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How can there be a general judgment and a particular judgment?
answered by Catholic Answers Staff
The purpose of the general judgment is not to redetermine one’s standing with God but to reveal the full ramifications of all our…
Why do some Eastern-rite Catholics pray for saints?
While Jason Evert makes an interesting response to the question regarding the theology behind the Byzantine rite’s prayer for the…
Should the host be broken as the priest says "He broke the bread..."?
answered by Jimmy Akin
No, he should not. The breaking of the host is known as the "fraction," and there is a special place for it in the Mass—namely, in…
Is it proper to ask publicly for the prayers of a deceased person who is not beatified?
answered by Peggy Frye
While we can privately invoke the intercession of anyone we hope is in heaven or purgatory, a person cannot be invoked in public prayer…
Can Catholics be cremated? I was taught that cremation is a pagan ritual and therefore forbidden.
answered by Karl Keating
Early Christians opposed cremation because pagans often cremated their dead as a sign of disdain for the Christian's belief in the physical…
Did the Church suppress the Gospel of Thomas because it was afraid of what it contained?
Not on your life. Though we had fragments of it earlier, a complete copy of the so-called Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945. Once…
Is it possible for a person with a mortal sin still on his soul to die and go to heaven?
answered by Jan Wakelin
No. "To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him forever by our own…
How can you take Jesus' words about being "born of water and the Spirit" literally?
Later in this chapter Jesus says, "He who does not believe is condemned already" (Jn 3:18). Almost no one thinks that all people (including…
How do I answer the charge that letting priest marry would prevent scandals like the recent ones?
answered by Karl Keating
There is no statistical evidence that unmarried people are more likely than married people to fall into the sins you mentioned. Most…
Were Jesus' words about "eating his body" just a metaphor meant to shake up his listeners?
I say, if Jesus’ hearers were not ready for his "real point," and if that "real point" was faith, then why did Jesus go on at such…
Some of my non-Catholic friends say the Church is satanic. What can I do?
answered by Mario Derksen
If the Catholic Church is accused of being satanic, that is no more than its Founder, Jesus Christ, was accused of. When our Lord was on…
What is the biblical reason Catholics pray to saints for intercession?
answered by Jason Evert
No one prays to dead saints, because those in heaven are more alive than we are. The Lord is God of the living, not of the dead. The…