A forum of Catholic Thought

Should some politicians be excommunicated?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. The Church's Code of Canon Law (No. 1398) says that a person who procures an abortion incurs excommunication. Do Catholic politicians who vote to provide abortions incur this same penalty? (Woodbridge, ...

Seeking correction on Virgin Mary Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Several weeks ago in your column, you stated that Mary remained a virgin after Jesus' birth and for the rest of her life. The Bible states otherwise. Matthew 1:24-25 says that Joseph "did not know ...

Do Catholic movie ratings bind in conscience?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Are the movie ratings done by Catholic News Service binding in conscience? I am a young adult and am curious to know whether all movies rated as acceptable either for general patronage, for adults ...

More on crying babies Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. A follow-up question on the "crying babies" issue: I have ruined Sundays for many of my fellow parishioners. My children were very fussy during Mass and always at their worst. They would scream and ...

Missing Mass while travelingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Now is the time of year when I book a summer tour for my family. I always try for a place where I know there will be an accessible Saturday evening or Sunday Mass; although my intentions are good, ...

Confirmation for developmentally disabled Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our son, age 24, has severe cognitive delays. Would he be able to be confirmed? What level of understanding is required? (New Philadelphia, Ohio) A. Your son would certainly be able to be confirmed, ...

Parish finance reportingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I belong to a Catholic community in Florida that has been in existence for 32 years. For all that time, we have had only one pastor. The problem is that we have never seen a parish financial report, ...

Are deceased aware of those on earth? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. As a longtime practicing Catholic, I would like to know whether the Church has a position on whether those who are now in heaven can observe, and are aware of, how we are living our lives here on earth. ...