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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: Am I Committing Idolatry?”

Q: I’ve been reading about a lot of things in the world that have become idols of a sort, this making us commit idolatry. At what point does something or someone become an idol? I have favorite singers that I listen to a lot, I go to concerts, I have favorite movies and TV shows that I watch a lot and get excited about... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What to Do About Emotionally Needy Relatives?”

Q: I have two extremely needy family members who only have me to help, in every way but financially. They dump on me and give me a hard time. It is really difficult for me. I have to survive, and they are so draining. Please help me to cope. – C. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: I’m sorry to hear about your situation.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It OK to Read Stephen King Novels?”

Q: Just wondering if it is advisable to read any books by author and writer Stephen King! My college-age daughter came home this weekend with a book by him, and I seem to recall that it’s not good to read his books. Thank you for your assistance. – C. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: From my limited knowledge... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If Someone Believes False Rumors About Me?”

Q: A friend at work has believed rumors told by another friend due to jealousy, and now she has stopped talking to me. I have tried to reach out to her and ask her to talk to me and tell the truth as to what happened, but she doesn’t respond. As a Catholic, we are called to reach out to those who hurt you? What can I... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why Is There Purgatory If Jesus Died for Us?”

Q: I’ve been doing some research about purgatory, but I haven’t found any real answers. I know that it is where a saved soul goes to be purified of its sins so that it may enter heaven. But why does this have to happen if Jesus already died and rose to forgive all of our sins? Also, is there time in purgatory? If... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should I Date Someone Who Backs Same-Sex “Marriage”?

Q: I’ve been friends with this guy for almost a year, and we recently decided that we should go on a date. We’re both Catholic, but he doesn’t agree with the Church’s teaching on gay marriage. I’m trying not to overthink, but does that mean that I shouldn’t date him? – H. Answered by Fr.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Am I Wrong for Speaking Up to a Priest?”

Q: I have a lot of respect for our priests, and my heart breaks for the pressure they are under. But at times I find myself a little angered in some of their behaviors. Am I a bad Catholic for voicing back to them? Maybe I look up to the priest too much as the image and action of the Lord. I know we’re all human —... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What Is an Atheist to Think in the Face of Evil?”

Q: I have to say up front that I’m an atheist. I’ve tried having conversations about faith with quite a few Christians who got very emotional and angry with me, and I don’t want that. So I ask that you bear with me, and keep in mind that I’m approaching you respectfully and in good faith, so to speak.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: I Have a Fine Family, a Good Job, But Feel Empty. What to Do?”

Q: I’m a lifelong Catholic, have a fine marriage, two great kids, a good job, and I live in relative comfort. I should be happy as a lark, but I’m miserable. It’s not that I want more money or more “things.” I’m not a materialistic person and, quite frankly, I would gladly part with most... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can I Be Friends With Someone With Different Political Views?”

Q: Can a Catholic be friends with someone who believes and supports people and things that are contrary to the faith? I am a student at a community college, and I had a professor and adviser who was like my only support at the school. She was kind and more like a friend to me. She never beat me up for my views or religion... Get the Answer!

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