a family at this time. We have been using condoms. I know the church frowns on contraception. Are we living in sin? What can we do?

My nephew was recently baptized in the Methodist church. They did not say “in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”. Is this still a valid baptism?

I heard there is a renewed investigation into the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje. I understood the local officials have said that there is nothing supernatural taking place there. Yet, masses continue to go there as pilgrims. Is it true that the apparitions are once again being investigated?  What would be the timeframe for approval of the apparitions and the communication of this to the congregation?

My wife is going through RCIA. Indulgences are one of her main hurdles. Can you provide me with further explanation to help her with this idea?

A family friend, who is a Catholic priest, was pressured by a grandmother at a family dinner to baptize a girl whose parents are not Catholics. Is this baptism valid?

Jesus teaches narrow the path, narrow the gate to heaven? If only a few get through, how do you get on the right path and through the gate?

Annulment is in the catechism, but is it in scripture?  If so, where? Is the catechism itself in scripture?

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