There are multiple letters refer to the inappropriateness regarding usage of cellphones during Mass and the validity of sacraments administered by troubled priest.
Fr. Doyle offers advice on Communion and persons with disabilities as well as the preaching frequency of deacons.
Christ’s resurrection being “unnoticed” by civil and religious would not have happened due to guards that reported back to the chief priests.
Q. Is it true that men born out of wedlock cannot enter the priesthood? (Philadelphia) A. No, that is not true. But your question does reflect a lengthy period in the church’s history when illegitimacy was ruled a barrier. The Council of Poitiers, under Pope Paschal II, determined in the late 11th century that being […]
Q. Would you please print a prayer of protection against tornadoes? Tornado warnings get my full attention. Recently, six tornadoes touched down here in Middle Tennessee on the same day. The television news had warned that the last of the six was headed to the next road over from ours. That is too close for […]
Q. When Jesus was dying on the cross, according to the Gospel, he cried out, “My God, why have you abandoned me?” Why was he saying this? Did he really feel that his Father had abandoned him? (Coxs Creek, Kentucky) A. Half a century ago, when I first began to think about the meaning of […]
Q. I have been wondering about the origin of the Hail Mary prayer. I realize that the first part is from the Scriptures, when Mary is greeted by her cousin Elizabeth, but when was the complete prayer introduced in the church and who were its authors? (Northern New Jersey) A. As to the first part […]
Q. I enjoy reading your column in our archdiocesan newspaper, The Criterion, and I am hoping that you can help with something I have always wondered about: Why, at the end of the “Glory be to the Father,” do we say “world without end”? (Indianapolis) A. Your question serves as a good reminder of how […]
Q. I have always observed the fast and abstinence rules during Lent, but this year I find myself in a weird situation. Last summer, I decided no longer to eat any animal products — a decision I made for my health. So abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent is no longer a sacrifice for […]
Q: Growing up in our family, God always came first. Our parents taught us to love and respect the Eucharist, especially when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the altar. (We would genuflect and bow.) Our parish church now exposes the Eucharist before Sunday Mass. I am shocked to see people (young and old) come […]
Q: I am a caregiver for my elderly mother and also for another woman, who is 95. My goal in life, at this point, is to help my mother to be happy. (She was severely abused by my father, who later committed suicide.) Sometimes I buy little gifts for my mother, and she always asks […]