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Did Jesus have Brothers and Sisters? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

In the New American Bible's English translation of the Gospel of St. Mark we do indeed read about the crowd asking, "Isn't this the carpenter, the son of Mary, a brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Aren't His sisters our neighbors here?" (Mk 6:3)  Read more...

Did Jesus Really Visit Hell? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

What do we mean when we say in the Apostles' Creed that Jesus descended into hell?  Read more...

Did Pius XII Remain Silent? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

On Sunday, April 3, the Washington Post's Parade magazine printed an interview with Pope John Paul II. Tad Szulc, the author, seemed to focus on Catholic-Jewish relations. While praising the popes since John XXIII, he seemed to accuse Pope Pius XII of remaining silent about the holocaust during World War II.  Read more...

Different Kinds of Scapulars - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Recently a friend gave me a scapular. Could you please tell me where the scapular came from? Are there different kinds of scapulars?  Read more...

Dignity of the Law - Father Kenneth Baker, S.J.

Moralists emphasize that there are two fundamental norms of morality to which all others can be reduced in one way or another.  Read more...

Discernment of Spirits - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

I firmly believe that many of the critical problems today are due not so much to ill will, or malice, but to a failure in discernment.   Read more...

Discernment — How can I learn God’s Will for me? - Peter Kreeft

Does God have one right choice for me in each decision I make?   Read more...

Disposing of Blessed Items - Fr. William Saunders

What should I do with my old blessed palm? I also have some broken statues and rosaries that were blessed? Since they are blessed, I am sure that I should not just throw these out. Are there any guidelines?  Read more...

Disposing of blessed objects - Fr. William Saunders

What should I do with my old blessed palm? I also have some broken statues and rosaries that were blessed? Since they are blessed, I am sure that I should not just throw these out. Are there any guidelines?  Read more...

Dissent From the Creed: Heresies Past and Present - Russell Shaw

One of the depressing conclusions to which the reading of history can give rise is that bad ideas never really quit. Discredit a bad idea, and it simply goes underground, gets a face-lift, a new name, and a new suit of clothes, then reappears years, decades, or even centuries later to bedevil and confuse the unwary all over again.  Read more...

Distribution of Communion - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

In the reports of the pope’s recent visit to Austria, I read comments about the use of lay people in various ministries and how the Vatican issued a statement concerning them. As an elderly Catholic, I have always questioned the use of lay people helping with Holy Communion. What is the proper use of the laity as Eucharistic Ministers?  Read more...

Do Aborted Children Go to Heaven? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Given that as Catholics we believe that life begins at conception, it would necessarily follow that an unborn child has a soul. If so, are the souls of aborted children lost to limbo as well?  Read more...

Do Catholics Believe in Purgatory? - Fr. William Saunders

I hardly hear purgatory mentioned anymore. I have even heard some Catholics say we do not believe in it since Vatican II. What is the right teaching?  Read more...

Do It Anyway - MOTHER TERESA

Mother’s way of expressing the Christian vocation is always so beautifully simple, so powerfully challenging and true. We do what we do as Christians because of our relationship with God, and quite irrespective of the fact that the world may well either condemn or take advantage of us for acting as we should.  Read more...

Do We Still Believe In Angels? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

With all the talk about angels, the multitude of pictures and books about them, and even the television shows with angels, why don't we ever hear more about them? Don't we still believe in them?  Read more...

Do what you are doing - Father George W. Rutler

Lent is a time to increase the power of perception.   Read more...

Does Purgatory Exist? - Fr. William Saunders

Recently I read that Pope John Paul II stressed the need to pray for the Souls in Purgatory. I hardly hear purgatory mentioned anymore. I have even heard some Catholics say we do not believe in it since Vatican II. What is the correct teaching?  Read more...

Does the Bible Support the Feminist God/ess? - Catholic Dossier

To an Anglican bishop who suggested it was high time feminine images for God were introduced, C. S. Lewis replied ironically, “I shouldn’t believe it strongly, but some sort of case could be made out.” Today many people think a very strong case indeed can be made for such feminist alterations of our “God-talk.” Yet on what basis are such radical changes to be made?  Read more...

Does the Church Allow Cremation? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Would you please reprint the article you did on cremation. Several friends and I have been discussing this issue. I think that I want to be cremated but I don't want to do something wrong.  Read more...

Does the Church Condone Tyrannicide? - Fr. William Saunders

With the recent terrorist attacks, some have suggested that the leaders of these terrorist organizations be assassinated for the good of all people. What would be the Church’s teaching on this?  Read more...

Does the Church Perform Exorcisms? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I was watching the movie "The Exorcist" with some of my friends. Can the devil really possess someone? Does the Church really do exorcisms? I heard that the movie is based on a real story. Is that true?  Read more...

Don't Get Mad, Get Holy: Overcoming Evil with Good - Leon Suprenant, Jr.

The size and gravity of the current clerical sex abuse scandal can lead to anger, discouragement, and a sense of powerlessness. In point of fact, there are many things we can do to be "part of the solution," to cooperate with divine grace to make a difference in this crisis. Therefore, we offer the following eight practical steps Catholic laity can take to help bring some good out of this unspeakable evil.  Read more...

Dorothy Day - Saint and Troublemaker - JIM FOREST

If Dorothy Day is ever canonized, she will be the patron saint not only of homeless people and those who try to care for them but also of people who lose their temper.  Read more...

Drinking the Cup of Christ - Mother Elvira Petrozzi

Sometimes the Lord wants us to participate in human suffering.   Read more...

Dying Daily for Christ: Martyrdom Yesterday and Today - The Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas

It was no accident that when Jesus challenged us to suffer in union with Him, He used the image of the yoke, which is an instrument not for one but for two. Christ gets into the yoke with us, and that is how the burden becomes light (cf. Mt. 11:30)! Yoked to Him, walking the via Crucis (Way of the Cross), leads inexorably to the via Lucis (Way of Light).  Read more...


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