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Marriage and annulments: continuing the discussion

Marriage and annulments: continuing the discussion

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

In a previous column I wrote about how Christ’s words regarding divorce and remarriage give an ultimate weight to marriage. I wrote how, when a person enters into a sacramental marriage, it is an unbreakable bond. An annulment does not “undo” the sacrament of marriage, but establishes that a sacrament never existed in the first place.

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How often do priests go to confession? Sign of cross when passing a church?

How often do priests go to confession? Sign of cross when passing a church?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

I have often heard priests encouraging Catholics to go to confession more regularly, and I’m wondering how often priests themselves go to confession. Is there a rule on this? And if there is no rule, what is the general practice?

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Overcome spiritual blindness: See the world through the eyes of God

Overcome spiritual blindness: See the world through the eyes of God

| Deacon Joseph Kavuma | March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Midway into the Lenten season, on this fourth Sunday we encounter Jesus healing the blind man.

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Annulment criteria: Did a sacramental marriage exist?

Annulment criteria: Did a sacramental marriage exist?

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

What’s the concept of an annulment? It seems like it is just a term for “Catholic divorce.”

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Dating after a divorce? Capitalize deity pronouns?

Dating after a divorce? Capitalize deity pronouns?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Q. A few years ago, I fell away from the practice of my Catholic faith. During that time, I ended up marrying a man who was very abusive verbally and mentally. I divorced him recently, but not without waiting and praying for a change in behavior that would save the marriage.

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Three godparents? How binding are Catholic movie ratings?

Three godparents? How binding are Catholic movie ratings?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Only two godparents can sign her baptismal certificate and feels awkward about telling the couple that one of them cannot sign. What should she do?

What is a Catholic’s obligation regarding the movie ratings issued by the Catholic News Service?

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People power: Popular devotion is key factor in sainthood process

People power: Popular devotion is key factor in sainthood process

| Cindy Wooden | February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The sainthood process is long and technically complicated, and ultimately requires the approval of the pope, but the whole procedure is driven by Catholics in the pews and, especially, those on their knees.

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What’s wrong with playing violent video games?

What’s wrong with playing violent video games?

| January 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

“It seems pretty clear: There is no room for a Christian to find entertainment in the suffering and death of others (whether real or simulated).“

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Is there a Catholic ‘rule’ for everything?

Is there a Catholic ‘rule’ for everything?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Is everything Catholics do covered by a rule, and how is the ordinary person supposed to know every rule?

Is a Catholic allowed to listen to and heed the advice of preachers from other religions?

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Must I ‘fess up’ to a person I’ve wronged?

Must I ‘fess up’ to a person I’ve wronged?

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

“One question to ask could be: Would my confession to this person bring healing to our friendship, or would it merely bring relief to me? In many cases, one’s desire to ‘confess’ is to avoid the pain of dealing with one’s own guilt, not because admission of guilt would restore wholeness to the relationship.”

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What is the Divine Office? Fulton Sheen a saint?

What is the Divine Office? Fulton Sheen a saint?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office and the breviary all refer to the same thing: namely, an official set of prayers that is required to be recited by members of the Catholic clergy and monastic communities.

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Tips to help you go to confession

Tips to help you go to confession

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

Q. This Advent, I think that I need to go to confession, but it has been a really long time for me. I’m afraid I’ll get in there and do something wrong. How do I start?

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