“Ask a Priest: Is It OK to Date Someone Who Is Cohabitating?”

Q: I know this woman who does not believe in the sacrament of marriage. Her culture believes that living together is like being married. She has been living with a boyfriend for quite a while. Recently, she has shown a strong interest in me. I am Catholic... [Read more...]

Spiritual Smoothie: Why Marriage is a Unique Sacrament

The Sacrament of Marriage is different from Baptism or the Eucharist. The reasons why will lead you to a deeper understanding of what marriage really is intended to be.  Read More →

Spiritual Smoothie: God’s Vision of Marriage

Why is marriage a sacrament? In this video, Fr. Bartunek explains what exactly Jesus accomplished when He made marriage a sacrament.  Read More →

“Ask a Priest: What If My Husband Has Soured on Religion?”

Q:  I am having some issues in my marriage regarding my Catholic faith. I married someone who was brought up Methodist, but has been non-practicing for many years. Before we married, we discussed how important my faith is to me and that we would raise... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: Is It OK to Date a Muslim?”

Q: Should a practicing Catholic have even one date, knowing the fellow is Muslim? I feel it is as bad as dating a man knowing he is married. Thank you! I want to instruct a relative. – M. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Ideally the purpose... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: I Had a Fall With My Girlfriend. What Should I Do?”

Q: My girlfriend and I had sex with a condom. I know it is wrong and I did it. I feel incredibly guilty and feel like I’m going to hell. What should I do? Is there anyway of turning back to Christ? – J.P. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A:... [Read more...]

“Ask a Priest: What If God Doesn’t Recognize an Annulment?”

Q: My husband was married previously, and granted a decree of nullity by the Church due to lack of form (both he and his ex-wife were baptized Catholic but were never married in the Church). I was raised in a non-denominational church. I attended RCIA... [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: 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: Do I Need to Accept My Mom’s Boyfriend?”

Q: I have a question regarding my mom’s current relationship. I am married myself. My mom and dad had been married for 28 years until they separated last November. They had had a very up-and-down relationship for years. I had witnessed accounts... [Read more...]

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