Open Forum

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 - 7pm ET

I have not noticed processions during Lent and Holy Week here in the United States. I grew up in Latin America and this was not the case. Is this a cultural thing?

I was baptized Catholic, now I am in RCIA about to receive my First Communion. I am debating whether or not I should finish. If I do finish my classes, what should I expect? 

I would like some help in explaining purgatory to others. Some say that if we don’t die in a state of grace, that our suffering, rather than God’s grace, is what gives us retribution.

I made the argument to an atheist friend of mine that the apostles wouldn’t have made their many journeys and been martyred for a false belief and afalse prophet. He came back with the argument that so have Buddhists, etc. I’m not sure how to answer my friend.

If God is Jesus and Jesus is God, why doesn’t Jesus know when the end of the world is?

I have been transformed in my faith over the last several years. I grew up listening to a lot of rock music, and now I worry about a lot of these musicians who do not always live morally. Will they be saved?

From the book of Acts, I was told that when Paul spoke with the gentiles they did not need to be baptized because this was a Jewish tradition. Is this true? If so, why do Catholics get baptized? My friend says this makes us Jewish-Christians.

What is the role of godparents? What are the parents’ obligations to the godparents if they turn out to be unfit for that role?

I have heard it said on EWTN that we should not say we worship Mary. I would like an explanation for this statement.  

I am just finishing up RCIA. My girlfriend is still Protestant. She asks about infant baptism. Something she has mentioned is “repent and be baptized”; how can a baby repent? I would like to know how best to answer her.

I have begun seeing a woman who was a convert to Catholicism and now attends a non-denominational church. How do we share one another’s spirituality without neglecting our own development and faith?

101 Questions and Answers on the Sacraments of Healing: Penance and the Anointing of the Sick
The older forms of the sacraments of penance and anointing of the sick may have made them forbidding to many Catholics, but Vatican II restored them to their rightful role as places of encounter and reconciliation between the individual Catholic and the healing power of Christ through His Church. Misunderstandings still linger, however, and Father Paul Keller, experienced in parish as well as classroom settings clears them up in 101 Questions and Answers on the Sacraments of Healing.