“Ask a Priest: What If I Sincerely Disagree With Key Church Teachings?”

Q: I’ve been drawn to the Catholic faith for as long as I can remember, but have never taken any steps to convert because of some of the things I’d heard about the Church. Now, many of these things I’ve been able to address through... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Can the Morning-After Pill Cause Abortions?”

Q: My boyfriend and I have been discussing issues regarding marriage, and he told me that the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B doesn’t cause an abortion. Is this true? – N.V. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Plan B (the “morning-after... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Who Is the Church to Tell Me How to Vote?”

Q: I’m 69 years old, was baptized Catholic and attended Catholic schools through the completion of a four-year degree. I am deeply distressed for a number of reasons. Tell me if I’m wrong — I’ve always considered priests and... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: What to Do About a Friend Who Has Been Abused and Cheated On?

Q: I have been dating my girlfriend on and off for three years. Problems arise because she has had a traumatic past. She was cheated on and divorced her husband whom she had known since grade school, had an abortion and was molested as a child. As Catholics... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Was It OK That I Assisted at an Abortion for a Zika Sufferer?”

Q: I work as an anesthesia provider. Recently a woman and her husband had traveled overseas and she unknowingly contracted the Zika virus. A few months later she conceived a child. The child had severe anencephaly (no brain). They desired an abortion... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: How Can I Help My Boyfriend See That Abortion Is Always Wrong?”

Q: My boyfriend and I were discussing abortion. He thinks abortion is OK in the early stages of pregnancy. I tried to help him understand that abortion ends a life when it is performed at any stage in a pregnancy, but he still sees it as a decision that... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Am I Wrong to Boycott Starbucks for Its Support of Planned Parenthood?”

Q: My girlfriend and I do not agree on supporting companies that support Planned Parenthood. She loves Starbucks, but they support Planned Parenthood. I myself said, “No more coffee from there,” but she got upset with me and said it’s... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: May I Vote for the Lesser Evil?”

Q: I know you cannot tell me for which party to vote, but this is about comparing Catholic moral values and two different political platforms/programs. So, I believe we are at the public policy level, which is legitimate. My first question is, if the... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: I had an abortion… After asking for God’s forgiveness, will I still go to hell?”

Q: Twenty-one years ago I had an abortion. Since then, I asked God for forgiveness. Will I go to hell even if I did ask for forgiveness? –T. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: If anything should give us hope in life, it is the realization that... [Read more...]