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J and J vaccineFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My question regards the Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster. Six months ago, Catholic bishops were recommending to get any vaccine available, notwithstanding that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was ...

Disruptions in church Father Kenneth Doyle

Recently, I responded in this column to a question about disruptions at Mass. The letter writer said that a parishioner had been creating a scene regularly in church -- throwing her arms toward the sky, ...

Prayer to St. MichaelFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I had attended a nearby Catholic church for more than 20 years. But now I have been driving 40 minutes to another parish because of changes to restore "old traditions" at my local parish. One of them ...

Renewal of vows for non-Catholics Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can a Catholic priest officiate at the renewal of vows for a non-Catholic couple? (City and state withheld) A. I've never seen any "rule" on this, but if asked by a non-Catholic couple I would have ...

Morality of boxingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Why has the Catholic Church not condemned boxing? It is the only sport in the world whose purpose is to hurt your opponent, even to knock him out. People in other sports get hurt, but the purpose is ...

Did God 'require' sacrifice of Jesus Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I wonder about Jesus being a "sacrifice" for the expiation of sins. Why did God the Father "require" that Christ be a "sacrifice" for the forgiveness of the sins of mankind? (Louisville, Kentucky) A. ...

Pope kissing handFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have always seen on television the reverence shown to the pope, including people kissing his hand. I am wondering whether the pope ever kisses anyone else's hand. My understanding is that the Holy ...

Can prayer change God's mind? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can you please tell me the purpose of prayer? I understand prayers of thanksgiving and prayers of adoration, but I don't understand prayers of petition. I was always taught that God doesn't change. So ...