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31 Dec 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Was I wrong to take the host back to my pew?

Full Question I sit in the first row at Mass because I am hearing-impaired. When visiting a church recently, the usher gestured for me to go up for Communi…

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Baghdad patriarch urges international community to do more to stop ISIS

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08 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (5)

Does the Sunday observance begin on Saturday evening, in imitation of the Jewish sabbath?

Full Question In ancient Judaism the sabbath was from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. If Sunday is the Christian sabbath, should we celebrate it …

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27 Jan 2015 Articles Comments (2)

Catholics! Keep Your Trees Up!

New Year’s Day promises two certainties: college football bowl games and Christmas trees on the curb. To Catholics, of course, January 1 is the Solemnity …

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Pope Asks for Prayers for Upcoming Trip to Albania

At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis greeted those present in various languages. In his greetings in Arabic, he addressed the faithful of the Ho…

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08 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Why was it necessary for Jesus to have been born of a woman?

Full Question Why was it necessary for Jesus to have been born of a woman? Answer Vatican II responds: The Father of mercies willed that the Inc…

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16 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

2015 World Meeting of Families Will Help Synod on the Family

The 8th World Day of Families, to be held in Philadelphia from September 22-27, 2015, was presented today in the Holy See Press Office. The theme of the event w…

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  1. Peter Aiello Reply

    It’s not a technology problem; it is a human problem.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    “Technology has become so invasive that more and more people are suffering debilitating loneliness.”
    I followed the links back and have come to the conclusion that the source material for the conclusions drawn here, is very thin and incomplete. It even appears that two different sets of unrelated age groups were surveyed, and then presented as if they were the same. I couldn’t find any original report or study, so who knows. It’s mostly opinion. The question is – who is suffering this loneliness? Is it older folks, who in decades and centuries past would have already passed on, or is it younger folks who are unable to get the jobs they want, and lack the funds to socialize in any other way? I could find no real details on what was being studied. Without that – it’s an opinion piece; not science.
    Is anyone asking these people who are using these services if they are actually happy with their lives? If these applications give them what they want out of life, then more power to them. I got the feeling from some of the interviews, that the users of these apps were satisfied with their lives. If so, what’s the problem? There’s no sex involved, so what does the Church care? It’s not part of their manic obsession. Or maybe the problem is that they are waiting too long to pump out the next generation of little Catholics and will have obtained critical thinking skills and life experiences by the time they do have kids, and they will know by then that religion is the problem, not the solution…
    If the users can afford $100/mo. for a virtual friend, then they are quite probably busy and successful, and have little time for dating. Perhaps other people who really are lonely would benefit from such programs? In our evolving world, it makes sense to try it and see what works and what doesn’t. Barring the long sought after Apocalypse that all three Abrahamic religions anxiously look forward to and seem determined to bring about, the technology is not going away, so let’s figure out how to use it to our benefit. Perhaps these virtual friend apps are therapeutic. It’s worth further study – real study – to learn more.

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