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Blasphemy against Holy Spirit/Earbuds at Mass

Blasphemy against Holy Spirit/Earbuds at Mass Q. Recently I heard read at Mass these words from St. Mark's Gospel: "Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin." This puzzled me. How does...
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Bell at consecration?/Children and same-sex marriage

Bell at consecration?/Children and same-sex marriage Q. I was in a liturgy committee meeting at my parish, and I suggested that we have the altar server ring the bell at the consecration during the Mass on Easter Sunday. (We don't normally use altar bells at our parish.) One of the committee members said that the use of altar bells has been banned by...
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Annulment necessary?/'Amen' is right

Annulment necessary?/'Amen' is right Q. I was married by a minister/attorney 40 years ago. My husband was Jewish, and the marriage ended in a divorce after nine months. I now want to marry a man who is a widower. We are both active Catholics, and we want to be married in the church. Will I need to apply for an annulment? If so, how lo...
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

In Lent, do Sundays count?/One world religion?

In Lent, do Sundays count?/One world religion? Q. My mother was very religious and she always told us that during Lent, whatever you gave up -- ice cream, candy, etc. -- you could have on Sundays. Is that true? Do Sundays count as part of Lent? (Green Bay, Wisconsin) A. I'll answer your second question first, because that's the easier one: "Do...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mary inspires, assists those seeking their vocation, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Signing his document dedicated to young people, faith and discernment, Pope Francis said Mary, the mother of God, is a source of inspiration and strength for everyone who seeks to understand their vocation and remain faithful to it.       ...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Protestant and holy Communion

Protestant and holy Communion Q. My husband of 60 years will soon celebrate his 86th birthday. He is a baptized Protestant. He attends Mass with me every Sunday, does the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, comes with me for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and attends Holy Week services. The only thing he does not do is re...
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Does Jesus say ghosts exist?/Serving as witness at Protestant wedding

Does Jesus say ghosts exist?/Serving as witness at Protestant wedding Q. In a recent column, you quoted Luke 24:39 ("Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.") Are we to believe from this that Our Lord is confirming the existence of ghosts? (Virginia Beach, Virginia) A. I...
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Funeral Mass on Sunday?/Say rosary during Mass?

Funeral Mass on Sunday?/Say rosary during Mass? Q. Recently a funeral Mass was offered on a Sunday afternoon in our parish for a longtime parishioner. I believe I remember as a child being taught by the sisters in our Catholic school that funerals were never held on Sundays (except possibly in time of war or during the Middle Ages when the plagu...
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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Pope: Time for 'all-out battle' against crime of abuse

Pope: Time for 'all-out battle' against crime of abuse VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church.         ...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

USCCB President issues statement on child-protection summit

ROME—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement on Feb. 24, the final day of a four-day meeting attended by Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences from across the globe. &#...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019