Prayer before doxology?
Q: At the end of the Protestant Lord’s Prayer, there’s a doxology. The Catholic tradition has a different prayer before the doxology. What’s the history to this prayer? (Hilton Head, SC) A: The Lord’s Prayer is properly titled since it was given to humanity by the Lord Jesus when the Apostles asked him to teach […]
Why can’t we scatter ashes?
Q: Why is it that we can’t scatter the ashes of our loved ones but we can cut up and distribute body parts of saints? (Aiken, SC) A: It’s true, at first glance, the two practices could seem complementary/similar. So your question arises, why is one permitted while the other is prohibited. First, it’s worth […]
Were the Apostles married?
Q: Were any of the Apostles married? If so, what happened to their families? (Hilton Head, SC) A: This is a great question that involves a lot of history and spiritual speculation. In going through some of these sources, we should be careful not to jump to false applications to the life of the Church […]
Explaining LGBTQ teaching
Q: How are we supposed to explain to children that the notions and behaviors of the LGBTQ community are not natural and moral? (Elgin, SC) A: This is a pressing and important question. It’s one that is getting blurred, and in the whirlwind otherwise good Christian people are forgetting the deposit of faith that we […]
Exposition of the Eucharist
Q: If we believe that the True Presence of Jesus is in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle all the time, why do we have Solemn Exposition? Isn’t Jesus in the tabernacle enough? (Laurens, SC) A: As you indicate, as Catholics, we know that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. He attested to this […]
Marriage for deacons
Q: Why can’t a permanent deacon remarry if his wife dies, especially if the deacon is required to retire at a certain age? (Parrish, Fla.) A: This question requires some biblical and historical background. First, we look to the Bible. In his pastoral letters, Saint Paul teaches: “Deacons must not have been married more than […]
Can one take Communion in non-Catholic churches?
Q. Periodically, I attend non-Catholic funerals during which every Christian is invited to receive Communion. Is it appropriate for Catholics to receive Communion in such instances? (Aiken, SC) A. This situation happens periodically in a pluralistic society where we are in the mix with other Christian communities and sometimes participate in their worship services, especially […]
Bible studies of other faiths
Q: Recently some Catholic friends challenged me for attending a non-Catholic Bible study. I’ve been going to the study for a couple of years. The people in the study have always been respectful and I’ve learned a lot in the study. Is it wrong for me to attend a non-Catholic Bible study? (Charlotte, NC) A: […]
What does INRI stand for?
Q: In the Bible, Jesus talks about a sin that is unforgivable. This makes me very nervous. What is this sin that is unforgivable? (Columbia, SC) A: In his public teachings, Jesus speaks about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as being an unforgivable sin (Lk 12:10). This has been generally interpreted to mean a rejection […]
Why was Jesus celibate?
Q: Why was Jesus celibate? Being Jewish, wouldn’t he have followed their customs and married and fathered a family? (Aiken, SC) A: Your question is cultural accurate. In the Jewish tradition of the Old Testament, celibacy was considered a curse. For example: Of the prophets, only Jeremiah was celibate and he was called to this […]