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Communion in hand or tongue?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My sister claims that receiving holy Communion in the hand is disrespecting the Eucharist. I told her that it must be OK because the first sacrament of the Eucharist was received in the hand (at the ...

Marriage of Mary and Joseph Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have a question about one of your recent columns. (A woman wrote to say that her husband had been refusing for many years to have sexual relations with her, and you suggested that this violates the ...

The Sabbath: Saturday or Sunday?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Why do some religions say that the Sabbath day is Saturday while others -- including Catholics -- say it's on Sunday? (Eldon, Missouri) A. No, Catholics do not say that the Sabbath is on Sunday. The ...

What is the nativity fast? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I'm looking for some direction on an old Catholic tradition -- the nativity fast. Although I'm a lifelong Catholic, educated in Catholic schools, I had never heard of this until I watched a documentary ...

COVID-19 vaccine and parents' roleFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. In our pastor's homily last week, he stressed how important it is for teenagers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. From the pulpit, he praised a group of teenagers who are actively encouraging others their ...

Tattoos Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am thinking of getting a tattoo on my arm of my late daughter's handwriting. Is there anything in Catholic teaching against this? (I want to do this for my 75th birthday, which is coming up soon.) ...

J and J vaccineFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My question regards the Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster. Six months ago, Catholic bishops were recommending to get any vaccine available, notwithstanding that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was ...

Disruptions in church Father Kenneth Doyle

Recently, I responded in this column to a question about disruptions at Mass. The letter writer said that a parishioner had been creating a scene regularly in church -- throwing her arms toward the sky, ...