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Source of settlements on sex abuse/ Fee for 'nullity'

Source of settlements on sex abuse/ Fee for 'nullity' Q. The news reports of settlements made in the millions of dollars to victims of clergy sex abuse trouble me. Were there secret assets from wills and estates on reserve for that purpose? Where did all that money come from? (Metuchen, New Jersey) A. National Public Radio reported in August 2018 that...
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Can a Lutheran receive Catholic Eucharist?/ Possible to confess online?

Can a Lutheran receive Catholic Eucharist?/ Possible to confess online? Q. One of my sisters who is Lutheran recently moved to an area where there is no Lutheran church, so she started attending Mass at a nearby Catholic parish. She has been receiving the Eucharist at Mass even though she is not Catholic. She says that she asked the Catholic pastor and he said that it...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Pope: Everyone's hour will come, so be prepared for Judgment Day

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – People would be wise to think about Judgment Day and wonder what God will see when he examines their lives, Pope Francis said on Nov. 27.             "If the Lord were to call me today, what would I do? What will I sa...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Is annual confession mandated?/Can't understand priest

Is annual confession mandated?/Can't understand priest Q. Could a person go to daily Mass and receive Communion without having gone to confession in four years? (Batesville, Indiana) A. The answer, technically, is yes. If the person had committed no serious (mortal) sins over that four-year period, he or she could go to Mass and receive Communion every...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas: Take heart! God is with us!

Perhaps it's the compressed calendar or the external decor that grabs our attention with "Celebrate the season!" Or maybe it's the emphasis on reunions – bringing loved ones dear to us near to us for joy-filled sharing.             Whatev...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Emmanuel: The name sums up the Christmas message

We know what kind of person the infant Jesus, born on the first Christmas, would be in adult life: someone known for drawing near to others and walking with them in their actual lives.             The Gospel of Luke shows the resurrected Jesus...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Where do 'single Catholics' fit?/ Donations to Doctors Without Borders

Where do 'single Catholics' fit?/ Donations to Doctors Without Borders Q. Where do single people "rank" within the Catholic Church? Many times we are asked to pray for those who are married or who have followed a calling to the religious life -- but how many times has anyone in any parish been asked to pray for those who are single? Are we singles shut out, are we to...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bishops hear frank presentations, discussion on abuse crisis

Bishops hear frank presentations, discussion on abuse crisis BALTIMORE (CNS) – Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said on Nov. 14 that he had opened the bishops' fall general assembly "expressing some disappointment;" but "I end it with hope."        ...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Mass and clergy sex abuse/ Sacraments and defrocked religious

Mass and clergy sex abuse/ Sacraments and defrocked religious Q. I have been a lifelong Catholic, never missing Mass on weekends or holy days. But for the last four or five weeks, I have not attended Mass, and it was a conscious decision. I am utterly disgusted at what the Catholic Church has become. I still believe that the Catholic faith is the correct one,...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bishops consider, comment on proposed pastoral against racism

Editor’s note: U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved this pastoral letter in a Nov. 14 vote. The Message will have more coverage of the meeting in the Nov. 23 issue.  BALTIMORE (CNS) – The U.S. bishops took the first steps toward approving a pastoral letter against racism with the d...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018