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Q: It seems as though the Catholic Church places heavy emphasis on marriage. Although I feel called to marriage, I am not married at this time. This is not due to a lack of effort and prayer on my part. As a single Catholic, is there any value to my existence as far as the Church is concerned? If the answer is yes, then why... Get the Answer!
Q: My 23-year-old daughter is engaged to be married and recently moved in with her fiancé. I have not told my son about her decision. She has asked if my son can visit her at her home and I have denied her request. I am ashamed of her even though she said she will remain pure until her wedding day. What do I do about my son?... Get the Answer!
Q: Why does God allow good people to suffer in pain of infertility? God said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And yet, couples go through the pain of having... Get the Answer!
Q: My nephew and his father (my brother) routinely kill animals on their property. They use animals as target practice, not as a food source. Is this a sin? I believe that to destroy what God has placed on this earth for no reason other than to brag about how good of a shot you are, is sinful, yet I cannot find any examples... Get the Answer!
Q: Is there a short answer to the question of separation of church and state? The question seems very misunderstood by many. -P.B. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The short answer is that separation of church and state can be very healthy for a society, so long as the voice of the church is not stifled. Church and state... Get the Answer!
Q: Where exactly does the Church stand regarding women priests and married priests? In the course of a recent conversation with a Catholic friend, she hit upon many “hot topic” issues, some which I felt confident in explaining and others that I did not feel I had a clear understanding of. The topic of women priests... Get the Answer!
Q: I really don’t understand the Holy Spirit. Would you please discuss that? -S. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Your question touches on the Trinity, the core mystery of the Christian faith. The glossary of the Catechism defines “Trinity” like this: “The mystery of one God in three Persons: Father, Son,... Get the Answer!
Q: I am wondering how you might approach the modern culture we face today, in terms of values with the consideration of what might be ideal and what might be real. I know the ideal values based in traditional Christian culture and teachings where people married so young, but I think “reality” is that more and more... Get the Answer!
Q: Could you please tell me if there is anything written in the Bible about a mother’s love for her children. Is it ever OK for a mother to give up on her kids — to stop loving them, to stop talking with them? What about treating each child fairly when there are multiple children? Last of all, is there anything about... Get the Answer!
Q: I left the Catholic Church 50 years ago because I did not agree with many of its teachings. I still have the same misgivings but would like to return to the faith and have confession and the sacraments, because I am getting old and I have a terrible fear of dying and going to hell. Is it possible for me to do this, even if... Get the Answer!