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Mary ever-virgin/Memorial Mass for Protestant?

Mary ever-virgin/Memorial Mass for Protestant? Q. Would you please explain the apparent contradiction in the verse in Matthew's Gospel (1:25) that says, "He (Joseph) had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus"? The use of the word "until" would seem to indicate that conjugal relations may have occurred after the birt...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Salvation for non-Christians?/ Incensed by incense

Salvation for non-Christians?/ Incensed by incense Q. Recently someone close to me said that anyone who does not believe in (and follow) Jesus will not go to heaven. References were made to John 14:6 ("No one comes to the Father except through me") and Acts 4:12 ("There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven g...
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Annual poll: 75 percent of adults want abortion restrictions

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Just in time for the 2019 March for Life, an annual poll of Americans' views on abortion shows that 75 percent want "substantial" restrictions on abortion access – even as more than half of respondents describe themselves as "pro-choice."      ...
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Pope calls for leaders to protect and serve others

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In today's climate of mistrust, rejection and nationalism, the world urgently needs peacemakers and politicians who protect and lovingly serve others, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace on Jan. 1.        &...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Engagement: One long advent

Engagement: One long advent Much like Advent, engagement is supposed to be a time of joyful anticipation and preparation. "Supposed to" is the operative phrase. Most of the time, being engaged feels like what Advent felt like growing up: a long wait for something amazing that seems like it never ends.     ...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Luminous mysteries/Become Catholic to marry?

Luminous mysteries/Become Catholic to marry? Q. I love meditating on the luminous mysteries when I pray the rosary, and I am thankful that Pope John Paul II established them. The joyful mysteries highlight Jesus' early life, while the sorrowful mysteries focus on his suffering and death. The luminous mysteries highlight the "in-between time"...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Confessing a murder/ Homilist limited in English

Confessing a murder/ Homilist limited in English Q. I am an old-time Catholic. We were taught that, to be forgiven in confession, we had to: 1) be truly sorry; 2) resolve firmly never to commit the sin again; and 3) make it right (e.g., give the money back, tell people that the gossip was a lie, etc.). On television and in the movies, sometimes a...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

After 25 years, Alaska priest still loves his Russian Far East mission

WASHINGTON (CNS) – It has been 25 years and counting, but Father Michael Shields doesn't have any plans to leave the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska’s mission in Magadan, Russia, any time soon.             Father Shields, 69, loves...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Source of settlements on sex abuse/ Fee for 'nullity'

Source of settlements on sex abuse/ Fee for 'nullity' Q. The news reports of settlements made in the millions of dollars to victims of clergy sex abuse trouble me. Were there secret assets from wills and estates on reserve for that purpose? Where did all that money come from? (Metuchen, New Jersey) A. National Public Radio reported in August 2018 that...
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Can a Lutheran receive Catholic Eucharist?/ Possible to confess online?

Can a Lutheran receive Catholic Eucharist?/ Possible to confess online? Q. One of my sisters who is Lutheran recently moved to an area where there is no Lutheran church, so she started attending Mass at a nearby Catholic parish. She has been receiving the Eucharist at Mass even though she is not Catholic. She says that she asked the Catholic pastor and he said that it...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018