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Today’s secular world throws curve balls at us all the time. AskACatholicPriest is a Q&A feature that anyone can use. Just type in your question or send an email to and you will get a personal response back from one of our priests at RCSpirituality. You can ask about anything – liturgy, prayer, moral questions, current events… Our goal is simply to provide a trustworthy forum for dependable Catholic guidance and information. So go ahead and ask your question…

“Ask a Priest: Is Pole Vaulting Too Dangerous a Sport?”

Q: Would it be a sin to play a potentially dangerous sport? I am thinking about pole vaulting in the spring, but after researching it, the sport seems somewhat dangerous. Just the same, the pole vaulting coach at my high school is very careful, and it seems like he takes many precautions to assure the safety of those on the... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What Signs of Affection Are OK When Dating?”

Q: I am from a country where we have our parents arrange marriage for us. But some families do allow a girl and boy who fell in love to get married before a marriage was fixed for them. In my country falling in love with more than one person is considered wrong, and this is what Catholics, including priests and nuns, would say... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Can I Cope With an Anti-Catholic Onslaught?”

Q: I often find myself falling by the wayside because of the cultural Zeitgeist. I live in London, and the liberal and professional elite are very outspokenly atheist here. Believers are openly mocked in the comments sections of newspapers, and anti-Christian news items are given great prominence. The “real bones”... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It OK to Sue Over Financial Losses?”

Q: Is it ever “right,” appropriate in the eyes of our faith and Church, to file a lawsuit against an individual, business or company for financial losses for the purpose of recovering part of the investment loss? -L.G. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: In principle it is morally OK to try to be prudent with resources,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It Moral to Take a Risk?”

Q: Before I ask my question, please allow me to propose a couple of scenarios as background. 1) A person desires to go on a vacation, for absolute no other reason than for his own enjoyment. He gets onto a plane. Now, we all know that, each time one gets onto a plane, even though the probability of danger is low, one inevitably,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What to Do About Lukewarm Clerics?”

Q: The following is out of love for the Church, please understand that. Part of growing closer to God and his Church is asking questions. Sorry for any disrespect. It really seems like so many of the clerics in the Catholic Church are afraid to just speak the truth. Why? If the Catholic Church is the Church founded by Christ... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If My Best Dates Have Been With Non-Christians?”

Q: I’m a convert in her early 20s. I joined the Church out of a desire to obey God, to serve him and demonstrate my love for him. I know I am called to a married life. You see, most women dream of a man who sweeps them off their feet and romances them in every way possible. I dream of being patient, supportive, tender... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Did Noah Really Live 900 Years?”

Q: I was going through RCIA class, but I stopped going because I’m experiencing a period of doubt. What should I do when I happen across difficult Bible passages? I’m experiencing doubt of the Bible’s accuracy over the fact that Scripture records Noah and the other patriarchs as having lived over 900 years.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If a Penance Seems Too Harsh?”

Q: Yesterday I received a penance from a priest, to go two weeks without going to my fiancé’s apartment. It seemed a bit harsh to me. I have never received one like that. Is that a legitimate penance? Also, if I find it unfair or unjust, can I challenge it? Will I still be forgiven for my sins if I do not complete my... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What to Do About a Son Who Thinks He Is Gay?”

Q: I am really struggling here. My 18-year-old son believes he’s gay. Personally I don’t believe he knows; he’s only been on two dates in high school with girls and, in my opinion, there was a lot of immaturity on both sides. When he first shared this idea with me a few months ago, I initially cried and cautioned him... Get the Answer!

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