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No heaven?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am 86 years old. I was baptized as a child, educated for 12 years in Catholic schools and am still a regularly practicing Catholic. Some weeks ago, I read a column of yours that absolutely floored ...

Gay priests? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have heard that 60 percent of Catholic priests are gay. Is this the truth? (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) A. Frankly, no one has an accurate answer to your question. Numbers vary widely, and I have seen ...

Dementia and holy CommunionFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My father is 86 years old and was raised in the Catholic Church. He was considered an intellectual and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy. He became a nonpracticing Catholic and in fact rejected the church, ...

Problem with song leader Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I live in a large parish and find my affiliation with my church meaningful and positive -- except for one thing. (I've struggled with this, as I don't want to be unkind, so I would appreciate your ...

Adoption by same-sex coupleFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I read recently in the Catholic press that representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) had written a letter in support of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act. That ...

Marriage to non-Christian Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. As a baptized and confirmed Catholic and member of a parish, if I marry a non-Christian who does not want to convert to Christianity, can I be married in a Catholic church? And if we don't get married ...

Reaction of Jews and Romans to resurrection of ChristFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have always been puzzled by the lack of reaction to Christ's resurrection from Jewish citizens and Roman officials. It is well-documented that Jesus suffered and died, and his execution was authorized ...

Which knee for genuflection? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Growing up, I was always taught to genuflect with the right knee. But now I see more and more people using their left knee. Has there been a change that I am not aware of? Is it permissible to alternate ...