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Lying is (almost) always wrong

Posted on September 26th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle answers a CCD teacher’s question about lying — yes it is wrong, but there is wiggle room in the church’s teaching on the topic.

Padre Pio was a saint for our time

Posted on September 25th, 2014

St. Padre Pio’s feast was celebrated this week, and Father Gus Puleo retraces the mystic’s remarkable ministry in the 20th century – one with roots in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where devotion to the saint remains strong.

A time to talk, a time to listen — in church

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

Father Ken Doyle answers the plea of a Catholic who finds people’s conversations in church disrespectful, and at times downright rude. He describes striking a balance where people can “catch up a bit” and maintain an atmosphere of prayerful silence.

With Holy Spirit’s inspiration, go out to the world, pope says

Posted on September 17th, 2014

Tuck the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ’s love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said. The faithful, he said, must “not be indifferent to or removed from the fate of our brothers and sisters.”

Why the church does not ordain women

Posted on September 12th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle explains the church’s teaching for a reader wanting to respond to a friend. Ordaining women, he writes, is not the church’s call to make. It’s our Founder’s decision.

Pope: Just as God freely offers salvation, don’t give hoping to benefit

Pope Francis kisses the forehead of Salvatore D'Argento from Chieti, Italy, as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 10. D'Argento has quadriplegia. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on September 10th, 2014

Christians are called to help those who have nothing to give and love those who don’t love back, Pope Francis said.

Fall brings with it a spiritual renewal

Posted on September 9th, 2014

“Every face turned to him grows brighter,” wrote the psalmist, probably on a fall afternoon. For columnist Effie Caldarola, the autumn is a beautiful time for volunteering, learning and praying together.

Pope says Gospel brings new life, new freedom; don’t fear change

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Do not be afraid to change and let go of obsolete structures, Pope Francis said, because Jesus has brought new wine that needs fresh wineskins.

Don’t forget the chalice for disabled communicants

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle feels for the reader who asks why she and her husband are not offered the chalice at Communion. They should be invited to drink the Blood of Christ even if they remain in the front pew, he writes. Also, he writes of the apparent journalistic skill of St. Luke’s Gospel reporting on Mary.

Delving the links of divorce, forgiveness and annulments

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Father Ken Doyle enlightens a Catholic convert about the annulment process and reveals its Scriptural roots. Divorce, he writes in his weekly Q & A column, is not always a sin that needs to be forgiven.

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