A forum of Catholic Thought

Did Jesus feel abandoned?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When Jesus was dying on the cross, according to the Gospel, he cried out, "My God, why have you abandoned me?" Why was he saying this? Did he really feel that his Father had abandoned him? (Coxs Creek, ...

Son's 'bad' angel Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My son, who is 19, has suffered from anxiety and depression since puberty, although it's only recently that we have recognized it for what it is. He began using marijuana in his early teens, dropped ...

Privileges of a deacon/Longing for heavenFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Often, I have been at a Mass where the deacon reads the Gospel, which is fine. But then, sometimes, the deacon goes on to give the homily while the priest watches. This disappoints me and makes me ...

How to obtain relics? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Please forgive my awful handwriting. I have multiple sclerosis and also Parkinson's disease and can no longer do very well on a typewriter or computer. My question is: Why is it so hard to obtain first-class ...

Doomed by Scripture?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In the Book of Wisdom (3:17-18 and 4:3) it indicates that children born of a forbidden union will suffer a miserable fate and not amount to anything. They are illegitimate and can never lay a firm ...

Missing Mass on cruise ship Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Every summer, my husband and I go on a cruise. Only one cruise line (Holland America) continues to have a priest on board to say Mass. When we travel on other cruise lines, frequently we have missed ...

Protestants, Catholics and tithingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I grew up in a Protestant church but converted to Catholicism. Sometimes it seems to me that Catholics give a lot less money to their churches than Protestants do. (The Sunday collections reported ...

When to leave Mass? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When is it proper to leave church at the end of Mass? Do you have to stay for the recessional hymn to end, or can we leave after the blessing, while the recessional is still being sung? (city and state ...