A forum of Catholic Thought

Holy Family: Egypt or Nazareth?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. We have just read several accounts of the birth of Christ during Masses after Christmas. In reading Luke 2:39-40 and Matthew 2:13-15, it appears that there is a difference as to what happened after ...

How are non-Catholics forgiven? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Catholics are blessed to have the sacrament of reconciliation. But what about other faiths? How do non-Catholics have their sins forgiven? (Honolulu) A. The Catholic Church has a long history of the ...

Suicide and the Catholic ChurchFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. A friend's sibling committed suicide about 20 years ago while in high school -- after struggling with depression for years, despite getting treatment, counseling and a lot of family support. The family ...

Homilies distributed Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently you answered a reader's question regarding their pastor, an African priest who is difficult to understand and who gives 30-minute homilies, the result being that parish attendance is dropping. ...

How to 'bless the Lord?'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Please clarify something that I don't understand when I am praying. In the Gloria at Sunday Mass, we say, "We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you." In Psalm 63, we pray, "I will ...

Kneel, sit or stand? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. After a series of work-related moves, I find myself on my fourth Catholic parish in the last 10 years. At the first one, after receiving Communion, people returned to their pews and knelt until the ...

Can knitting help with prayer?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently you answered a question on distraction in prayer, which I found to be helpful. (You mentioned that even some of the best-known saints struggled to remain focused while they were praying.) ...

Pope Francis and civil unions Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Why is the Pope approving of civil unions for homosexuals? Isn't this still one of the deadly sins? (Lexington, Indiana) A. First, to clarify: I have never seen homosexuality mentioned as one of the ...