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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: May I Support a Charity That Hires Same-Sex Spouses?”

Q: Would I be making a compromise of my faith by continuing to support a child in the Third World through an organization whose policy includes hiring people in same-sex “marriages”? – R.P. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: It is good to see that you are trying the help the poor in the developing world.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If Someone Isn’t Receiving Communion Worthily?”

Q: This question has been weighing on my mind for some time. In my parish, there is a woman who committed adultery a few years ago with her neighbor. The situation is quite complicated, for this woman’s husband committed adultery with the neighbor’s wife. Consequently, both marriages ended in divorce, and this woman... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is it OK to Exercise on Sundays?”

Q: Would you please be able to tell me Church teaching on doing exercise/working out on Sundays? Is it wrong to do this or is it OK? Thank you very much for your time and the work you do! -C.S. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Your question touches on the first precept of the Church, “You shall attend Mass on Sundays... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Could One Being Keep Track of Us All?”

Q: I am a Catholic. I was raised Catholic. I go to church on Sundays. I am in a 12-step program through Overeaters Anonymous. This is a program based on a belief in a higher power. I have been in the program for over nine years. I am successful in maintaining my weight loss, but I am struggling with believing in an all-knowing,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: When Are Souls Created?”

Q: 1. What is the Church’s official position? Does God himself create the soul at conception? If so, isn’t conception a sacrament, a supernatural act on God’s part? 2. If God himself creates a soul at conception then: a) How can he create an imperfect soul having original sin?; b) If God has to wait for humans... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: May I Vote for the Lesser Evil?”

Q: I know you cannot tell me for which party to vote, but this is about comparing Catholic moral values and two different political platforms/programs. So, I believe we are at the public policy level, which is legitimate. My first question is, if the two proposed platforms are not in complete agreement with Catholic values,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Am I an Apostate for Leaving Christianity and Converting to Judaism?”

Q: A few days after my 60th birthday, I received a powerful revelation from Almighty God directing me to convert to Judaism. The only other time in my life that I’ve had a revelation was at the age of 18 as I lay dying of major injuries following a cataclysmic auto accident. It was then that an angel appeared to me and... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: If God Has a Plan, How Do We Have Free Will?”

Q: I don’t understand how people can talk about “God’s plan” for us when we all have free will. God doesn’t control what we do, so how can we maintain his “plan”? When bad things or disappointments happen, people say not to worry because it just must not have been part of God’s... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is There a Place for Single People in God’s Plan?”

Q: Is there any of God’s grace left for those who are unable to marry or even enter the priesthood or religious life or marriage because of certain limitations or choice? It always sounds as though the Church does not recognize the sacredness of the single life. Thank you. -D.L. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A:... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should I Help Out at CCD If I Am Living With My Boyfriend?”

Q: I am 22 years old and I have been very involved in my parish community since second grade. I have been volunteering in the CCD office for the past 10 years. I’ve been having issues at home and so has my boyfriend of two years (he has a very bad living situation). So we recently decided to get a place together. Yesterday... Get the Answer!

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