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Father Patrick Peyton and road to sainthood/ Pray for Judas Iscariot?

Q. A friend told me recently that the cause of Father Patrick Peyton had been sent to the Vatican for sainthood. Do you know how it stands and when he might be declared a saint? (I hope and pray that … more

Funeral Mass in funeral home?/ Overpopulation and Catholic teaching

Q. In certain parts of our country, they are allowed to have the Mass of Christian Burial at funeral homes. I think this is a wonderful idea, especially for small funerals. Who makes that decision or … more

Follow-up on agoraphobia/ Grandparent as baptismal sponsor?

Q. I enjoy reading your columns in our diocesan newspaper. Recently you responded to a person who is concerned about missing Mass due to agoraphobia. (Editor's note: Agoraphobia is defined as an … more

Burial of unbaptized/ Role of deacon

Q. My son passed away recently at the age of 35. We held a memorial service for him since we could not have a funeral Mass. (He was not baptized as an infant -- which was my decision, of course, not … more

Non-sacramental marriage

Q. Recently I read an article stating that the "Catholic" Ten Commandments are different from those given to Moses. According to this article, Catholics deleted the Second Commandment -- about no … more

Annulment if husband unwilling?/ Christmas bonus for deacon?

Q: I met my husband 10 years ago, and he is a wonderful, supportive and good man. At the time, both of us had recently been divorced. Soon after, we were married in a civil ceremony. (We have a … more

Stephen Hawking and the Pope/ Prayer for end to terrorism?

Q: Stephen Hawking died recently. As I understand it, Professor Hawking claimed to have proven that God does not exist. And yet the Pope met with him and recognized his studies; why would the pope do … more

Dispensation from abstinence/ Feelings after miscarriage

Q: Please settle a dispute I am having with a colleague. Our society's annual St. Patrick's dinner is normally held on a Friday during Lent. We therefore request a dispensation in order to serve … more

Ashes for a Protestant?/ Early life of Jesus

Q: My wife is Catholic and I am Methodist. We were married 35 years ago in a Catholic church, and we raised our children as Catholic, including Catholic schools. We attend our Catholic parish … more

Can blessed automobile be auctioned?/ Catholics and the Girl Scouts

Q: A recent picture in a magazine showed Pope Francis signing a car that had been given to him. The cutline for the photo said that the pope had signed and blessed the car before putting it up for … more

Communion from the cup/ Age for fast and abstinence

Q: My friend told me that in her parish, which is a large one, only one section of the church is offered the blood of Christ. Her pastor believes that adding more eucharistic ministers would create a … more

Sidewalk ashes?/ Where to get married?

Q: After receiving ashes at an Ash Wednesday morning Mass, I returned home and turned on the television news. It showed some priests in a neighboring town who were out on the sidewalk in front of … more

Why Mass stipends?/ Marriage and consummation

Q: Why does the church solicit stipends for Mass requests? It seems that we haven't learned anything from the Protestant Reformation in 1517. I wish that the church would discontinue this practice. … more

Scattering ashes/ Feeling close to God

Q: When I die, I would like to be cremated and have my ashes scattered in a place of peace and beauty that I have already chosen. However, when I have asked a couple of priests, they say that I can … more

Straight to heaven?/ Responsibility for grandchildren

Q: What does the church teach about what happens after someone dies? The reason I bring it up is that often when I attend a Catholic funeral, I hear the priest say in a homily that the deceased is … more

Three-Mass limit?/God present in prison

Q. Recently I visited my home parish in Ohio (Diocese of Toledo). I was there to attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Dec. 24. Before Mass, the regular priest announced that there would be a substitute … more

Divorced, remarried sponsor for confirmation?

Q. I am a divorced and remarried Catholic and have been asked by my grandniece to be her sponsor for confirmation. Forty years ago, I was divorced and remarried. At that time, I was told by my pastor … more

Early life of Jesus

Q. This may be more of a history question, but could you address the life of Jesus from birth until he was 30? Did he have a normal childhood? Did he always live at home until his public ministry … more

Episcopal, Catholic priests and marriage

Q. It is well-known that for several centuries in the early days of the church, there were priests who were married -- including St. Peter and probably most of the other apostles. Today, if a married … more

The ‘Catholic’ Ten Commandments

Q. Recently I read an article stating that the “Catholic” Ten Commandments are different from those given to Moses. According to this article, Catholics deleted the Second Commandment … more
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