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15 Aug 2016 Q&A No comments

Is faith necessary for adults to be baptized?

Full Question Is faith necessary for adults to be baptized? Answer Adults must have faith for baptism, but it need not be a fully developed faith. …

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22 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Notes on a rollicking hump day at the 2015 Synod of Bishops

Synods of Bishops may be many things under Pope Francis, but dull is certainly not among them. On Wednesday, the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family heard th…

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20 Oct 2015 Articles Comments (12)

Purgatory Described in Full

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a "purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven," which is experie…

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18 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (7)

How do we explain the necessity of Mary's immaculate conception?

Full Question How should one explain to a Protestant why it was necessary for Mary to be conceived without original sin but that it does not naturally foll…

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29 Sep 2016 Articles Comments (1)

Three adorable videos to remind us what love is

Sometimes kids are the best examples of unconditional love. Kids are wonderful little people who are born to make connections with others, love unconditional…

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14 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (6)

What incentive do I have not to sin if I am already in the state of mortal sin?

Full Question It is my understanding that if someone dies in the state of mortal sin he will not go to heaven. What incentive do I have not to sin if I am …

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20 May 2016 Articles Comments (4)

It May Be Real for You, but Not for Me

If you haven’t seen “College Kids Say the Darndest Things,” a recent video released by the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW), check it out. You will …

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25 Nov 2015 News USA No comments

Pope Francis appoints new bishop for Catholics nurtured in the Anglican Communion

Pope Francis   announced the appointment of the first Bishop of the ordinate of the chair of Peter, Msgr. Steven J. Lopes. The Ordinariate has more than 40 Roma…

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11 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

How can a perfect God coexist with imperfection?

Full Question An atheist friend asked me, "If God is perfect, how can perfection coexist with imperfection (i.e. an imperfect universe)?" How should I resp…

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‘Protect church-state separation’ during papal visit, group urges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has warned officials in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia to “respect separation of church and state” during the upcoming papal visit.

“Government officials must be very careful not to spend taxpayer dollars for any of the Pope’s religious activities while he is in the United States,” the group stated. “Government bodies must not provide any aid to a Pope’s religious activities that goes beyond the provision of services — such as police, safety, and security — that are regularly given for comparable public events of a similar size.”


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