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 […]
Was the Holy Family poor?
Q: If Catholics and Protestants have a different number of books in the Old Testament, do we have the same number in the New Testament? (Charlotte, NC) A: Thanks be to God, all mainstream Christians agree that there are 27 books in the New Testament. Q: Were Joseph and Mary really poor, as they’re […]
Jews and the Old Testament
Q: Do Jewish people call the first part of the Bible the Old Testament? (Charlotte, NC) A: I’m very grateful to receive this question. Oftentimes, unintentionally, Christians can offend their Jewish neighbors by saying that they “only believe in the Old Testament.” While this might be a good summary of the Christian viewpoint, it can […]
Was Mary ever-virgin?
Q: Why is the Catholic Church competing with other religions in turning the Mass into a Broadway musical performance where everything is sung? (Columbia, SC) A: Well, truth be told: if we were shooting for a Broadway musical, I think we’d be missing the mark most days! Have you heard Catholics trying to sing? But […]
Why only four Gospels?
Q: There are only four Gospels in the New Testament, but others were written. Why don’t we have the other gospels in the New Testament? (Hilton Head, SC) A: I’d like to answer your question by posing a scenario: imagine if an extended family had a revered great-grandfather. The memory of this good man was […]
Selling blessed objects
Q: I always thought that blessed items could not be sold. I was recently in a Catholic store in Rome and was told that everything in the store was blessed by the pope. Is that possible? (Aiken, SC) A: There’s a joke that every rule Rome makes applies everywhere in the world except Rome. While […]
What is the role of deacons?
Q: How do we really know there is such a place as purgatory? It doesn’t make sense to me. How do we know it’s true? (Hilton Head, SC) A: With all aspects of the afterlife, we rely on supernatural teachings based on divine revelation. What that means is that we cannot find answers to questions […]
Saints in the Old Testament?
Q: Why are there no saints from the Old Testament? Doesn’t even Moses qualify? (Hilton Head, SC) A: This is a question that provides a much-needed clarification. We know that before the saving work of Jesus Christ, no one could enter Heaven. The gates of paradise were closed due to man’s sin and his incapacity […]
Q: I wish to be cremated. How is this handled? Since I won’t have a casket to be blessed, do you bring the urn with the ashes to Mass? (Summerville, SC) A: The Mass of Christian Burial, the “Funeral Mass,” is a very important part of the Church’s intercession for the deceased person. The Mass […]