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Is my friend 'dead' in Christ due to her irregular marriage status?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: John 6:54 states the following: "Jesus said to them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.'" I just met a sister ...

What is church teaching on yoga and reiki? Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Can you explain the church's teachings about yoga and reiki? Recently, a priest gave a presentation in which he said that, to avoid the devil, Catholics should also avoid things like palm readers and ...

Is logging Mass attendance for Catholic school discounts aligned with canon law?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Many Catholic schools in the archdiocese I am in are now adopting expectations to attend 75 percent of the year's Masses and holy days of obligation only at the school's parish to receive "active parishioner ...

Can voting for a politician in a particular political party be sinful? Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: After the last presidential election, while in confession, I asked the priest this question and his response astounded me. He said voting for a Democrat was a mortal sin, their political stance on ...

Does an obligation to attend Mass on Ascension Thursday include those traveling outside the diocese?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: I live in a diocese where the feast of the Ascension is celebrated on Thursday. This year, I was traveling for work on Ascension Thursday, and in the diocese where my conference was, Ascension was ...

Can I go to a Methodist church since there are no Catholic churches nearby? Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: I recently moved to a rural area, and my current parish is now nearly an hour drive away. There are no Catholic churches in my new area. There is, however, a Methodist church right across the street ...

What role might artificial intelligence play in catechesis?Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: Can an artificial intelligence program licitly receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders? And regardless, what role do you think AI might be able to play in catechesis, if any? (Bridgeport, CT) A: No, ...

What's going on with the Latin Mass? Jenna Marie Cooper

Q: What's going on with the Latin Mass, and why do some priests like to celebrate it while others don't? (Ocean View, DE) A: It's good to keep in mind that priests are human beings who, like the rest ...