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“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!

“Ask a Priest: How to Deal With Racy Reading?”

Q: I understand that it is a grave sin to read material that has graphically explicit content, such as pornography and works of literature that have this subject as its main focus (like adult “romantic” novels). I am wondering, though, if reading a work of literature that does not have this subject as its core, but... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is Getting a Tattoo Against Catholic Beliefs?”

Q: I have been considering getting a tattoo for some time now but want to make sure that it’s not against Catholic beliefs. It would be a medium-size tattoo with a Bible verse and cross. -M.W. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: There are no hard-and-fast Church rules against tattoos. There are, however, a few points... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is Mentioning One Sin Enough for a Valid Confession?”

Q: My 21-year-old daughter and friend recently went to confession. The priest told them they only needed to confess one sin that was really troubling them. They both left wondering if this was a valid confession. One of the girls hadn’t gone to confession in a couple of years and knew she needed to go. Thank you. -K. Answered... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It Wrong for a Non-Catholic to Wear a Rosary?”

Q: I grew up in the Lutheran faith but no longer identify myself as such. Over time I’ve struggled with my faith, but as of the last few years I finally feel comfortable with where I’m at in my relationship with God. As part of that I’ve been wearing a rosary for quite some time because for some reason it brings... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If I Find It Hard to Believe Anymore?”

Q: I am a university student who was brought up Catholic and was so strong in my faith, but now I honestly can’t find it in me to believe anymore. I just feel like I’m floating and on the fence. Recently I’ve started missing Mass because I just feel like I can’t face going through the motions when I don’t... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is God the Father Supreme in the Trinity?”

Q: I was praying from my Liturgy of the Hours, and in Philippians 2:6-12 it is written that “though he was in the form of God,” Jesus “did deem equality with God something to be grasped.” We are taught, regarding the Trinity, that all three divine Persons are equal — the Father, the Son and the... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Much Beer Is OK to Drink?”

Q: Being a new Catholic, I’m still learning many things. I just recently found out that getting drunk is a mortal sin. Every time I have a few drinks now, and even slightly feel the effects if the alcohol, I’m terrified that I just committed a mortal sin. Can you please explain if a few beers making me feel a little... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why 7 Pairs of Clean Animals on Noah’s Ark?”

Q: I am in a very wonderful class this year — a class that studies early world history by comparing and researching different religious texts. I was looking through my Bible, and in Genesis, Chapter 7, I found that there were actually seven pairs of “clean” animals [on Noah’s ark], which was a shock to... Get the Answer!

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