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“Ask a Priest: Has there ever been a pope from Israel?”

Q: I just want to know if we had a pope in the past who came from Israel. -P.B. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The first pope was Peter, who came from Galilee, a region in northern Israel. Jesus himself made the appointment. “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). A number... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Who should be directing my yearly spiritual exercises?”

Q: When doing our yearly spiritual exercises, should we only attend retreats that are led by a priest connected with our ecclesial movement? Or can we attend exercises led by a parish priest or by a priest from another movement or religious order? -R.R., Missouri Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The spiritual exercises... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Too engaged… What should I do now?”

Q: I have been with my boyfriend a year and a half. We are both Catholic, in our mid-20s, and go to church every week. From the very beginning I said that I wanted to wait until getting married to have sex, and he agreed that he felt this way too. This is his first long-term relationship. He said it had been a problem in previous... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Will I ever again be able to receive the Body and Blood of Christ?”

Q: I have been drawn back to my Catholic faith recently. I had been through a civil divorce, and recently I received paperwork to pursue an annulment. My current husband, who is a practicing Baptist, had also gone through a divorce. He too will have to file for an annulment, if ever we want our union recognized by the Catholic... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: At the crucifixion, why does Jesus only answer the ‘good thief’?”

Q: Praying about the Gospel for Christ the King Sunday, Luke 23:35-43, I have a question. Christ only answers the “good thief” and doesn’t answer the thief who said to Jesus, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” Since Jesus only answered the good thief, is he being a model to us? I am... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is it a sin to watch an R-rated movie?”

Q: Is it a sin to watch an R-rated movie? -S.W. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: If the very content of an R-rated movie poses as an occasion of sin for a particular person, and he is aware of that, then that person should not view the movie. By watching it he would be deliberately putting himself in a situation where... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: I am in love with a married man, what do I do?”

Q: I am 20 years old and Catholic. I’m writing because I’m stuck and don’t know what to do. I fell in love with a married man in his 30s. He has been married for three years, but the wedding was not done in the Catholic Church, so his priest calls the marriage invalid. The woman he is married to is quite abusive.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How can I handle constant criticizing from a spouse?”

Q: I wonder if you could give me some spiritual guidance for how to handle constant criticizing … from a spouse. Thank you. -L.G. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: A spouse who criticizes constantly can be challenging, to say the least. It might be one reason why Our Lord gives married couples a special sacramental... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: As a Catholic is it okay to use or display the word ‘namaste’?”

Q: Many years ago, I was introduced to the “namaste” greeting and was drawn toward its meaning. I began incorporating it into my correspondence as I signed my name, then had it engraved inside my husband’s wedding band. Both of us are Catholic — my spouse is a convert. He had a piece of stained glass... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Are we baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity or in the name of Jesus?”

Q: I am teaching a 16-year-old boy about the Catholic faith. He has gone to Mass with me several times, and over the years we have helped him and his mother through their hardships. His mother also allows him attend my CCD confirmation class. He has never been baptized but has gone to some sort of “apostolic church”... Get the Answer!

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