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What Constitutes a Valid Absolution

Answered By Fr. Charles Grondin Full Question What is required for a valid absolution? Answer The most essential words of absolution are: “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Rite of Penance, 19). Although the fuller prayer (“God the Father of mercies










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What is the significance of the number forty in Scripture?

Full Question What is the significance of the number forty in Scripture? Answer The number forty appears many times in the Bible: Forty days and nights of rain during the flood Moses lived forty years in Egypt Moses spent forty days on Mount Sinai The Jews journeyed through the desert for forty years to the Promised Land










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Is Anna the Prophetess considered a Roman Catholic saint?

Answered By Fr. Charles Grondin Full Question Is Anna the Prophetess considered a Roman Catholic saint? Answer Yes, she is considered a saint by the Catholic Church. Her feast day is September 1. The Roman Martyrology describes her as “blessed Anna, prophetess, whose sanctity is revealed in the Gospel.”










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Singing as God in the First Person

Answered By Fr. Charles Grondin Full Question Is it a problem theologically to sing hymns in which the congregation sings as God in the first person? Answer Personally, I have never liked hymns that have the congregation singing as God in the first person. It strikes me as strange that all the prayers of the Mass










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Do Protestants go to heaven?

Full Question Do Protestants go to heaven? Answer It’s possible, although they wouldn’t be saved on account of their distinctive Protestant beliefs. All salvation comes by Jesus Christ and through his one Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church elaborates on the possibility of eternal salvation for non-Catholic Christians and non-Christians: How are we










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is it sinful for a Catholic to contest a will?

Answered By Fr. Charles Grondin Full Question is it sinful for a Catholic to contest a will? Answer It is not inherently sinful to contest a will. What could be sinful are the intentions for doing so. If someone was contesting a will because of greed, envy, revenge, etc., then that would indeed be sinful. If, however, someone










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Is a Protestant allowed to go to confession?

Answered By Fr. Charles Grondin Full Question Is a Protestant allowed to go to confession? Answer Under normal circumstances, no, non-Catholics should not receive Catholic sacraments. The Code of Canon Law: Catholic ministers administer the sacraments licitly to Catholic members of the Christian faithful alone (can. 844 §1). Non-Catholics may receive Catholic sacraments only if there is










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