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Confessing a murder/ Homilist limited in English

Confessing a murder/ Homilist limited in English Q. I am an old-time Catholic. We were taught that, to be forgiven in confession, we had to: 1) be truly sorry; 2) resolve firmly never to commit the sin again; and 3) make it right (e.g., give the money back, tell people that the gossip was a lie, etc.). On television and in the movies, sometimes a...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

After 25 years, Alaska priest still loves his Russian Far East mission

WASHINGTON (CNS) – It has been 25 years and counting, but Father Michael Shields doesn't have any plans to leave the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska’s mission in Magadan, Russia, any time soon.             Father Shields, 69, loves...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

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