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Donating gambling winningsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Years ago -- when I was a member of a Protestant denominational church -- it seemed as though the preacher and the congregation were almost always doing fundraising for various building projects. During ...

Mary's perpetual virginity Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When I was an evangelical, the standard take on Mary's virginity was that she remained a virgin until after the birth of Jesus, but afterward went on to have normal marital relations with Joseph, which ...

What justifies natural family planning?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife and I are planning to take our two children on a trans-Atlantic trip next spring to visit my grandmother. We expect that it will be her only opportunity to meet her great-grandchildren, as ...

Position during Our Father Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. What is the proper prayer position for the laity when praying the Our Father at Mass? (Richmond, Virginia) A. The directions on this from the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are ...

Call no man 'father'Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. When I came into the church a few years ago, one of the hurdles I had to get past was addressing the priest as "Father." My understanding of the prohibition against this was based on Jesus' comment ...

Communion in hand or tongue? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My sister claims that receiving holy Communion in the hand is disrespecting the Eucharist. I told her that it must be OK because the first sacrament of the Eucharist was received in the hand (at the ...

Marriage of Mary and JosephFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have a question about one of your recent columns. (A woman wrote to say that her husband had been refusing for many years to have sexual relations with her, and you suggested that this violates the ...

The Sabbath: Saturday or Sunday? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Why do some religions say that the Sabbath day is Saturday while others -- including Catholics -- say it's on Sunday? (Eldon, Missouri) A. No, Catholics do not say that the Sabbath is on Sunday. The ...