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Scattering ashesFather Kenneth Doyle

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 be ...

Can blessed automobile be auctioned? Father Kenneth Doyle

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 auction ...

Responsibility for grandchildrenFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our daughter has moved back to our area after a divorce, along with her two children -- now ages 8 and 10. The children are baptized; the older one has made her first Communion and the younger one ...

Dispensation from abstinence Father Kenneth Doyle

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 steak ...

God present in prisonFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. A recent letter in your column from an inmate in Jefferson City, Missouri, has been in my heart in such strong way that I had to write. (Editor's Note: That letter was from someone who had been ...

The 'Catholic' Ten Commandments Father Kenneth Doyle

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 idols ...

Grandparent as baptismal sponsor?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Both my daughter and I left the church some years back, although for different reasons. I returned to regular practice about a year and a half ago, and my daughter is thinking of returning as well. ...

Burial of unbaptized Father Kenneth Doyle

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 his.) ...