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Anxious as death draws nearFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was a fallen-away Catholic for 20 years, but I finally made it to confession. I had been unfaithful to my marriage, and my question is this: How can God forgive me for so much sin, and did I tell ...

Baptism during COVID? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy about five months ago. He has not been baptized yet, due to concerns around COVID-19. Our current plan is to wait until grandparents, godparents, ...

Reason for celibacyFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife and I recently came into communion with the Roman Catholic Church. I know that a hot-button topic in the Church is the question of whether there should be married priests. I have slowly come ...

Conflicted about cremation Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I've been having conflicting ideas about cremation. My husband wants to be cremated; at first, I was all for it, but now I'm having a difficult time with that decision. I know in the Apostles' Creed ...

'Return to dust?'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Ash Wednesday is nearing and soon we will receive ashes on our forehead and be told, "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return." With Catholic teaching about an eventual resurrection ...

Praying for all the dead Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have often heard in church the prayer which goes, "May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace." It has caused me to wonder why we pray only for the souls of the faithful ...

Holy Family: Egypt or Nazareth?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. We have just read several accounts of the birth of Christ during Masses after Christmas. In reading Luke 2:39-40 and Matthew 2:13-15, it appears that there is a difference as to what happened after ...

How are non-Catholics forgiven? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Catholics are blessed to have the sacrament of reconciliation. But what about other faiths? How do non-Catholics have their sins forgiven? (Honolulu) A. The Catholic Church has a long history of the ...