Open Forum

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 - 7pm ET

I want to become Catholic, but my dad is a Protestant pastor and forbids it. I’m 17 years old. What should I do? Are there any legal issues with me joining the Church without his consent?

My husband just became Catholic. I want him to take more of a leadership role in our spiritual life, but he says he’s new and can’t teach me anything. He gets upset when I talk about it. How can I encourage him to be our spiritual leader?

With the intercessory priesthood it seems like the Catholic Church has stitched together the veil that was torn over the Holy of Holies. Why can’t we just go straight to Jesus, like the woman with the hemorrhage in Mark 5?

How do we reconcile all the violence in the Old Testament with the Church’s teaching against war?

If God is all-knowing and perfect, why does it seem that in the Old Testament he didn’t see certain things, and why would he implement an imperfect sacrificial system rather than just send Jesus earlier?

How is the pantheon of gods of ancient religions different than the Catholic teaching of different saints with their various “specialty” that Catholics pray to?

Is it possible to be Catholic and still be pro-choice?

I recently heard people change the name of the gift of the Holy Spirit “Fear of the Lord” changed to “Awe and Wonder of the Lord.” That seems weird to me. Is there a reason for that?

Does the doctrine of “No salvation outside the Church” apply to Protestants?

I know that we can offer our suffering up for other people’s pains. Can we also offer our sufferings up to alleviate Jesus’s suffering on the cross?

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.