What should be sex education according to Christian principles?
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: […]
Is anorexia a purely medical problem or is it a sin?
QUESTION: is anorexia a purely medical problem or is it a sin? ANSWER: Nutritional problems, so-called eating disorders, are far more common than most of us realize. The age of these disorders is steadily decreasing; they cover not only girls, but also boys, and in more or less obvious forms – and adults. The basis […]
How can the Catholic Church be a true Church if there are so many sins and evils in its history?
QUESTION: how can the Catholic Church be a true Church if there are so many sins and evils in its history? ANSWER: This question can be answered with simple reasoning. As Christians, we are inspired by the thoughts, words, feelings, and deeds of Jesus Christ. Through Baptism we were “grafted” to Him, like a branch […]
Why do Synods of Bishops meet and what is their history?
QUESTION: why do the Synods of Bishops meet and what is their history? ANSWER: The Synod of Bishops is a permanent body established by Blessed Pope Paul VI on September 15, 1965, in response to the wishes of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, in order to maintain the true spirit of the Council.
Why are divorced and remarried people denied the Sacrament, while people who had sex before marriage are not denied the forgiveness and the Sacrament?
QUESTION: I would like to know your opinion on the statements of some hierarchs who propose, in a spirit of mercy, admitting divorced second-weds to Communion, repenting for a broken marriage and striving to live in a Christian way in a new marriage. Indeed, why are divorced, remarried people denied Communion, while young people who […]
What do candles symbolize?
QUESTION: What do the candles that are lit in individual and community ministry symbolize? ANSWER: The first thing that God created, says the Holy Scriptures, is light. Throughout the Bible, light remains a symbol of spiritual reality.
Who can be denied a funeral service?
The recent lavish funeral of the Roman mafioso Casamonica drew public condemnation not only because of their spectacularity, but also due to the fact that the Church did not refuse the funeral service for an inveterate sinner. Don Giulio Maspero, associate professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, comments on this event: “First […]
Who but the priests can give the Sacrament?
QUESTION: Who but the priests can distribute the Sacrament? ANSWER: In the last years of the pontificate of John Paul II, the Congregation’s Redemptoris Sacramentum for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments was published. This document is dedicated to the celebration of the Eucharist and the prevention of various abuses.
How “good” is prayer on the road or in public?
QUESTION: the modern world brings down streams of information on a person, everything is happening rapidly. It is getting harder and harder to retreat for prayer. And if you pray on the road, in transport, in public places – will such a prayer be of sufficient quality? ANSWER: if a person considers God to be […]
Has the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty changed?
QUESTION: Church representatives have recently condemned the death penalty. But both in the past and now it is accepted by the church teachers. Why is the attitude towards the death penalty so controversial? ANSWER: in order to understand the meaning of the documents of the church teachers, it is necessary to remember that they are […]