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Still an Apostolic Church?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM February 25, 2019

In light of the agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Holy See, signed on September 22, 2018, can Catholics still claim to be..

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Tempted to Leave the Church

By Pat McCloskey, OFM February 25, 2019

As cradle Catholics, my wife and I are tempted to leave the Catholic Church because of its grossly inadequate response to clerical sexual abuse of..

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How Can Jesus Be Blessed by Anyone?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM February 25, 2019

In the Hail Mary, we say, “Blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Jesus was holy from the very beginning. How can he be blessed by anyone?

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Good People Who Died before Jesus

By Pat McCloskey, OFM January 25, 2019

I was taught that prior to Christ’s dying and rising, people (in the Old Testament) could not enter heaven and see God. What about Abraham, Moses,..

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Why Does the Church Use Wine?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM January 25, 2019

A number of my Protestant friends who have studied Greek use grape juice at their communion service. Why does the Catholic Church use wine?

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Staying in God's Grace

By Pat McCloskey, OFM January 25, 2019

I am gay. What can I do to stay in God’s grace and live a full, happy life as a gay man?

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Treating Cremains Reverently

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 26, 2018

Although I know the Catholic Church approves of cremation, I can’t find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church what the Church requires that..

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The Valley of Death

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 26, 2018

What is meant by the expression “the valley of the shadow of death”? I am a lifelong Catholic nearing the end of life. So much has changed over..

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‘But It Was on the Internet!’

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 26, 2018

Are there any readings, books, or websites to explain to my 79-year-old sister that the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary, telling her that she..

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Handling Opposition to One’s Catholic Faith

By Pat McCloskey, OFM November 26, 2018

How can good Catholics respond to people who question our beliefs or openly reject our Catholic faith? On matters of religion, I try to avoid..

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