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Forgiveness of 'many' or 'all?'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. During Mass, at the consecration of the wine, the priest says, "for the forgiveness of many." Why not "for the forgiveness of all?" (Northampton, Pennsylvania) A. I should start by saying that it ...

Existence of purgatory Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was raised to be a devout Catholic and have a great interest in works of theology, such as those by Thomas Aquinas. But my mother, who is also a Catholic, doesn't believe in purgatory. She thinks ...

Mass obligation, emotional struggleFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My beloved husband of 35 years passed away two years ago, and I have had great difficulty attending Mass since his death -- it invariably causes me to feel lightheaded and to cry. (I have usually had ...

Limit on number of Masses? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. During the current pandemic, given the limitation on attendance imposed by civil authorities, we are planning to hold simultaneous Masses in our church and parish hall. We anticipate having to hold ...

Christ's descent into hellFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I get The Catholic Virginian and have enjoyed reading your column over the years. But I do have a question that has always bothered me, even though I have made more than 30 retreats at a Jesuit retreat ...

Feeling need for forgiveness Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a teenage girl who would like some advice. I have committed a serious sin. I knew that it was wrong, that it was considered a mortal sin, which would separate me from God, but I decided to do ...

Who created COVID-19?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In a recent letter to our archdiocesan paper -- The Catholic Sentinel -- someone wrote that: "In regard to COVID-19, there is no evidence that God had anything to do either with its development or ...

Rules on receiving Communion Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My cousin was married 40 years ago in a civil ceremony when she was only 17. After eight years, that marriage ended in divorce. She has now been remarried for some 25 years -- once again, not in the ...