Teaching and preaching on same-sex marriage

Father Ken Doyle reiterates for a reader the church's teaching on marriage between one man and one woman, and how priests can convey the message from their pulpit.

Pope Francis warns against worldliness, pagan living

"This is the daily temptation for Christians, for all of us who make up the church," the pope said at his morning Mass April 20 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Don’t seek humiliation, but when it comes react like Jesus, pope says

Pope Francis said the grace of imitating Christ has been given to modern martyrs, as well as to "many men and women who suffer humiliation every day," but for the good of their families "they close their mouths, they don't speak, they endure it for love of Jesus."

For one, too much talking about the Passion

Father Ken Doyle explains the reading of the Passion narrative of Jesus' death during Palm Sunday, even if it disappoints one reader.

Obedience to God means openness to him, to others, to change, pope says

An inability to dialogue and to accept that God may be doing new things are signs of disobedience to God, Pope Francis said.

Doubt: An element of faith in God

Michelle Francl-Donnay has no doubt we believe in the resurrected Jesus, but wonders how deeply we believe it. Welcoming doubt into life invites much, and demands much.

Harmony, sharing, patience are signs of Spirit’s presence, pope says

The presence of the Holy Spirit makes Christian communities places of harmony and sharing where wealth is not accumulated, but put at the service of the needy, Pope Francis said.

Mercy is for those who feel they don’t deserve it

Carolyn Woo's father was Catholic but never went to church, assuming he was not worthy. The upcoming Year of Mercy, she hopes, will bring such people back to God's love.

Pope says church must speak with courage

Christians "do not do advertising" nor proselytism but are called to be frank and courageous, said Pope Francis at daily Mass today.

Can smokers get to heaven?

Father Ken Doyle traces the recent evolution of thought regarding moral responsibility for using tobacco. He also answers a reader who longs for the confession box.