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Praying for a ‘Happy Death’

Jun 12, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
Is it all right to ask God to give someone a happy death?

Still a Leper?

Jun 12, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
In Matthew 26:6-13 and Mark 14:3-9, we read that Jesus was eating at the home of “Simon the leper” when Jesus was anointed with costly perfumed oil. Did Jesus heal Simon of his leprosy?

Widowed Deacons

Jun 11, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
A Catholic neighbor recently told me her parish priest said that if a deacon’s wife dies, the Church forbids him from marrying again. What is the reasoning behind this Church ruling?

Mary as ‘Mirror of Justice’

Jun 11, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
I pray the rosary and the Litany of Loreto daily for world peace and the end of abortion. What does the litany’s invocation ‘mirror of justice’ mean?

Are the Knights of Columbus Anti-gay?

Jun 11, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
Q. I recently heard that the Knights of Columbus spent over $500,000 on anti-gay literature. Where is this hatred of gays coming from? Also, can my local pastor refuse me Communion at Mass if I tell him that I am a member of Call to Action?

How Could Jesus ‘Become Sin’?

Jun 11, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that God made “him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (602). What does this mean? How can the Son of God be sin?

The Bible and Homosexuality

Jun 11, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
I am very confused about homosexuality. I know it’s a sin, but I don’t understand why society condemns this so much as compared to other sins.

The Holy Family’s Arrival in Nazareth

Jun 11, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
According to Luke, the Holy Family went to Nazareth a little more than 40 days after Jesus was born. Matthew’s Gospel suggests it may have been several years later. Which was it?

‘Is Every Encyclical Infallible?’

Jun 11, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
I know that the pope’s infallibility is not a personal trait but is part of his office as the successor of St. Peter. Even so, is every encyclical infallible?

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