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Christ's descent into hellFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I get The Catholic Virginian and have enjoyed reading your column over the years. But I do have a question that has always bothered me, even though I have made more than 30 retreats at a Jesuit retreat ...

Feeling need for forgiveness Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a teenage girl who would like some advice. I have committed a serious sin. I knew that it was wrong, that it was considered a mortal sin, which would separate me from God, but I decided to do ...

Who created COVID-19?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In a recent letter to our archdiocesan paper -- The Catholic Sentinel -- someone wrote that: "In regard to COVID-19, there is no evidence that God had anything to do either with its development or ...

Rules on receiving Communion Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My cousin was married 40 years ago in a civil ceremony when she was only 17. After eight years, that marriage ended in divorce. She has now been remarried for some 25 years -- once again, not in the ...

Does televised Mass fulfill obligation?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions to prevent its spread, public Masses are currently suspended in our diocese. If I "attend" a livestreamed Mass on television during this time, have I fulfilled my Sunday ...

Pray to Mother Angelica? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have always had great admiration for Mother Angelica. Would it be wrong of me to talk to her and ask her prayers if she has not yet been declared "blessed" by the Church? (Phoenix) A. Mother Angelica ...

Did Jesus have to die for our sins?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. This year during Holy Week, I was particularly troubled by the traditional teaching that Christ had to die that painful death to atone for our sins. This seems to me to contradict Jesus' identity as ...

Pope and bishops in China Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was surprised to read in the Catholic press an article criticizing Pope Francis' agreement to allow the Communist government to nominate candidates for bishops in China. So, my question is this: ...