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Pope Francis and hellFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Did Pope Francis just say that there is no hell? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. No. Pope Francis did not say that there is no hell. That misinformation comes from a March 2018 article in the Italian newspaper ...

Not feeling God's forgiveness Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I confessed a grave sin more than 40 years ago and received absolution for it. I have, however, been haunted by this over the years and still feel guilt. My sin was that I had taken my 16-year-old ...

Stephen Hawking and the popeFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Stephen Hawking died recently. As I understand it, Professor Hawking claimed to have proven that God does not exist. And yet the pope met with him and recognized his studies; why would the pope do ...

Beatitudes and DACA Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently I read an article in a Catholic magazine that suggested that, in addition to the Ten Commandments, we should use the beatitudes when examining our conscience before going to confession. This ...

Cremation and relicsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. In a recent answer regarding cremation, you explained the church's position that the cremated remains should be kept together and buried -- not scattered or divided up among family members (for example, ...

Communion from the cup Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My friend told me that in her parish, which is a large one, only one section of the church is offered the blood of Christ. Her pastor believes that adding more eucharistic ministers would create a ...

Early life of JesusFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. This may be more of a history question, but could you address the life of Jesus from birth until he was 30? Did he have a normal childhood? Did he always live at home until his public ministry began? ...

Scattering ashes Father 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 ...