A forum of Catholic Thought

Refuse to baptize?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can a priest refuse to christen a child born out of wedlock? (Mason Neck, Virginia) A. The answer -- which may not be the one you were expecting or wanted -- is, "It depends." Simply that the child's ...

Married Catholic priests? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have been a Catholic since birth (over 50 years), but I am still learning things about my religion. Recently we were at a wedding in another city, and the priest who performed the ceremony told us ...

Is yoga communing with devil?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife was recently at a gathering of her prayer group that meets every week. At the end of this particular meeting, a deacon spoke to the group and said something that has disturbed both of us. He ...

Military action against the Islamic State group? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. How does a Christian react to a terrorist group like the Islamic State group (IS)? Praying for their salvation is important, but it may not be sufficient. Negotiating with them seems impossible, ...

Non-Catholics in heaven?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Has the Catholic Church ever considered for canonization an individual who had not been a Catholic? If not, why not? Are we still suggesting that only Catholics go to heaven? (Heber Springs, Arkansas) A. ...

Images of Mary Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am wondering how the common representation of Mary in art form came to be. Whether in Nativity scenes, statues or paintings, she is usually shown as being Caucasian (or at least European), with a ...

Response to 'The Keepers'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My husband was brought up a Catholic and has always been very committed to the church. I am a convert, and we are raising all of our kids in the Catholic faith. Two of my sons (who are now young adults) ...

No heaven? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am 86 years old. I was baptized as a child, educated for 12 years in Catholic schools and am still a regularly practicing Catholic. Some weeks ago, I read a column of yours that absolutely floored ...