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God and the Gay Christian: A Critical Review

On March 8, 2012, former Harvard student Matthew Vines gave a talk at a Methodist Church in Kansas titled, “The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality.” The ta…

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I've worked at Catholic Answers as a staff apologist since 2003. This will mark my tenth year in apologetics. Most questions I receive through letters, phone ca…

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God's power overcomes all obstacles - 'I prayed and God said, 'You put in the effort and I will meet…

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Does the Catechism encourage private interpretation of the Bible?

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After the Pope's visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly-anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departur…

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Is it required that the bodily remains or cremains be present at a Catholic funeral?

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Is it required that the bodily remains or cremains be present at a Catholic funeral?


No, but it is good for the remains to be at the funeral if possible, because they can then be blessed. If the remains are not present at a funeral Mass, then the Mass that is offered is a memorial Mass.


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