|Transubstantiation at the Last Supper?|
Q — When Jesus shared his last meal with his followers, did the bread and wine become Jesus in the same way we understand that it becomes Jesus today? One person put it this way — “Did transubstantiation take place at the last supper?”
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
|Is secular humanism a religion?|
Q —Can humanism be considered a religion?|
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
|Celebrations of life vs. funerals|
Q — I often hear priests speak of funerals as “celebrations of
life.” Is there a difference between the two?|
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
|How can we support our parish priests?|
Q — I know you teach at a seminary and must follow priests through their careers. How can we, as parishioners, best support our priests, who can face loneliness as celibates? I know one should not take up too much time, because these men are so busy, but there must be a reasonable way to help.|
Thursday, September 17, 2015
|Everyone should be fiscally responsible|
Q — A recent newspaper article reports that an archbishop on the East coast is spending more than half a million dollars of archdiocese funds to renovate his retirement residence. Under Church law, are archbishops permitted to spend archdiocese funds for this purpose?|
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
|Disciples didn't always get it right|
Q —I understand this may be a silly question to you, but I’ve always been curious about the personalities of the disciples (context being how they behaved around people), so my question is: Were any of the disciples, before and during their time with the Lord, considered social misfits? Also, did any of the disciples not get along with each other?
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
|Natural moral law adds further dimension|
Q — That God created human sexuality for marriage and marriage only is a beautiful image and teaching. However, doesn’t this conflict with the fact that sexuality is found all over nature and that while some species are monogamous, others are not and in many (over 1,500 species) we can find homosexual behavior? How do we reconcile what we observed through God’s creation with this fundamental moral teaching of the Church?|
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
|On faith and food, number of hosts|
Q — Do Catholics have dietary restrictions, not including Lent? My mother remembers meat from animals with non-cloven hooves being forbidden.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
|Who is that 'certain man'?|
Q — In today’s Gospel — “go into the city to a certain man . . .” Who is that “certain man”?
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
|Liturgy shouldn't be a battleground|
Q — I don’t understand why the Nicene Creed contains the phrase “for us men” instead of a more appropriate “for us all.” Please explain.|
A — This is a good and interesting question. It probably doesn’t need to be pointed out that the theological intention in this article of the Creed is “for us all” and not “for us men” understood in terms of gender.
Thursday, March 13, 2014