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Non-Catholics in heaven?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Has the Catholic Church ever considered for canonization an individual who had not been a Catholic? If not, why not? Are we still suggesting that only Catholics go to heaven? (Heber Springs, Arkansas) A. ...

Images of Mary Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am wondering how the common representation of Mary in art form came to be. Whether in Nativity scenes, statues or paintings, she is usually shown as being Caucasian (or at least European), with a ...

Response to 'The Keepers'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My husband was brought up a Catholic and has always been very committed to the church. I am a convert, and we are raising all of our kids in the Catholic faith. Two of my sons (who are now young adults) ...

No heaven? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am 86 years old. I was baptized as a child, educated for 12 years in Catholic schools and am still a regularly practicing Catholic. Some weeks ago, I read a column of yours that absolutely floored ...

Gay priests?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have heard that 60 percent of Catholic priests are gay. Is this the truth? (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) A. Frankly, no one has an accurate answer to your question. Numbers vary widely, and I have seen ...

Dementia and holy Communion Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My father is 86 years old and was raised in the Catholic Church. He was considered an intellectual and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy. He became a nonpracticing Catholic and in fact rejected the church, ...

Problem with song leaderFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I live in a large parish and find my affiliation with my church meaningful and positive -- except for one thing. (I've struggled with this, as I don't want to be unkind, so I would appreciate your ...

Adoption by same-sex couple Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I read recently in the Catholic press that representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) had written a letter in support of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act. That ...