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Text of creedFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My recollection is that the text of the Mass in English was rewritten about 20 years ago -- to be a more accurate translation and to eliminate sexist references. I wonder, however, if they missed something: ...

Concern for my grandchildren Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am the grandmother of two beautiful children -- ages four and 16 months. My son, the father of these grandchildren, no longer practices his faith and is married to a non-Catholic. When I approached ...

Disposing of religious articlesFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. What is the proper way to dispose of the medals, rosaries, small crucifixes, etc., that many Catholic organizations mail out unsolicited? (I have enough of everything!) (Atlanta) A. Perhaps surprisingly, ...

Responsibility re: lesbian friend Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. One of my close friends, whom I met through the church, is a parish youth worker. The girl she lives with is a lesbian, although I believe that they do not share sexual relations. Lately, though, my ...

Stand or kneel for Communion?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. A few months back, you answered a question about whether to stand or kneel when receiving Communion. You said the decision is left to national conferences of bishops and that in the United States, ...

Baptize great-granddaughter? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our granddaughter was not raised Catholic. Now she has a two-month-old baby. Can I baptize the baby? (Chances are the parents will wait until she's a teen to decide. But I feel that she needs the graces ...

Distractions in prayerFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a layman who likes to pray the Divine Office. When I am praying this (or reading other prayers), if I am distracted, should I go back and reread those sections? (Worcester, Massachusetts) A. ...

Obligation for televised Mass? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. During the current coronavirus pandemic, when we are not obligated to attend Mass, I believe that we should be required to watch the Mass on television when possible. Does this obligation vary from ...