A forum of Catholic Thought

Protestants, Catholics and tithingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I grew up in a Protestant church but converted to Catholicism. Sometimes it seems to me that Catholics give a lot less money to their churches than Protestants do. (The Sunday collections reported ...

When to leave Mass? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When is it proper to leave church at the end of Mass? Do you have to stay for the recessional hymn to end, or can we leave after the blessing, while the recessional is still being sung? (city and state ...

Wearing a veil in churchFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently, I have been "convicted" to wear a veil in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament -- both when I am at Mass and during my adoration hours in our parish's Chapel of Perpetual Adoration. Several ...

Jesus after resurrection Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Did the resurrected Jesus have a human body? (Carrollton, Georgia) A. It is a fundamental truth of Christianity that Jesus rose from the dead in his physical body. (This differs from the doctrine ...

Jesus in the tomb, but for how long?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently, I read in the Gospel of Matthew (12:40) where Jesus said, "Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the son of Man be in the heart of the earth three ...

Passion Sunday and Palm Sunday Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When I was growing up, we celebrated Passion Sunday and the statues in church were covered with purple cloths. (As I remember, that symbolized Jesus' hiding himself from the view of those who would ...

When did the Holy Spirit come?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have often wondered about the difference between the disciples receiving the Holy Spirit immediately after the Resurrection "on the evening of that first day of the week" (Jn 20:19-23) and the coming ...

Incense every Sunday? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. How often is a priest supposed to use incense at Mass -- every Sunday or just at special times? Our priest uses a pungent form of incense at each Sunday Mass. A lot of people are allergic to the incense ...