A forum of Catholic Thought

The church and climate changeFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am appalled that the Church has apparently bought into the climate change mania. This, despite significant scientific evidence to the contrary -- and especially in spite of its obvious political ...

Changing a child's godparents Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was wondering whether you're allowed to change your child's godparents and, if so, how to go about it and have it be acceptable to the church. The situation is this: When we chose our daughter's ...

How are non-Catholics forgiven?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Catholics are blessed to have the sacrament of reconciliation. But what about other faiths? How do non-Catholics have their sins forgiven? (Honolulu) A. The Catholic Church has a long history of ...

Did Jesus feel abandoned? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When Jesus was dying on the cross, according to the Gospel, he cried out, "My God, why have you abandoned me?" Why was he saying this? Did he really feel that his Father had abandoned him? (Coxs Creek, ...

Son's 'bad' angelFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My son, who is 19, has suffered from anxiety and depression since puberty, although it's only recently that we have recognized it for what it is. He began using marijuana in his early teens, dropped ...

Privileges of a deacon/Longing for heaven Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Often, I have been at a Mass where the deacon reads the Gospel, which is fine. But then, sometimes, the deacon goes on to give the homily while the priest watches. This disappoints me and makes me ...

How to obtain relics?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Please forgive my awful handwriting. I have multiple sclerosis and also Parkinson's disease and can no longer do very well on a typewriter or computer. My question is: Why is it so hard to obtain first-class ...

Doomed by Scripture? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In the Book of Wisdom (3:17-18 and 4:3) it indicates that children born of a forbidden union will suffer a miserable fate and not amount to anything. They are illegitimate and can never lay a firm ...