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Q: What is the religious view of the “right to die” argument? Which means a person can make a decision to end their life when they want to, usually motivated by terminal illness and/or living with suffering and pain. I’ve viewed a couple of documentaries lately where people have done just this (some traveling... Get the Answer!
Q: I am a male, divorced for 18 years. My ex has remarried some years ago. I am now living with a female partner. I can’t marry my partner in the Catholic faith as my ex was a Catholic. I am told that I cannot receive Communion unless I get rid of my partner or live with my partner as brother and sister. I still go to church... Get the Answer!
Q: I’m a teenager who has grown up in, and been educated in, the Catholic Church since birth; and my school is a very lively faith community. My problem is thus: While I hold the teachings of the Church to be absolute truth, and know my faith very well intellectually and do all that I can to live by it, I’m completely... Get the Answer!
Q: Is it a sin to buy clothing made in other countries like China, because the products might have been made in sweatshops under unfair conditions? It seems like almost everything is made in foreign countries. Also, if I already have clothing from other countries (most, if not all, of my clothing is), is it OK to continue wearing... Get the Answer!
Q: It is my understanding that Scripture states we must forgive in order to be forgiven, and more or less limitlessly. Is that correct? Also, I think that I’ve read something along the lines of, if we do not forgive someone of something, then they are still bound to it (not forgiven by God the Father?). Surely it’s... Get the Answer!
Q: Our youth minister is truly trying to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church. She comes to me with questions, and I need to give her the correct answers so I am coming to you. 1) Her mother has told her that it is wrong to receive Communion in the hand and that the Church has not approved this practice. 2) The girls... Get the Answer!
Q: I was wondering what the Church’s official stance on the use of birth control is. I have heard that the Church does not condone the use of birth control because it is not God’s intention for people to prevent the natural unity of two people, but I was wondering if you could flesh out this whole argument a little more... Get the Answer!
Q: My gay brother recently married his partner and is very disappointed that my wife and I have not congratulated them on their wedding. More recently, his disappointment at my silence and non-judgment has turned to anger, and the last time we were together as a family at Easter, he threw out the topic of homophobia, making... Get the Answer!
Q: I have a question about the sin of detraction. I can’t tell if I committed it or not. So several months ago, someone told me that this boyfriend/girlfriend pair that we aren’t extremely close to, broke up because one cheated on the other. I was shocked, but I said maybe he didn’t cheat, maybe it was a rumor. Was that... Get the Answer!
Q: I was born/raised Catholic. I left the Church for a long time and went to other churches for a while. I came back to the Catholic Church because I signed my daughters up with the Catholic school in the area, and it was required to go to church or pay extra money. That being said, I have learned more about the religion... Get the Answer!