Q. Can anyone other than a priest or deacon do a Catholic blessing?
Q. I have long wondered why the priest mixes water with the wine at the offertory of the Mass. I have done some research and learned that this was the practice as early as the second century, but I don’t understand why it is done.
Q. What is so wrong with watching porn? It is just the human body, and it doesn’t seem to hurt anyone.
Q. As a practicing Catholic, what should be my answer when my Protestant friends ask me why my Church does not ordain women to the priesthood?
Q. I believe in the evolutionary theory of creation and have never given much thought to its impact on Christianity until recently. While talking to a priest, he mentioned that Adam and Eve were fictional characters who have provided generations with lessons on good and evil and who also provided the foundation for redemption.
Q. My friend said that frequently at his parish they recite neither the Gloria nor the creed at weekday Mass. I knew that during certain periods of the year, the Gloria was not recited, but I thought that the creed was always used. Has something changed with the Mass that I am not aware of?
Q. My dad died, but I think he was agnostic. He never clearly claimed Jesus. He tolerated faith in my mom and in us, but he never gave any indication that it reached him. Is he in heaven?
Q. Is Pope Francis still bound by the religious vows he professed as a Jesuit? I would imagine that Ignatian spirituality still plays a large role in his daily life, but is he still technically a member of the religious order? As pope, would he no longer be subject in obedience to the Jesuit Superior General?
Q. When am I supposed to offer my opinion? For example, I have a friend who conceived a child through in vitro fertilization. Am I supposed to tell her that was wrong?
Q. Every summer, my husband and I go on a cruise. Only one cruise line (Holland America) continues to have a priest on board to say Mass. On other cruise lines, we have missed Sunday Mass because there was no priest on board. Is missing Mass in such circumstances a mortal sin?