Open Forum

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 - 7pm ET

Does canon law say that deacons have to remain abstinent after ordination?

Is it true that if someone were to die just after receiving Communion they would go to heaven because they have the body and blood of Christ?

I have family members who don’t always go to Mass on Sundays, and when they do go they receive Communion. I’m sure they don’t go to confession beforehand. Am I obligated to say something to them? How do I handle the situation?

What is the Church’s teaching on burying statues of St. Joseph? Where did this come from?

In 1960 my father was a 23rd degree mason. One morning as a child I woke up and saw three little things about three feet tall with pointed hats walking down the hall. After that a lot of violence happened in our house. Do you think that might have been something demonic?

How do I know if a sin is mortal or venial?

I am married to a non-Catholic who was previously married to a Catholic. He refuses to seek an annulment. What are my options?

If one has committed a mortal sin like adultery, is it possible that one can repent and still go to heaven?

I’ve been away from the Church for a while due to some bad experiences. I have a lot of questions. I don’t understand why there is purgatory. Based on what I hear on the radio I suppose I shouldn’t receive communion but I’m not sure. Can you give me any guidance, or recommend something to read?

I’ve recently returned to the practice of my faith. I always want something to be in the Bible before I practice it. Is that going to happen with Catholicism?

I’m not sure if I’m Catholic or not. I was baptized a Catholic, was confirmed, and went to CCD but didn’t pay attention and then fell away. I never had a first communion because my mom told me (in the 70’s) that they were not doing the official Mass anymore. I’ve now become active in the faith, but do I need to go through RCIA? 

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