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“Ask a Priest: Do I Need to Accept My Mom’s Boyfriend?”

Q: I have a question regarding my mom’s current relationship. I am married myself. My mom and dad had been married for 28 years until they separated last November. They had had a very up-and-down relationship for years. I had witnessed accounts of abuse on both sides. Both of my parents have hot tempers. During the separation,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Could One Impure Thought Really Doom Us?”

Q: My question concerns Jesus’ warning that to look lustfully at a woman is already a form of adultery — an adultery of the heart. The problem with this is that we men, whether sexually active or not, have a libido, the existence of which we simply cannot deny. Am I seriously to believe that a sexual thought swimming... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why Can’t I Be a Confirmation Sponsor?”

Q: My grandson is making his confirmation in three weeks, and he asked me to be his sponsor. Unfortunately his parents have not kept me up with all the information a sponsor is to know. I am a registered Catholic at my parish. In the 1960s I was married. I divorced and my former husband passed away. I married my present husband... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: It’s Hard to Accept Jesus as Son of God. Am I Doomed?”

Q: I was raised Lutheran and have always believed in God. But in my heart I can’t absorb Jesus as his son and a deity, rather than a human prophet. It’s hard to call myself Christian — it’s also hard not to. Am I arrogant and doomed? – K. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Your question touches... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If Fears of Violence Keep Me From Going to Mass?”

Q: As I live in the U.S. I know that the likelihood of something terrorist or violent in nature taking place during Mass is minimal. But I still can’t help feeling vulnerable at Mass. I don’t live in a community that is unsafe either. I am a devout Catholic and attend Mass every Sunday, however, if I feel the slightest... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It Normal to Be Assigned a Rosary as a Penance?”

Q: Just got home from confession and my husband questioned what took so long. I told him my penance was a rosary and he was shocked. (He has not been to confession in decades.) He asked what I had done and if I had “committed adultery or something.” This is probably the fourth time my penance was a rosary, and others... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can the Souls in Purgatory Be Tempted?”

Q: Do the souls in purgatory still experience temptation from the devil? Can they still be tormented by the devil in purgatory? If there are different levels in purgatory, does that mean the lowest level is nearest hell? If so, can the souls in the lowest level of purgatory feel or experience the anguish souls in hell experience?... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If My Daughter Insists She Is Male?”

Q: My heart is shredded. My beautiful daughter is insisting that she is really a boy. I know this is biologically impossible. I also know that there are solid psychosocial reasons for her ideas, based on severe issues with her father (my ex-husband) and things taught and promoted in the local public school. I have researched... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why Does It Seem As If Church Teaching Has Changed?”

Q: I have been in a state of involuntary doubt for years. My main problem revolves around the question of the inspiration of the Church, whether the Holy Spirit does, indeed, offer it guidance when formulating teachings. It is not so much present-day teachings that bother me — rather, teachings from the past become large... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is Mercy About Ignoring Sin?”

Q: What is mercy? I have heard so much of the word “mercy” since the Jubilee Year of Mercy began. I do not hear often about repentance and its connection with mercy. Is it about living in a state of sin without repentance and receiving pardon and mercy from God and his Church? Is it about setting aside the teachings... Get the Answer!

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