A forum of Catholic Thought

Is the devil a being?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Is the devil an actual being, or is he a metaphor for "people doing bad," and for just general evil in the world? I've sometimes heard this last called "the demonic," which I understood to mean ...

Does watching a televised Mass provide spiritual nourishment? Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: In the past few weeks, due to extreme weather, I've missed Mass a couple of times. My parish has a Facebook channel, so I watched the services there instead. I wasn't able to receive Communion. In ...

Can Catholics married outside the church take Communion?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: My son is dating a Protestant girl. If my son married outside of the Catholic Church, is he not permitted to take the Eucharist? I am praying that the girl consents to have a Catholic matrimony, but ...

Why do Orthodox churches have a valid celebration of the Eucharist? Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: How is it possible that the Orthodox practice of the Sacrament of the Eucharist would ever be considered as the true body and blood of Christ from the Catholic perspective simply because of an understanding ...

Why can't the church use disposable plastic cups at Mass?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: My parish recently returned to communion under the second species. A eucharistic minister holds one cup and one cloth and does one wipe after each serve. Most people are still not receiving it for ...

Why so much incense at Mass? Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Our daughter has totally given up going to church because of the relentless use of incense at each Mass. It doesn't bother me, but I do notice a lot of people in the congregation that obviously have ...

Why does the Christmas season end with Jesus' baptism?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: I always thought the end of the Christmas season came with Epiphany and the arrival of the Magi. A priest recently said the season doesn't end until a week later with the Baptism of the Lord. What ...

What is church teaching on Protestant Communion and the Real Presence? Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: What is the church currently teaching about the Real Presence in other denominations? I thought that at one time we recognized both the Lutherans and the Anglicans as having the Real Presence. Does ...