What should the Church think about sex education?
QUESTION: What should be the sex education of adolescents according to Christian principles? What is the best way to present to them the teaching of the Church in this area? ANSWER: often parents, teachers and even catechists offer children something like a “list”: what is allowed and what is not. This is an erroneous approach: […]
How can a soul be defiled by original sin if it comes from the holy hands of God?
QUESTION: How can a human soul be defiled by original sin if it comes from the pure, holy hands of God? ANSWER: To begin with, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (404), “the transmission of original sin is a mystery that we cannot fully understand. But from Revelation we know that Adam received […]
What is the meaning of the words “we thank you, for great is your glory,” uttered during Mass?
QUESTION: what do we mean when we say “hallowed be thy name” or “in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”? What does it mean, “We thank You, for great is Your glory,” uttered during Mass? How does it feel to give thanks for the glory? ANSWER: “In the name […]
Why does the Lord allow children and young people to die?
QUESTION: why does the Lord allow the death of children and young people? We must carry our cross and are saved by suffering, but in relation to an adult this can still be understood, and for what purpose are these crosses given to children? ANSWER: if God created man only for earthly life, then doubts […]
How does the conversion of an unbeliever take place?
QUESTION: How does the conversion of an unbeliever take place – instantly? ANSWER: This question is truly immense. Multivolume books can be written about this, but they have already been written. How much evidence of conversion we find around us – and not only around us. Each believer can talk about his own conversion, although […]
Does the Pope have a vacation?
QUESTION: Does the Pope have a vacation? ANSWER: Of course, the Pope has a vacation, although most often it is very “relative”. Traditionally, the last Popes spent their summer vacations in Castel Gandolfo near Rome or stayed in the Vatican. And St. John Paul II, like Benedict XVI later, loved to go on vacation to […]
Can a Protestant or Orthodox Christian confess to a Catholic priest?
QUESTION: can a non-Catholic (Protestant, Orthodox) confess to a Catholic priest? ANSWER: Of course, anyone can confess to a Catholic priest, tell him about their sins, ask for advice and spiritual help. But not everyone can receive real absolution in the Sacrament of Repentance.
What do Catholics and Orthodox have in common?
QUESTION: what do Catholics and Orthodox have in common? ANSWER: Perhaps it is much more pleasant to talk about what unites us than about differences. It is best to speak about this in the words of the Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council: “The Churches of the East have from the very beginning […]
Is gossip and backbiting a mortal sin?
QUESTION: are gossip and backbiting a mortal sin? ANSWER: Gossip is, unfortunately, a very common sin that contradicts love for one’s neighbor, since love seeks the good of a neighbor, while gossip has a different purpose – to denigrate and defame the other. It is also a sin against justice, and therefore repentance for it […]
Is it fair to baptize children in infancy if they don’t understand anything yet?
QUESTION: Is it fair to baptize children in infancy when they still do not understand anything – after all, Jesus himself was baptized at a conscious age? What right does the Church have to force them to obey the Church’s rules when they grow up? ANSWER: Let’s start with the second part of the question: […]