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Blasphemy against the Holy SpiritFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently, I read an article in the Catholic press about the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and it has caused me to worry about something that happened long ago. I am now 45 years old and ...

Suicide and mortal sin Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. We have all been dealing with the havoc of the coronavirus, and here on the West Coast, forest fires are causing loss of life and wide property devastation. Some people have lost everything. It has ...

Text of creedFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My recollection is that the text of the Mass in English was rewritten about 20 years ago -- to be a more accurate translation and to eliminate sexist references. I wonder, however, if they missed something: ...

Concern for my grandchildren Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am the grandmother of two beautiful children -- ages four and 16 months. My son, the father of these grandchildren, no longer practices his faith and is married to a non-Catholic. When I approached ...

Disposing of religious articlesFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. What is the proper way to dispose of the medals, rosaries, small crucifixes, etc., that many Catholic organizations mail out unsolicited? (I have enough of everything!) (Atlanta) A. Perhaps surprisingly, ...

Responsibility re: lesbian friend Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. One of my close friends, whom I met through the church, is a parish youth worker. The girl she lives with is a lesbian, although I believe that they do not share sexual relations. Lately, though, my ...

Stand or kneel for Communion?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. A few months back, you answered a question about whether to stand or kneel when receiving Communion. You said the decision is left to national conferences of bishops and that in the United States, ...

Baptize great-granddaughter? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our granddaughter was not raised Catholic. Now she has a two-month-old baby. Can I baptize the baby? (Chances are the parents will wait until she's a teen to decide. But I feel that she needs the graces ...