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Pope Francis and civil unionsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Why is the Pope approving of civil unions for homosexuals? Isn't this still one of the deadly sins? (Lexington, Indiana) A. First, to clarify: I have never seen homosexuality mentioned as one of the ...

Pray for president-elect? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. We have been parishioners for more than 25 years in a small-town Catholic church. Last Sunday at Mass, we were asked to pray for President-elect Joe Biden. Then we were asked to pray (as always) for ...

Go back to parish or not?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our bishop has suggested that the elderly and those with compromised immune systems not attend Mass in person right now. Since I fit into both of these categories, I have not been going to Mass. I ...

'For all' or 'for many' Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Why was the wording of the blessing of the wine at Mass changed from "for you and for all" to "for you and for many?" Didn't Christ die for all of us? Can you please shed some much-needed light on ...

'Catholic' Bible vs. King JamesFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was raised Catholic and love my religion. But my brother has become a Pentecostal. He says that the King James Bible was published before the Catholic one and that Catholics added other books to ...

Vaccine from aborted fetuses Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have been reading about vaccines being developed that use cell lines from aborted fetuses. Can you explain to me the Catholic teaching with regard to using these cell lines? (Albany, New York) A. ...

Marrying an 'anti-Catholic'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My goddaughter is considering marrying a man who will not get married in the Catholic Church and says that their children will not be raised Catholic. If she does this, can she still attend Mass and ...

Did Jesus rise 'again?' Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am confused about a statement which is in both the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. It says that Jesus "rose again" from the dead. When did he rise the first time? (City and state withheld) A. ...