Canonization going beyond the Catholic church and marriage outside the Catholic church.
There are multiple letters refer to the inappropriateness regarding usage of cellphones during Mass and the validity of sacraments administered by troubled priest.
Worship is a pastor’s highest responsibility, and the experience of worship must always be prayerful, not distracting or distressing.
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 […]
Should a baby born in danger of dying be baptized by a nurse and why do we genuflect using the right knee in church.
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. 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: Genesis 2:3 says that, after creating the universe, God “rested from all the work he had done.” Since the church has always viewed the seventh day (Sunday) as holy, a day of rest and worship, is it right to go shopping on Sunday (which means that store clerks have to work on that day)? […]
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 […]