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“Ask a Priest: Is Divorce and Remarriage Considered Worse Than Murder?”

Q: I am 76 years old and have been “remarried” for the past 15 years after having divorced. It’s my understanding after having researched this subject on Catholic websites, that absolution after confession appears to be granted and available to all Catholics, including murderers, but not for divorced Catholics.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How About a Mom Who Kicked Her Son Out of Her Life?”

Q: I met a family through church many years ago. Our sons grew up in the church together and were friends for many years. We have very different parenting styles, but we have always loved each other regardless of our differences. My friend’s oldest son, whom I have known for 12 years and whom I love, has recently become... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Could a Convicted Felon Become a Catholic?”

Q: Could you explain the steps I would need to take to become a Catholic? And would the Catholic Church allow me to become a member if I am a convicted felon? -G. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: It is good to hear that you are interested in entering the Church. Being a convicted felon is no bar to your becoming Catholic.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It OK to Work for Weapons Firms?”

Q: Taking into account Pope Francis’ comments regarding weapons manufacturers, calling them “merchants of death,” and his saying that “Weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christians,” would it be a mortal sin to work for companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, or Northrop Grumman?... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: May We Attend a Gay Baby Shower?”

Q: I come from a very devout Catholic family. Every year we have an extended family Christmas visit with my mom’s aunts and uncle and all the kids. Recently one of my mom’s cousins came out as a homosexual, and her and her partner were wed. Now they are having a child, and one of the family members wanted to throw... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should I Attend My Daughter’s Goth Wedding?”

Q: My daughter is a fallen-away Catholic, 25 years old, and she is marrying a non-practicing Christian. At age 15 she full-force chose to be confirmed. She talked to me about how some kids were being confirmed only because their parents wanted them to. I am all for letting them choose to be confirmed or not. She was well-trained... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Can I Help a Non-believing Sibling?”

Q: I come from a family of deeply committed Anglican Christians. My great aunts never missed church and at my request began taking me to Sunday services from time to time as a child. Unfortunately, my mother and father who lead good lives influenced by Christian values never really took a great interest in either mine or my... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It a Sin to Watch Episodes of “Columbo” and “Bewitched”?”

Q: I’m a convert and my husband has told me that certain TV shows are forbidden by the Church. I watch old classic DVDs. He told me that the Church forbids watching shows like “Columbo,” “Bewitched,” “The Munsters,” some episodes of “Andy Griffith” and “Dark Shadows.”... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If I Feel My Faith Fading?”

Q: This is probably the fourth letter I have sent to you guys, but to be honest, I just feel like you are the people to turn to sometimes. For nearly a month, it feels a bit like my faith is declining. I think it might be because of how much religion is portrayed negatively on the Internet. But to be honest, I don’t even... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Could a Muslim End Up Holier Than a Christian?”

Q: I told my Protestant friend that if a Muslim follows his conscience perfectly, then he can be holier than a Christian. My friend thought this was ridiculous. His argument was as follows. He cites Romans 3:23, “For all have fallen short, there is no way to salvation except through Jesus Christ.” Thus my friend... Get the Answer!

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