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Keeping Lord's day holyFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I write to ask for guidelines on the Third Commandment -- keeping holy the Lord's day. I do not consider some of the things that I do to be work -- cooking, for example, minor cleanups, mowing, trimming, ...

Holy Communion without Mass? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. This morning, I went to weekday Mass, as is my custom. Due to a heavy snowstorm in the area, I was the only person there, so the priest decided not to celebrate Mass. I asked whether I could receive ...

Remain a Catholic?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. How, in good conscience, can I remain a practicing Catholic with all the scandal and hypocrisy exposed within the Church? So many of the Church's actions seem far removed from the message of Jesus. The ...

Scolding from pulpit Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. What is the reason behind some sermons sounding like a scolding and some being so uplifting? Our new pastor is the complete opposite of our former priest, and I hate being scolded. I need instead to ...

Plush retirement for priestsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. With all due respect to my Catholic faith, there is one thing that I question. Many, many devout Catholics have contributed over the years to special collections for the benefit of retired priests. ...

Can prayers clinch heaven? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was given a prayer folder that tells me that I will suffer no purgatory and be taken directly to heaven when I die, provided that I say these prayers daily for 12 years. (Missed days can be made ...

The church and climate changeFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am appalled that the Church has apparently bought into the climate change mania. This, despite significant scientific evidence to the contrary -- and especially in spite of its obvious political ...

Changing a child's godparents Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was wondering whether you're allowed to change your child's godparents and, if so, how to go about it and have it be acceptable to the church. The situation is this: When we chose our daughter's ...