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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 AskAPriest@rcspirituality.org 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: Would Forgoing Treatment for Cancer Be Suicide?”

Q: Without going into great detail, I have, at this point, most likely a treatable, or manageable, cancer. However, I am so tired of dealing with it, and seeing no hope for my future, with or without the cancer, that I just want to let it take its course. My concern is for my children and my soul. Is it considered suicide to... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Must I Vote for a Republican in 2016?”

Q: I have a quick question about this year’s U.S. presidential election. My question is that since all the Democratic candidates that are talked about support abortion and same-sex “marriage,” it would be sinful for me to vote for a Democratic candidate. So really I would have to vote for a Republican candidate,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What to Do When Priests Are Scandalous?”

Q: This might be a controversial question, but I am quite sure that I am not the only one with this question. How do we navigate the hierarchy of moral authority in the Church when we know that our parish priests are more fallen and self-seeking than we are? I have been given concrete proof that a couple of my parish priests... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: My Sister Left the Church. Is She Doomed?”

Q: I am stuck between God’s mercy and the Catholic belief set by the Second Vatican Council about who can be redeemed. My sister had been baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church, but has chosen not to believe. She lives her life by the golden rule, believes in feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, and believes... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should I Stay Married If I Haven’t Conceived?”

Q: Before I married, I had a talk with my husband about the possibility of not being able to conceive, because I don’t ovulate. We agreed that if I didn’t get pregnant, we would adopt. Now that we are married, we found out his semen analysis is abnormal. So I do ovulate with medication, but I’m not getting... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It OK to Work at a Summer Camp That Bans Talk of God?”

Q: I am planning on being a teen counselor at a local summer camp this coming year. This is something I really want to do, and I have been planning on doing this for years. The only problem is, since it is a secular camp, we are absolutely not allowed to talk at all about religion. I figure, however, that I can be a good influence... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If I Am Attracted to Someone Who Is Not My Spouse?”

Q: I have been married for 40 years. I am very attracted to another man. I have no intention of ever sleeping with this man. But I like him very much. He feels the same way about me. We see each other. He is also married. We do not see each other very often. I really like this man. My relationship with my husband has never been... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If My Husband Is Crazy About Hunting?”

Q: I adore animals and cannot imagine bringing any harm to them, whether that means killing them for food, or especially sport, which is exactly what my husband does. When he isn’t hunting them, he’s watching hunting shows on TV, going to gun shows, and hanging out with the guys at the hunting camp. It’s a... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can I Reconcile With God After Being an Atheist?”

Q: I was an atheist for many years after being raised Catholic. After 12 years of not believing, the only thing that did was to make me believe that I need God and his grace to guide me in this world. How do I reconcile with God, after my blatant disregard for him and his principles for such a large portion of my life? -L.P. Answered... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can a Mass Get an Unrepentant Sinner Into Heaven?”

Q: In a recent conversation with a friend of mine who is a devout Catholic (I am not), he said a few things that I did not understand. I made the comment that a person who lives a life of habitual unrepentant sin will not go to heaven, whether he is a Catholic or not. My friend says that Catholics are able to have a Mass said... Get the Answer!

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