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Did Our Blessed Mother Suffer Labor Pains?

Full Question Did our Blessed Mother suffer labor pains when she gave birth to Jesus? Answer The idea that Mary did not experience the pains of labor is usually deduced from the fact that she was conceived without original sin (CCC 490-493). Since a consequence of original sin is bearing children in pain (Gen. 3:16),






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Can a Priest Refuse to Hear My Confession?

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Q: My teenager wanted to go to confession after Mass, so he went to the sacristy to ask the priest. Inside, Father was just hanging around, laughing and joking with the altar servers. When my son asked for confession, he was told to come back at the time when confessions are heard, and that he






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May a Catholic Attend a Lesbian Bridal Shower?

Full Question Is it permissible for a Catholic to attend a gay bridal shower? Answer Although bridal showers are not weddings, they support those who are preparing for marriage or, in the case of a same-sex couple, for example, invalidly attempting to get married. You always want to do everything you can to make a difference






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When was the Church first called “Catholic”?

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Full Question When was the Church first called “Catholic”? I know Scripture tells us when the first Christians were called Christians (at Antioch), but I don’t know when they or the Church was called “Catholic.” Answer The earliest document we have in which “Catholic” is used to label the Church is a letter from Ignatius






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When Was the Devil Created?

Full Question If Adam and Eve were the first persons God created, where did the devil in the Garden of Eden come from? Answer Adam and Eve were the first human persons created, but the devil and other angelic persons were created before them. Angels are pure spirits (CCC 328-30). Neither the creation account in






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What Ritual Church Am I Part Of?

Full Question I’m baptized Protestant, chrismated Romanian Byzantine; my father used to be Roman Catholic but left before I was born. What rite am I part of? Answer 1990 Code of Canons for Oriental Churches: Baptized non-Catholics coming into full communion with the Catholic Church should retain and practice their own rite everywhere in the






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Is It OK to Adopt an Embryo?

Full Question What is Church teaching on embryo adoption? Answer The closest the Church has come to addressing this specific issue was in the document Dignitas Personae: It has also been proposed, solely in order to allow human beings to be born who are otherwise condemned to destruction, that there could be a form of “prenatal






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Should I Attend My Daughter’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’?

Full Question My daughter is having a same-sex marriage. Everybody says that, as her father, I should go. What do you have to say? Answer Your daughter certainly needs to know that you love her, and it’s important that you do all you can to maintain communication with her. But part of loving her is






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Do Catholics and Orthodox Have the Same Bible?

Full Question Do Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox have the same canon of Scripture? Answer No, the Eastern Orthodox have a slightly different canon of Scripture. Everything in the Catholic canon is included in the Eastern Orthodox canon, but they have some additional parts: 3 & 4 Maccabees Psalm 151 The Prayer of Manasseh in






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When Can Confirmation Be Denied?

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Full Question When can a child preparing for confirmation be denied confirmation? Answer Denial of a sacrament is a very serious thing. Canon Law grants the right to receive the sacraments to Catholics “who seek them at appropriate times, are properly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them” (canon 843 §1). Assuming






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