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Is Christopher Still a Saint? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Whatever happened to St. Christopher? Is he still a saint?  Read more...

Is Gambling a Sin? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

My Baptist friend says that gambling is a sin. Yet, I know many good Catholics who visit places like Atlantic City and play slot machines and the like, or schools that have casino nights as fund raisers. What should I say to my friend?  Read more...

Is Hell a Choice Made on Earth? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

A friend recently challenged my beliefs about hell. He described hell as a state of being where God is always present, loving the damned, and sinners are frozen by their sins to the points where existing sinless becomes unattractive to them. When welcomed into heaven, they choose instead to exist in hell until they can choose to finally accept God. What are the Church's teachings on hell? Is a hell a choice made on earth?  Read more...

Is It Arrogant to Say Christ Is the Only Savior? Asks Cardinal Ratzinger - Zenit

Is it pretentious for Christians to proclaim Christ as the only Savior of mankind? Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger posed that question Saturday, and in his response clarified the very meaning of the Christian mission.   Read more...

Is Missing Mass a Mortal Sin? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I was visiting relatives over Easter, and sadly they do not attend Mass. I went to Mass, and reminded them that missing Mass was a mortal sin. They said, "Oh, that was in the old days. Missing Mass is no longer a mortal sin." What do you say? Please give me some ammunition.  Read more...

Is the Death Penalty Wrong? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

A few weeks ago you wrote about the "pro-choice argument" and how human life is sacred. Yet, I discovered that the Catechism permits capital punishment. That seems to be a contradiction. What do you think?  Read more...

Is the Gospel Anti-Semitic? - Fr. William Saunders

During Lent, many of the readings from the Gospel of St. John referred "to the Jews" in a negative way. It sounds anti-Semitic. How should we understand this?  Read more...

Is the Mass Really a Sacrifice? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

A friend of mine who belongs to an evangelical church was asking me about the Mass. She read a quote from Hebrews, which seemed to say that the Mass could not be a sacrifice. Can you help me in this matter?  Read more...

Is There Free Will in Heaven? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I have always assumed that any human who merits heaven after this valley of tears is in heaven forever. However, in view of the fact that the bad angels were in heaven (I presume) and rebelled against God, it is not possible that those of us who are saved could rebel against God in heaven? I guess my question is, do we exercise free will in heaven?  Read more...

Is There Really a Devil? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

We hear so much about angels these days. What about the devil?  Read more...

It Is Time for the Church to Set Aside Her Worldliness - Pope Benedict XVI

I am glad to be here today to meet all of you who work in so many ways for the Church and for society.   Read more...

Jean Daniélou's Master Key - Carl E. Olson

“Without a doubt the master-key to Christian theology, which distinguishes it utterly from all rational theodicy,” the French Jesuit Jean Daniélou (1905-74) wrote, “is contained in the statement that the Trinity of Persons constitutes the structure of Being, and that love is therefore as primary as existence.”  Read more...

Jesus Ascended Into Heaven - Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

On the top of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is situated the small, hexagonal “Church of the Ascension” which commemorates Jesus’ final departure from his disciples and from this world (Acts 1:12).  Read more...

Jesus before Pilate - Pope Benedict XVI

What happened during the final week of Jesus of Nazareth's earthly life? How did the man whom many hailed as the Messiah on Palm Sunday come to be rejected by the leaders of his own people just a few days later? In Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week – From the Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, Pope Benedict XVI takes up these and other crucial questions.   Read more...

Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life - Pontifical Council for Culture & Pontifical Council for Interreligious Di

The following is an invitation to understand the New Age and to engage in a genuine dialogue with those who are influenced by New Age thought. The document guides those involved in pastoral work in their understanding and response to New Age spirituality, both illustrating the points where this spirituality contrasts with the Catholic faith and refuting the positions espoused by New Age thinkers in opposition to Christian faith.  Read more...

Jesus is Lord - Kenneth Baker, S.J

I would like to call your attention to the fact that all the prayers of the Church are directed to God the Father “through Jesus Christ, our Lord”.  Read more...

Jesus Suffered For Our Sake - Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

After affirming the divinity of Jesus Christ by stating that he is the Son of God and equal to the Father, the Nicene Creed turns, with a few quick, deft strokes, to his passion and death.  Read more...

Jesus Will Judge the Living and the Dead - Rev. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

We have already considered the glorification and the Second Coming of Jesus. If we ask ourselves what Jesus is going to do when he comes again, we can look to the New Testament and to the Creed for the answer: He is coming to judge the living and the dead.  Read more...

Jesus' Eternal Kingdom - Kenneth Baker, S.J.

In the Nicene Creed we profess our belief in the eternal kingdom of Jesus when we say: “His kingdom will have no end.”   Read more...

Jesus, the 'Lamb of God' - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Why is Jesus called the "Lamb of God?" Would this be the reason why we use the "Lamb of God" song in the Mass?  Read more...

John Paul II's Homily on 25th Anniversary of Pontificate - Pope John Paul II

Here is a translation of John Paul II's homily from the Mass in St. Peter's Square last Thursday, the 25th anniversary of his pontificate. The homily was in Italian.  Read more...

John Paul II's Saints – and Us - George Weigel

Why was Pope John Paul II the greatest saint-maker in the history of the Church?  Read more...

John Paul the Great - Fr. William Saunders

Many have been calling our dear Pope John Paul II "the great." Have any other popes had this title?  Read more...

Justice, Fortitude, Temperance - Fr. William Saunders

Last week, Straight Answers addressed the topic of the cardinal virtues — those "hinge" virtues that are the foundation of all virtues. Having examined the virtue of prudence, we now turn to justice, fortitude and temperance.  Read more...

Justice, Wisdom, Courage, and Moderation: The Four Cardinal Virtues - PETER KREEFT

These four cardinal virtues are not the only virtues, but they are the cardes, the "hinges", on which all the other virtues turn.  Read more...


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