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He Knew of Priestly Sexual Abuse and Yet Now He's a Saint
First of all, we don't know when John Paul II became fully aware of the extent of the problem of priests committing sexual abuse. Keep…
Do I Have to Go to Mass While Ill?
No. If you are sick, especially with an illness that is contagious, then you may stay home. Illness is a just reason to miss Mass on a…
Jesus' Words on the Cross
His words were an expression of divine abandonment. Jesus was fully human, and as a man was capable of feeling abandoned by God.…
The Apostolic Pardon
Fr. Charles Grondin
The anointing of the sick is the sacrament given to those who are seriously ill. The Apostolic Pardon is blessing with an indulgence…
Is Taking Steroids a Mortal Sin?
If the steroids are being taken for a legitimate therapeutic purpose, there is no sin. If they are being taken for an immoral or illegal…
Filling Prescriptions for Contraceptive Drugs
No. If a medication can be used for multiple therapeutic applications, you are free to assume that the medication will be used by the…
Why Fees for Sacramental Services
Parishes set specific amounts for weddings, baptisms, and other sacramental services because many Catholics, left to their own devices, can…
When Was Mary's Queenship Recognized?
Mary’s queenship is rooted in both Scripture and Tradition, particularly in her being the Mother of God, as Pope Pius XII reaffirmed. In…
The Church Fathers on Polygamy
I am not aware of any early Church Father who cited Christ’s one mystical Bride, the Church, as an argument against polygamy, and I double-…
Is Mary Related to Christmas?
As the Mother of Jesus (Matthew 1:18ff.), the Incarnate Word (John 1:1-3, 14), she certainly is. See also Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20.
Confession Not Obligatory During Advent
No. But when you have sins to confess, any time is a good time for confession. Catholics are bound by an obligation to confess serious…
How Do You Approach Someone Who Has Left the Church?
Approaching someone who has fallen away from the Faith can be tricky, especially when they are convinced they have made the right decision…