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Funeral Mass on Sunday?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently a funeral Mass was offered on a Sunday afternoon in our parish for a longtime parishioner. I believe I remember as a child being taught by the sisters in our Catholic school that funerals ...

How excommunication works Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. From what we are seeing on social media here in New York state, there seems to be some misunderstanding about what excommunication is and how it happens. Does the pope excommunicate someone, or can ...

Praying for Pope BenedictFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. During the eucharistic prayer, our diocese prays by name both for our current bishop and also for our retired bishop. Yet I have never heard our pope emeritus (Pope Benedict) mentioned during the eucharistic ...

Disposing of relics Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I received in the mail an unsolicited request for donations from a Catholic charitable organization. Included in the mailing was a third-class relic. I do not need to have a third-class relic of an ...

Giving to Shriners HospitalsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can Catholics morally give donations to the Shriners Hospitals? Their ads are very convincing, but aren't the Shriners Masons? (Surry, Virginia) A. All Shriners are Masons. (The reverse, though, ...

Mary ever-virgin Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Would you please explain the apparent contradiction in the verse in Matthew's Gospel (1:25) that says, "He (Joseph) had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus"? The use ...

Become Catholic to marry?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was browsing the internet today, ran across your column and have a question. I am in a long-term relationship with my partner, and we are planning on getting married next year. But we are having ...

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 ...