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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: Is Running Over a Small Animal a Mortal Sin?”

Q: I read in the Catechism that serious cruelty to animals is a mortal sin, which on one level is understandable for me. However, I’m troubled by scrupulosity at times, and I’ve started becoming very concerned when I see small items in the road that appear as if they could be a small rodent, a turtle or a snake.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Much Can an Attorney Be Involved in Questionable Practices?”

Q: I am a recent convert to the Catholic faith as well as a licensed attorney. Before my conversion, I practiced as an estate planning lawyer at a fairly large firm, but I have been at home with my children for the past four years. I am now considering returning to the practice of law, possibly again in the trusts and estates... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is Predicting God’s Plan a Kind of Superstition?”

Q: What are your thoughts on superstitions, such as humans predicting God’s plan for them? -N.C. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: First, it is good to mention that superstitions, by definition, are faulty. “In some sense,” says the Catechism in No. 2110, superstition “represents a perverse excess... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Creation and the Incarnation – Miracles or Contradictions?”

Q: So I’ve been thinking a lot about God making square circles. And I’ve heard people say, well, it’s a nonsensical term. Or that it’s asking if he can make a contradiction. But what about creating the universe? Getting something from nothing, how is that not a contradiction? How does that make sense?... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why Is It So Tough to Stop Sinning?”

Q: Even David in his great glory sinned. Even the apostles failed. Peter denied Christ three times. Some of them doubted the Resurrection even after seeing him walk on water, perform miracles (healing the blind, raising the dead). If sin is a choice, why can’t even the most faithful Christian stop sinning? Is it really... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should We Pray to the Spirit Rather Than to Jesus?”

Q: Before Jesus ascended to heaven he assured us that he would not leave us comfortless, but would send the Holy Spirit as Comforter. This being the case, why is it that we still pray predominantly to Jesus, and not to the Holy Spirit? Has the Holy Spirit not taken the place of Jesus here on earth, and hence all our prayers... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Am I Wrong If I Find It Tough to Date Someone Who Isn’t a Virgin?”

Q: I am a young Catholic woman. I’ve always tried my best to stay as chaste as possible and have not had any kind of sexual relations. When looking for a future husband, I’ve always wanted someone who hasn’t done anything sexual — but isn’t that “not forgiving”? Could I be turning away... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: If God Is Testing Me so Much, What Is the Point?”

Q: I think I’m losing my faith. I no longer feel that God is there and can’t tell if he’s abandoned me entirely or if he was merely a figment of my imagination to begin with. I’ve had seven years of stalled luck. When others have had the opportunity to get their lives started, I ended up right back in... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Isn’t It Hard to Be a Catholic and an American?”

Q: As a Catholic and a citizen of the United States, I find it difficult to be patriotic. At least one reason is because I look around and I see a country that condones the murder of unborn children, cohabitation, divorce, contraception, same-sex “marriage,” and many other evils. I see a country that stands for what my Church... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Are There Untimely Deaths?”

Q: Is there such a thing as an untimely death? I have heard it mentioned many times. But if God knows when we are to die, how can a death be untimely? And if there is such a thing, could you please explain it to me? -N.B. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The term “untimely death” usually refers to people who die relatively... Get the Answer!

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