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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

Special collection for Retirement Fund for Religious is Dec. 8-9

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 8-9 in the Diocese of Evansville. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, D.C., the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests. The Diocese of Evansville d...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Words for distributing Communion/Confirmation required for marriage?

Words for distributing Communion/Confirmation required for marriage? Q. As an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, I have something bothering me. As we give out Communion, we say "body of Christ" for the host and "blood of Christ" for the chalice. But aren't we actually offering the "complete Christ" -- body, blood, soul and divinity -- under each species? (Oga...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Pakistani priest now in U.S. recalls his own persecution in home country

Pakistani priest now in U.S. recalls his own persecution in home country PHILADELPHIA (CNS) – A Pakistani Catholic priest living in Philadelphia is grateful to learn that Asia Bibi, a Catholic convicted of violating Pakistan's strict blasphemy laws, has had her death sentence overturned.             Father Tar...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018