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Jesus after resurrection/ 'Brother-sister' for civil marriage

Jesus after resurrection/ 'Brother-sister' for civil marriage Q. Did the resurrected Jesus have a human body? (Carrollton, Georgia) A. It is a fundamental truth of Christianity that Jesus rose from the dead in his physical body. (This differs from the doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses, who hold that the post-resurrection Christ was spiritual, not physical.) Chr...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Dementia and the sacraments/ Proper attire for eucharistic ministers

Q. I bring holy Communion to a local nursing home. Of the 66 Catholics there, many of them have no visitors. Those with dementia are asked whether they would like to receive the Eucharist, and if they say yes, I give them the host. It saddens me that Jesus suffered to give us his mercy in confessio...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

USCCB Administrative Committee announces actions regarding sexual abuse

WASHINGTON – On Sept. 19, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee issued a statement in response to the recent sex-abuse scandals. The bishops pledge to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us.” Following is an excerpt from...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Encuentro reflects 'energy, maturity' of a church 'here to stay'

Encuentro reflects 'energy, maturity' of a church 'here to stay' Editor’s note – Sharon Burns, director of the Diocese of Evansville’s Office of Hispanic Ministry, will report on V Encuentro in the Oct. 5 issue of The Message. GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- The thousands of Hispanic Catholic ministry leaders who gathered in Texas for the Fifth Natio...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tradition of lighting candles/Better to go to church or be kind?

Tradition of lighting candles/Better to go to church or be kind?               Q. I have asked several people this, but no one seems to know: Why do Catholics light candles in church? When did this tradition start, and what was the reason? (Troy, New York)        ...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Father Kenneth Doyle's Question Corner

Q. I have always been against the death penalty -- since the prisoner is behind bars and removed from doing further harm to the public. But a recent piece in The Wall Street Journal included statements by criminals who said that they were not as aggressive with victims when they knew there was a de...
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Archbishop Chaput to pope: Cancel youth synod, meet about bishops

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is asking Pope Francis to call off the Synod of Bishops on young people this October to focus instead on the life of the bishops.             "I have written the Holy Father a...
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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Pope says he trusts people to judge archbishop's claims about him

Pope says he trusts people to judge archbishop's claims about him ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM DUBLIN (CNS) – Pope Francis said Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's long document calling on him to resign is written in a way that people should be able to draw their own conclusions.    "I read the statement this morning and, sincerely, I must s...
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Former U.S. nuncio alleges broad cover-up

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – A former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused church officials, including Pope Francis, of failing to act on accusations of abuse of conscience and power by now-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.           ...
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

USCCB president seeks papal audience, answers to former nuncio's questions

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he is "eager for an audience" with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops' plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.             In an Aug. 27...
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Thursday, August 30, 2018