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Difference between priest and monsignorFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Could you explain for me the difference (if any) between "priest" and "monsignor"? Under what circumstances is a priest given the title of "monsignor"? (Burke, Virginia) A. "Monsignor" is a title ...

Gender change and morality Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. There has been a lot in the news lately about people who identify with the gender opposite the one listed on their birth certificate. Some take hormones of the opposite sex; some even have surgery ...

Prayer against tornadoes?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Would you please print a prayer of protection against tornadoes? Tornado warnings get my full attention. Recently, six tornadoes touched down here in Middle Tennessee on the same day. The television ...

Byzantine Catholics Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My future son-in-law is a member of the Byzantine Catholic Church. Recently, when he came to visit us, we all went together to our family's Roman Catholic parish, and he received holy Communion. First, ...

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, ...

Origin of Hail Mary Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have been wondering about the origin of the Hail Mary prayer. I realize that the first part is from the Scriptures, when Mary is greeted by her cousin Elizabeth, but when was the complete prayer ...

Creating fake identityFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I apologize for the length of this question, but I want you to understand the complete context. I am a 21-year-old male from Africa. About a year ago I joined an online freelancing site and created ...

Meaning of 'world without end' Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I enjoy reading your column in our archdiocesan newspaper, The Criterion, and I am hoping that you can help with something I have always wondered about: Why, at the end of the "Glory be to the Father," ...