Open Forum

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7pm ET

There is no sacristy in my parish, and the Eucharistic ministers don’t seem to dispose of the Eucharist very reverently because of this. We also tend to have the penitential rite omitted. At what point do we cross the line from something not being the best practice and becoming a liturgical abuse?

I am going to the Vatican and want to bring some objects to be blessed. I am unsure if there are certain items that are not suitable to be blessed since they will not be used in my spiritual practices. For example, can I have my Knights of Columbus ring blessed?

My husband asked me that if our daughter came home and said she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, what would I do? He is atheist and my explanation that I have faith is not sufficient for him. He also asks for evidence of Jesus’ existence.

What is the Catholic theological stance on the physical makeup of man? I have heard there is some historical discrepancy on this topic.

Where does process theology stand in reference to the Church’s teachings?

My mother is in a non-Catholic marriage. She wants to receive communion but has had different answers from priests on whether or not she is able. What is the right answer or where can I find it?

I am looking for a resource to help me understand the differences between the teachings of the different Christian denominations.

Can you help me understand prayer better, specifically prayer intentions? If God is all-powerful and all-loving, how do my prayers for a loved one help?

Why can we say the ordination of women is part of the ordinary magisterium of the church, but limbo is not considered part of the ordinary magisterium? What is the essential difference between these two issues, and how does this not open a can of worms in that the definition of the ordinary magisterium is nebulous?

The Blessed Mother gave us the Rosary. Why was it okay for Saint Pope John Paul II to add another set of mysteries to the rosary?