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Voting for pro-abortion candidateFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My family have all been cradle Catholics, but currently we are at odds. How can any Catholic vote for a Democrat who professes to be pro-abortion? How can Catholics look forward to someday meeting ...

What to say in confession Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have not been to confession in at least 10 years. I want to go, but I have no idea what to say. How am I to remember all of my sins and the number of times that I have committed them? (Columbus, ...

Racism and immigrationFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. There is currently in the U.S. an issue of serious concern to those who follow the teachings of Jesus, but I have not heard a word about it from the pulpit or in my Catholic newspaper. It is the racism ...

Communion chalice and health risks Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I've been wondering about this for a long time. Why, at holy Communion, do we have to drink from the same chalice that everyone else has used? It seems to me to be a very unsanitary practice, with ...

Dipping host into chaliceFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Earlier this year, I saw a communicant take the host and proceed to dip it into the consecrated wine before consuming it. Is this acceptable? (I had never seen it before.) (Annandale, Virginia) A. ...

Friday abstinence for vegans Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. What do persons who don't normally eat meat do about the church's rules on abstinence, such as on the Fridays during Lent? Nowadays, many Catholics are mainly fish eaters anyway, or they are vegans ...

Age of first CommunionFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have two sons, ages five (entering kindergarten) and seven (entering second grade), who attend Mass with me every week. They have strong faith, know their prayers and comprehend all of the religious ...

Mary during the ministry of Jesus Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am wondering what Mary did and where she lived during the three years of Jesus' ministry. Did she travel with the "women who ministered to him?" (Wichita, Kansas) A. In the Gospels, once the public ...