“Ask a Priest: I’m Scared … Would the Church Welcome Me Back?”

Q: For my earlier life I was brought up in the Catholic Church. But eventually my parents moved away from religion, and I just stopped attending. This happened before confirmation. Now as an adult, for the past few years especially, I have felt something... [Read more...]

“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... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: How Do I Know If I Believe Enough?”

Q: I know that Jesus died for our sins, and if we trust in him and put our life in his hands, in return we get eternal salvation. How do I know that I believe it enough? What if how much I believe isn’t enough? How do I truly believe it in my heart?... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Twice Divorced … Why the Need for Annulments?”

Q: I’m in my 50s and consider myself a Christian but yet not a Catholic. An old-school, conservative Catholic priest once told me that I cannot become a Catholic until the following matter is resolved: In my 20s, I married (in a Protestant church)... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: It’s Hard to Accept Jesus as Son of God. Am I Doomed?”

Q: I was raised Lutheran and have always believed in God. But in my heart I can’t absorb Jesus as his son and a deity, rather than a human prophet. It’s hard to call myself Christian — it’s also hard not to. Am I arrogant and... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: What If My Daughter Insists She Is Male?”

Q: My heart is shredded. My beautiful daughter is insisting that she is really a boy. I know this is biologically impossible. I also know that there are solid psychosocial reasons for her ideas, based on severe issues with her father (my ex-husband)... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Why Does It Seem As If Church Teaching Has Changed?”

Q: I have been in a state of involuntary doubt for years. My main problem revolves around the question of the inspiration of the Church, whether the Holy Spirit does, indeed, offer it guidance when formulating teachings. It is not so much present-day... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: How Do I Connect With God?”

Q: I am not sure how to have a relationship with God. How do I know it is God communicating to me? Why doesn’t God manifest himself to everyone in the world for all of us to see? –B.R. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: You raise big questions.... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Did I Ruin My Husband’s Faith?”

Q: I married a Southern Baptist. We went through Pre-Cana and were married at my home parish, and originally had a lot of conversations about faith. I went to Bible studies with him at his church, and he went to Mass with me. Over the years, though,... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Is It Better to Be Muslim Than Alone?”

Q: I have a dilemma. I am the only person in my social group and workplace that still believes in God, and I struggle with the loneliness of this. In my country (Netherlands) fewer than a quarter of the people call themselves Christian anymore, and even... [Read more...]

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