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Obligation for televised Mass?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. During the current coronavirus pandemic, when we are not obligated to attend Mass, I believe that we should be required to watch the Mass on television when possible. Does this obligation vary from ...

Natural phenomena at death of Christ Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. At the precise time that Jesus died, the sanctuary curtain was torn in half, darkness and earthquakes occurred and many were converted to Christianity because they felt this was proof that Jesus was ...

Do converts have to be 'remarried?'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. A friend and his wife, along with their daughter, were recently confirmed into the Catholic Church after being Methodists their entire life, including getting married within the Methodist Church. They ...

Forgiveness of 'many' or 'all?' Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. During Mass, at the consecration of the wine, the priest says, "for the forgiveness of many." Why not "for the forgiveness of all?" (Northampton, Pennsylvania) A. I should start by saying that it ...

Existence of purgatoryFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was raised to be a devout Catholic and have a great interest in works of theology, such as those by Thomas Aquinas. But my mother, who is also a Catholic, doesn't believe in purgatory. She thinks ...

Mass obligation, emotional struggle Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My beloved husband of 35 years passed away two years ago, and I have had great difficulty attending Mass since his death -- it invariably causes me to feel lightheaded and to cry. (I have usually had ...

Limit on number of Masses?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. During the current pandemic, given the limitation on attendance imposed by civil authorities, we are planning to hold simultaneous Masses in our church and parish hall. We anticipate having to hold ...

Christ's descent into hell Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I get The Catholic Virginian and have enjoyed reading your column over the years. But I do have a question that has always bothered me, even though I have made more than 30 retreats at a Jesuit retreat ...