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Possible to confess online?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Is Catholic confession available online? This would be so convenient. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) A. Certainly at this time, there is no provision in the church's sacramental practice for online confession ...

Is annual confession mandated? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Could a person go to daily Mass and receive Communion without having gone to confession in four years? (Batesville, Indiana) A. The answer, technically, is yes. If the person had committed no serious ...

Mass and clergy sex abuse/Sacraments and defrocked religiousFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have been a lifelong Catholic, never missing Mass on weekends or holy days. But for the last four or five weeks, I have not attended Mass, and it was a conscious decision. I am utterly disgusted ...

Confirmation required for marriage? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My question concerns the requirement for a Catholic to be confirmed before being allowed to be married in a Catholic wedding ceremony. My grandson is engaged to a Catholic girl who was baptized and ...

Judas and his fateFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. There's a question that has occurred to me from time to time, and I would appreciate your answer. I was always led to believe that suicide is a mortal sin, so someone who takes his own life cannot ...

'Secret' church archives Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Among its general findings, the Pennsylvania grand jury stated that canon law requires each diocese to maintain a "secret archive" to which only the bishop has the key. Is that true and, if so, what ...

Should Sunday Mass be obligatory?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have always thought it would be better that if the Church undid the rule by which we are obliged to attend Sunday Mass under pain of mortal sin. That way, I believe, more people would come to church. ...

Divorced and Communion Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am in my 50s and have now been divorced for three years. I was married in the Catholic Church and have always attended Sunday Mass regularly and received Communion. But I have begun to wonder whether ...