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Donating body to scienceFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I would like to donate my remains to medical science. Does the Catholic Church approve or disapprove of this action? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. The Catholic Church not only allows this but encourages ...

The pope's security detail Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Who are the men protecting Pope Francis who are wearing suits and ties? Are they part of the Italian national police force, Swiss Guards or a private security firm? (They seem to protect the pope not ...

Sunday shoppingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a sports professional and have various opportunities for endorsement deals. Can you tell me whether it's all right to be sponsored by a brand whose stores are open on Sundays? (I know that Sunday ...

Salvation for a nonbeliever? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In a recent issue of our diocesan paper, I read an article about a conversation that had occurred in Italy between Pope Francis and a young boy. The boy -- who was both fearful and tearful, as he whispered ...

Response to helping beggarsFather Kenneth Doyle

(Editor's Note: Recently, a reader asked whether motorists should stop to give money to those begging on street corners. While acknowledging the traffic safety concerns, I confessed that I myself find ...

Mass attendance required? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. An elderly woman in our parish has terminal lung cancer. I have seen her condition deteriorate over the last two months. She is no longer driving, is very weak and is now on oxygen full time. I had ...

Pastor's role in visiting sick/Priest difficult to understandFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I read your column every week in our archdiocesan paper, and I have a question for you. What is the role of the parish priest at the time of the serious illness and death of a parish member? I recently ...

Giving beggars money Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. We live in an area where a number of homeless people routinely hold up signs on street corners asking motorists for cash. Up until now, I have been giving them money every so often, as long as they ...