A forum of Catholic Thought

Is confessor a worse sinner?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I know of several Catholics today who refuse to go to confession because they feel that the priest might be a worse sinner than they are. But yet if they get sick, they want their parish priest to ...

Realistic portrayal of Crucifixion Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My question centers on the physical appearance of the body of Jesus as he hangs on various crucifixes. I have yet to see one which conveys the suffering that Christ must have experienced during his ...

Confessing a murderFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am an old-time Catholic. We were taught that, to be forgiven in confession, we had to: 1) be truly sorry; 2) resolve firmly never to commit the sin again; and 3) make it right (e.g., give the money ...

Source of settlements on sex abuse Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. The news reports of settlements made in the millions of dollars to victims of clergy sex abuse trouble me. Were there secret assets from wills and estates on reserve for that purpose? Where did all ...

Possible to confess online?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Is Catholic confession available online? This would be so convenient. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) A. Certainly at this time, there is no provision in the church's sacramental practice for online confession ...

Is annual confession mandated? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Could a person go to daily Mass and receive Communion without having gone to confession in four years? (Batesville, Indiana) A. The answer, technically, is yes. If the person had committed no serious ...

Mass and clergy sex abuse/Sacraments and defrocked religiousFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have been a lifelong Catholic, never missing Mass on weekends or holy days. But for the last four or five weeks, I have not attended Mass, and it was a conscious decision. I am utterly disgusted ...

Confirmation required for marriage? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My question concerns the requirement for a Catholic to be confirmed before being allowed to be married in a Catholic wedding ceremony. My grandson is engaged to a Catholic girl who was baptized and ...