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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 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: What If a Pal Has a Foul Mouth?”

Q: Father, I have a close friend that uses foul language and cusses a lot. When I try to get him to stop, he says he is not taking the Lord’s name in vain, so it is not sinful. How can I address this with him? -R.L. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: It is laudable that you are trying to help your friend clean up... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Aren’t Some Catholic Doctrines Outdated?”

Q: How do you reconcile today’s world with the current Catholic doctrine? The Catholic Church is quite conservative; not only this, but some of its doctrines seem irrelevant and outdated. It would be wrong to expect the Church to change its stance on particular issues because it is offensive to some or because most do... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can Someone Have Belief in More Than One Religion?”

Q: I recently read the book Life of Pi, and it left me with some questions about religion. First, let me ask you, what is the most significant reason you believe in monotheism as compared to a polytheistic religion such as Hinduism? Or is this not a major aspect of your faith? What do you think about a person following more... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why Is Christianity so Costly?”

Q: I am a Catholic young woman. I am always intimidated about following Christ because of all the sacrifices I must make. I am annoyed that others can live how they please. It is not my duty to judge or correct them. Why must I have to hold myself to high standards while others can live however they please? If I can lead a decent... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Can I Be a Conscientious Consumer?”

Q: I have been wondering and trying to research about the role that Catholics play in consumerism. Is it wrong to purchase morally good or neutral items from companies and stores that sell morally egregious items? Is it OK to buy morally good or neutral items from companies like the following examples: Amazon, which sells books... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What About Mariology, Prayers to Saints and Absolution of Sins?”

Q: I have been raised Protestant and have held Protestant views for nearly my entire life. Recently, I have felt as though something is missing from it all. I have felt a pull from Catholicism, but there are parts of it that I still am unsure of, particularly Mariology, prayers to saints, and priests being able to absolve sins... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is There Free Will? And How Can Homosexuality Be a Sin?”

Q: I suppose this question can’t really be answered. God has made humans, but to what end? He foresaw the actions of Adam and Eve and the human race, but still he created us. He knows who will end up in heaven and who will not. So what’s the point of it all? And do we really have free will if God knows everything... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What of Salvation Outside the Church?”

Q: Let me preface this by saying I am not religious, so forgive me if I say something incorrect. I have two friends who are both strong Catholics; both of them attend Mass on a weekly basis, are confirmed, and have been members of the Church since their youth. Recently, we got onto the topics of ascension to heaven, and salvation... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Stretched Thin … and Thinking of Using Contraception. What Should I Do?”

Q: I am a practicing Catholic and my faith is very important it me. I accept the Church and all of her teachings. However, I am in a situation that is complicated. I have four children and my husband doesn’t want any more. He is not Catholic but is very supportive of me as a Catholic. I feel horrible when I have the opportunity... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Does My Prayer Help Anybody?”

Q: As I am getting on in my spiritual life, stumbling and getting up, a lot of questions and doubts arise in my mind. One such question is, how does my prayer help anybody? If everybody has a free will, and God will not violate anyone’s will, how will my prayers help? Wouldn’t God do what he needs to do for every... Get the Answer!

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