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Are children of an annulled marriage considered illegitimate?
In his book Annulments and the Catholic Church, canon lawyer Edward Peters explains: The granting of an annulment does nothing to affect…
Does abstinence from meat include byproducts of animals, such as eggs, cheese, and milk?
At one time Lenten abstinence from meat was much stricter than it is today. In the past, Catholics did fast from meat byproducts as well as…
Are marital relations not supposed to pleasurable because they are only for reproductive purposes?
The primary purposes of marital relations are procreation and spousal unity (babies and bonding), but that does not mean that the husband…
What is the difference between being redeemed and being saved?
Basically, redemption is collective, while salvation is individual. Christ redeemed humanity collectively from slavery to sin and from the…
Can a non-Catholic Christian groom receive Communion at his Catholic wedding?
No, the non-Catholic may not receive Communion at a Catholic wedding. Actually, not all Catholics may receive Communion. Only those who are…
Do miscarried fetuses have souls? What happens to them?
All living things have souls, and all human beings have spiritual, rational souls made in the image and likeness of God. If a human being…
Does the Church approve of Christian Seders held at parishes?
Although the Church has not expressly forbidden Christian Seders, it is also not an event of which the Church has approved for public…
Would it be wrong to sign up for health insurance that covers abortion?
No, it would not be wrong for you to sign up. Your intent is to pay for medical coverage for yourself and your family, not to pay for…
Do female Anglican priests have the same power to consecrate the Eucharist as do male Anglican priests?
The Catholic Church does not recognize the validity of Anglican orders, whether they are sought by men or women. In the Catholic Church…
Isn't it wrong for a Catholic hospital cafeteria to serve meat on Fridays in Lent?
Such cafeterias serve a wider public than Catholics alone, and it is perfectly fine for those non-Catholics to eat meat on Lenten Fridays.…
What happened to confirmation names?
The custom of adopting a saint’s name at confirmation was done in order to adopt the saint as a special heavenly patron or to honor a…
Jesus gave the Eucharist after everybody had eaten, so why do Catholics have to fast before Mass?
First of all, it is not precisely known at what point during the Last Supper that Jesus gave his disciples Communion. For all that is known…