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'Readings and Homilies Hinder My Faith'

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 27, 2019

How can I attend Sunday Mass when the readings and homilies make me question my faith? I love the Catholic Church, the faith in which I was..

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Martyrs for Their Faith or Their Politics

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 27, 2019

According to your Saint of the Day online entry for September 2 (John Francis Burté and three other Franciscans), these priests were martyred for..

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Godparents in the Russian Orthodox Church

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 27, 2019

Two family members have been asked to be godparents for a Baptism in the Russian Orthodox Church. Does the Catholic Church permit this? 

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For All? For Many?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM November 27, 2019

We have been told for years that Jesus died to save all people. In the Mass, we are told that he came to save “many.” Which is correct?

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Why the Push for a Latin Mass?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM November 27, 2019

There seems to be a push to return to the Latin Mass and all its implications. Our parish has become very divided when this was imposed on us with..

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Crying about the Afterlife

By Pat McCloskey, OFM November 27, 2019

Sometimes at night I cry about my own death and the afterlife. At 17, I don’t want to make wrong choices (especially about chastity). Why am I so..

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Pedophile Priests Protected

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 29, 2019

My wife and I do not feel comfortable discussing this with our parish priest and hope you can provide some guidance. As cradle Catholics, we find..

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A Nephew's Coming Out

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 29, 2019

I am the only practicing Catholic in my family of birth and my husband’s. My only nephew may soon “come out” to our overseas family about his..

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Quick Questions and Answers

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 29, 2019

Do Catholics take seriously the corporal work of mercy to visit those in prison? Do Catholic parishes and colleges or universities have this on..

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No Rides to Weekday Masses

By Pat McCloskey, OFM September 27, 2019

I have a very rare and painful illness that has left me handicapped. I have trouble finding rides to doctors’ offices and to church. 

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