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Who can give blessings? Why mix water with wine?

Who can give blessings? Why mix water with wine?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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It’s time to get serious about halting the porn epidemic

It’s time to get serious about halting the porn epidemic

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. What is so wrong with watching porn? It is just the human body, and it doesn’t seem to hurt anyone.

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Why the Church doesn’t ordain women; disrespect in church

Why the Church doesn’t ordain women; disrespect in church

| Father Kenneth Doyle | September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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?

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Adam, Eve and original sin

Adam, Eve and original sin

| Father Kenneth Doyle | September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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What did Jesus look like, and does it matter?

What did Jesus look like, and does it matter?

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. This might be a silly question, but do we know what Jesus looked like? Does it matter?

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When are creed and Gloria said? Her God and your God

When are creed and Gloria said? Her God and your God

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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?

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Who is in heaven? Answer is — ‘We just don’t know’

Who is in heaven? Answer is — ‘We just don’t know’

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

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?

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Holy Father as a Jesuit

Holy Father as a Jesuit

| Father Kenneth Doyle | July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

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?

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There’s much to consider before offering an opinion

There’s much to consider before offering an opinion

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

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?

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If God is everywhere, why go on a pilgrimage?

If God is everywhere, why go on a pilgrimage?

| Liz Kelly for The Catholic Spirit | June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

I once read that Minnesota has one of the highest numbers of perpetual Eucharistic adoration chapels in the country. Truly, God is with us.

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Is it a mortal sin to miss Mass while on a cruise?

Is it a mortal sin to miss Mass while on a cruise?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | June 19, 2014 | 3 Comments

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?

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Horoscopes and fortune cookies: all in good fun?

Horoscopes and fortune cookies: all in good fun?

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. How come we should not read the horoscope that is in the newspaper? What if I only read it for fun? What if we go to a Chinese restaurant and get a fortune cookie? Can we read that?

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