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“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!

“Ask a Priest: What to Do About Online Attacks Against the Church?”

Q: I often have to defend the Pope and the Catholic Church on Facebook from people who literally think the Pope is Satan and share pictures of him sitting between two angel statues. They say it is blasphemy for him to say he is God or that he is here in place of Jesus. I am overwhelmed with some of the statements [on Facebook].... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is Blessing a Live-in Arrangement OK?”

Q: Someone was married in the Catholic Church. She then got divorced and never got an annulment. They remarried in a civil service, raised their children Catholic, participated in the church and the entire Mass. She was then widowed and now wanted to marry again. She cannot get remarried in the Church. Her estate planner has... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Are Mary and Joseph Considered Perfect?”

Q: I have some questions about Jesus in relation to his biological family here on Earth. If Jesus has been the only perfect person to exist in history, then what does the Church say about Mary and Joseph? I mean, Mary was chaste and Joseph helped to raise Jesus; then shouldn’t they be considered perfect, too? If not, was... 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: Isn’t Moral Ignorance Blissful?”

Q: Why does God hold those with more grace or the Catholic faith to a higher standard? How can a person not envy the ignorance of unbelievers? -I. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: In some way it is understandable if we are a bit jealous of the ignorance of others. We can feel that way when we look at children and see... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: May a Gay Live With His Friend in Continence?”

“Ask a Priest: May a Gay Live With His Friend in Continence?”

Q: I was born and raised in a very active Catholic family. I grew up listening to terms such as “aberration” or “abomination” and the disgust of my parents when referring to matters of homosexuality. I have always fought against being gay, since I have never wanted to sin or go to hell for this. I find... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why All the Talk of Mercy?”

Q: Is it true that when you die, Divine Mercy, Jesus’ love for people, ends and you are judged? Judged very hard and critically, I might add. If that is true, why is there so much lovey-dovey talk on Catholic TV and at most churches about God’s love for us and mercy? I would rather hear the harsh reality of God and... Get the Answer!

“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!

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