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Catholic attendance at civil weddingFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My family have been dedicated Catholics for generations. Recently, a nephew of mine announced that he is planning to get married in a civil ceremony. (I believe that neither he nor his fiancée is dedicated ...

Why did Jesus weep? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have always been attracted to the verse in John's Gospel (11:35) that says that, learning of the death of Lazarus, "Jesus wept." It shows, I think, how much Christ loved Lazarus and all of humanity. ...

Church's stance on organ donationFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. What is the Catholic Church's position on donating body parts for medical science? (Northampton, Pennsylvania) A. Let's divide the answer into two parts: post-mortem transplants and those from living ...

Is funeral Mass mandated? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Is a Catholic required to have a Catholic burial ceremony -- in a church with a Mass? I am thinking of having just a graveside service instead -- with a priest, of course, but just a private ceremony. ...

Reconciling Gospel accountsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. In the Gospel for the feast of the Epiphany, Matthew indicates that the Magi visited with King Herod in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus' birth and that apparently very soon after their visit, the Holy ...

Are relics 'macabre?' Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a Catholic convert and support all the dogmas of the Church. But there is one practice that I must admit gives me pause -- the use of relics, preserving the body parts of deceased saints. I could ...

Extraordinary minister, annulment required?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a Catholic and single father of two. I was not married Catholic originally and was divorced 20 years ago. I am looking to marry a woman who was married in a Catholic ceremony and divorced 20 years ...

Candles and feast of Presentation Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. We just celebrated the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, but in our parish there was no blessing of candles. I am aware that in some other parishes, the faithful are permitted to bring their own ...