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Is Baptism by water "Baptism in the Holy Spirit?" Can medical research on incapacitated patients ever be justified? Is Baptism by water "Baptism in the Holy Spirit?" Question:  I have often heard the phrase “Baptism in the Holy … [Read more...]

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What is the New Evangelization? What to do when a chalice of consecrated wine spills before communion?   What is the New Evangelization? Question: I have heard much about the New Evangelization to which Pope John Paul II so … [Read more...]

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Is Guilt Always Wrong? Repetition of Apostolic Blessing with Plenary Indulgence? Is Guilt Always Wrong? Question: I have heard that there are some religion programs for children which give the children the impression that guilt is … [Read more...]

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Justification by faith alone? Any guidelines on the nature and practice of spiritual direction within confession?    Pictured above: Martin Luther, St. Paul, and Pelagius, the heretic. Justification by Faith Alone Revisited Answer:  … [Read more...]

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Why is the Vatican investigating some orders of women religious? Why are so many Catholics, and some theologians, dissenting from Church teaching? Archbishop Sartain will work with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious … [Read more...]

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Question:  Can Catholics donate their bodies for scientific research, and, if they do, what care must be taken of the body for Christian burial? Answer: A number of dioceses have published guidelines to be used in just such cases, as … [Read more...]

Questions Answered: On Confession during Mass, and homilies given by non-ordained person

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Confession during Mass Question:  I have heard there is a new document the Holy See has issued on confession, and that that document states that confessions may be heard during Mass.  I thought this was not approved. Answer: On … [Read more...]

Questions Answered: Does Hell Exist? And, Civil Law vs. Moral Law

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Question:  I heard that, recently, some Christian theologians are denying the existence of hell?  Can you tell me if we must believe in hell? Answer:  The existence of hell is de fide from the Athanasian Creed, which teaches: “But … [Read more...]

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Judge Not. Really? Judging our neighbor; and the principle of subsidiarity.   Question:  I have found that penitents often confess judging their neighbor.  Is all judgment of our neighbor condemned by Christ? Answer:  In Matthew … [Read more...]

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Just Wage Question:  Can you explain what a just wage is, and how one would determine it? Answer:   The problem of the just wage is what has been called the “social question.”  In order to address this issue, it is necessary to … [Read more...]

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Priest altering the text of the Mass Question: I am a priest and very troubled by some of the mistranslations in the English edition of the Sacramentary, for example, “When he humbled himself to come among us as a man” in Advent … [Read more...]

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