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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 | 4 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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Explaining the crucifix to a child; receiving Communion

Explaining the crucifix to a child; receiving Communion

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

How does one explain Jesus on the cross to a 4-year-old?
Is there a best way to receive Jesus, or does it matter?

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Guilt and shame can lead to changing for the good

Guilt and shame can lead to changing for the good

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

I struggle a lot with guilt and shame. What should I do about it?

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Is Communion complete with just the host? What is ‘buying a Mass’?

Is Communion complete with just the host? What is ‘buying a Mass’?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | April 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

I have noticed that, at Communion, some people will take the host but not drink from the chalice. Is Communion complete when you consume the Body but not the Blood? Also, why do some churches still provide only the host at Communion?

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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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Annulment criteria: Did a sacramental marriage exist?

Annulment criteria: Did a sacramental marriage exist?

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 13, 2014 | 5 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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What’s wrong with playing violent video games?

What’s wrong with playing violent video games?

| January 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

“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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