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Burial of unbaptizedFather 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.) ...

Preference for death penalty Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My question as a faithful Catholic is this: Is it wrong for me to pray daily and unceasingly for death? I have been in prison now for 25 years. I am so tired of this existence that I am seeking legal ...

Pray for Judas Iscariot?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Does it make sense to pray for salvation for Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus? It seems that throughout the history of Christianity, he has been vilified and no one has mentioned that, ...

Agoraphobia and Mass attendance Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Togetherness seems to have become such an integral part of Catholicism, and extroverts tend to look disdainfully at those who prefer to sit at the end of the pew, are shy about grasping hands, shudder ...

OK to write off church donations?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In Matthew's Chapter 6 (v. 3-4), Jesus says, "When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret ...

Reaction on leaving Mass early Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In one of your recent columns, a Kentucky reader expressed an opinion about people who leave Mass right after receiving Communion. You said that when that happens, it bothers you, too. I will tell ...

Eulogies at Catholic funeralsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I recently attended a funeral Mass for a friend -- not at my own parish. The pastor informed the family of the deceased that there could be no eulogy given in church -- before, during or after the ...

Changing God's mind? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I'm confused about something and would be grateful for your help. Does prayer change God's mind? Can someone be moved to the head of the line if we pray hard enough? (Cuba, Missouri) A. To answer ...