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Q: When Jesus died, he went to “the place of the dead to release the just.” Were there “unjust” in the place of the dead at the time of the Crucifixion? Did Jesus only release the just? And if so, what happened to them? Did they then go to purgatory? Also, did purgatory begin after the Crucifixion? Did purgatory begin... Get the Answer!
Q: Today I accidentally and publicly said a very mean thing about a friend. I shouldn’t have said the thing in the first place, but it was supposed to be just to friends but accidentally was posted publicly. Thank God a different friend was looking out for me and told me that I made it public and I quickly removed it.... Get the Answer!
Q: I have a sister who is a cradle Catholic like myself. I have reverted back to the Church after being away for some time. However, I love my Catholic faith and go to Mass and Communion every day. I love praying the rosary and chaplet of Divine Mercy. I go to confession every week or two weeks. I still have a problem with sin;... Get the Answer!
Q: How far back does God’s foreknowledge of someone’s damnation go? Does he know that someone will be condemned before he creates him? I mean, if God knows that a person will be damned before he creates him, why does he create him at all? Wouldn’t it be perverse to create a person, knowing that he will be damned? If God... Get the Answer!
Q: Can absolution be granted in the absence of a priest and confession? In other words, under what circumstances would a person receive absolution directly from God? Is this possible in the Catholic faith? I know only God can grant absolution, but under what circumstances would the Church say he would do that without a confession... Get the Answer!
Q: How do you know that what you believe is right? The devil confuses people and tells them all kind of lies. So as a priest, how do you know that what you believe is correct and not just another lie? I mean no disrespect. -D.W. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Thanks for your note. Yours is one of the great questions... Get the Answer!
Q: I feel the sense of friendship toward my parish priest, but I do not want this to be misunderstood. Sometimes I want to help my priest and offer support, but I am a female and I don’t want to cause any unnecessary scandal. I do not want to “cross the line.” How far would be “too far”? -M.M. Answered by Fr. Edward... Get the Answer!
Q: I have been thinking a lot about the whole story of the Bible, and I wanted to ask, What is it that actually makes Satan evil, besides having free thought and questioning God? Other than that, it does not seem like there is any reason to believe Satan is evil other than God telling us he is. I will admit I do not know a whole... Get the Answer!
Q: I have just graduated college and moved away from home for my first full-time job. My boyfriend of four years has transferred his job to the same area in order for us to stay together. He and I have found separate apartments in the same building. We have respected our Catholic faith in the four years we have been dating.... Get the Answer!
Q: Would it be a sin to play a potentially dangerous sport? I am thinking about pole vaulting in the spring, but after researching it, the sport seems somewhat dangerous. Just the same, the pole vaulting coach at my high school is very careful, and it seems like he takes many precautions to assure the safety of those on the... Get the Answer!