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Communion chalice and health risksFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I've been wondering about this for a long time. Why, at holy Communion, do we have to drink from the same chalice that everyone else has used? It seems to me to be a very unsanitary practice, with ...

Dipping host into chalice Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Earlier this year, I saw a communicant take the host and proceed to dip it into the consecrated wine before consuming it. Is this acceptable? (I had never seen it before.) (Annandale, Virginia) A. ...

Friday abstinence for vegansFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. What do persons who don't normally eat meat do about the church's rules on abstinence, such as on the Fridays during Lent? Nowadays, many Catholics are mainly fish eaters anyway, or they are vegans ...

Age of first Communion Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have two sons, ages five (entering kindergarten) and seven (entering second grade), who attend Mass with me every week. They have strong faith, know their prayers and comprehend all of the religious ...

Mary during the ministry of JesusFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am wondering what Mary did and where she lived during the three years of Jesus' ministry. Did she travel with the "women who ministered to him?" (Wichita, Kansas) A. In the Gospels, once the public ...

Should some politicians be excommunicated? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. The Church's Code of Canon Law (No. 1398) says that a person who procures an abortion incurs excommunication. Do Catholic politicians who vote to provide abortions incur this same penalty? (Woodbridge, ...

Seeking correction on Virgin MaryFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Several weeks ago in your column, you stated that Mary remained a virgin after Jesus' birth and for the rest of her life. The Bible states otherwise. Matthew 1:24-25 says that Joseph "did not know ...

Do Catholic movie ratings bind in conscience? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Are the movie ratings done by Catholic News Service binding in conscience? I am a young adult and am curious to know whether all movies rated as acceptable either for general patronage, for adults ...