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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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Can the Chaplet Be Prayed on One Decade?

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Full Question How would you pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy using only one decade of a rosary? Answer If you don’t have a full rosary, you can certainly pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy on a single decade. You would simply progress through the single decade of beads five consecutive times, similar to how a






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Does the Bible Teach that the Saints in Heaven Are Alive?

Full Question What Scripture verse(s) can be used to support the belief that saints in heaven are alive? Answer The Bible does teach that the saints are alive. Consider, for example, that Jesus teaches that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is “not God not of the dead, but of the living” (Matt. 22:32; see






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Did Jesus Condemn Wearing Ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Every year toward the start of Lent, questions about the Catholic observance of Lent arise. “How long is Lent?” “Can I have what I gave up for Lent on Sunday?” “Am I allowed to eat bacon bits on my salad during Lent?” One of the most common questions I’ve come across is “But how can we






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Can I Receive Communion If My First Husband Dies?

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Full Question If I am divorced and remarried, can I receive communion if my first husband dies? Answer The Church presumes the first exchange of vows is valid unless proven otherwise (canon 1060).  That would mean that without an annulment a divorced person is not free to remarry and any subsequent exchange of vows would






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Do We Fast on Sundays in Lent?

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Full Question Do Sundays “count” during Lent for fasting? Answer USCCB: Apart from the prescribed days of fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and the days of abstinence every Friday of Lent, Catholics have traditionally chosen additional penitential practices for the whole Time of Lent. These practices are disciplinary in nature and often






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Does the Church support the Coming Home Network?

Full Question Does the Catholic Church support the Coming Home Network International? Answer The Coming Home Network International is a Catholic lay organization and not an official arm of the Catholic Church. Nevertheless, it certainly enjoys the approval of the bishop of the diocese in which its headquarters are situated, as well as the support of many respected






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