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At what age should children start to regularly attend church?
answered by Jim Blackburn
Although young children are welcome at Mass, the obligation to attend does not bind those under seven years old. The Church law that…
Can a bishop overrule the Church's laws and teachings if they deem it necessary?
answered by Peggy Frye
No. This is contrary to the clear and infallible teachings of Vatican I and II. Local bishops are not individually infallible and cannot…
Did John the Baptist and Jesus contradict each other?
answered by Michelle Arnold
In John 1:6–8, John the Baptist was being questioned by the Jewish religious leaders about whether he literally was Elijah returned…
What is the correct list of the Ten Commandments?
answered by Jim Blackburn
God’s commandments as recorded in Deuteronomy 5:6–21 and Exodus 20:2–17 seem to add up to more than ten, so it is not…
How can I refute my colleague's claim that truth is relative?
answered by Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.
If all truth is relative, then there is no objective truth and nothing can ever be posited as fact—including your colleague’s…
Do modern Jews believe in purgatory, as 2 Maccabees 12:45 speaks of prayers for the dead?
Although the theology of the afterlife is not highly developed in Judaism (which is due, in part, to Judaism’s emphasis on the…
Who ran the Catholic Church after John Paul II died and before Benedict XVI was elected?
During an interregnum (Latin: "between reigns"), the day-to-day business of the Church is administered by the cardinal camerlengo (…
Should Robin Hood be considered a hero given that he stole?
By taking the goods from the sheriff of Nottingham’s treasure wagons and giving them to the poor, Robin Hood was actually reclaiming…
Is it permissible to have nocturnal adoration from the night of Holy Thursday into the morning of Good Friday?
After the Mass of the Lord’s Supper [on Holy Thursday], the faithful should be encouraged to spend a suitable period of time during…
Why do Matthew and Mark list Thaddeus in the names of apostles, but Luke mentions another Judas?
The apostle Thaddeus mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew (10:3) and Mark (3:18) is one and the same as the first Judas mentioned in Luke (6…
What is "anonymous" confession?
answered by Catholic Answers Staff
One confesses anonymously when one kneels behind a privacy screen and does not confess face to face with the priest. In the decades before…
Can non-Catholics participate in the gestures at Mass?
As a congregant, a non-Catholic is allowed to do as much as do Catholics in the pews with the exception of receiving Communion. You can…