Can Someone Receive Communion With An Unconfessed Mortal Sin?

Modern_lcms_confessionalIf someone has committed a mortal sin, but cannot receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the up-coming Sunday, is that person permitted to receive Holy Communion at this Mass, with the intention to Confess the sin as soon as possible thereafter?

Since mortal sin destroys the Life of Grace in the soul necessary to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord worthily, it is not possible for one with an unconfessed  mortal sin on one’s soul to receive Communion without further staining one’s soul with the sin of sacrilege. Continue reading

When Was Jesus Baptized?

Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Baptism_of_Jesus_(Baptême_de_Jésus)_-_James_Tissot_-_overallIn writing my novel I wondered if you could tell me when Jesus was
baptized, actually looking for the time of year and if it was on or near
a Feast day of the Jews. Also just after his baptism, the Miracle at
Cana’s time of year. Thank you!

In the Gospel of Saint John, the evangelist tells us that on the third day after Our Lord’s temptation in the desert*, he went up to Galilee and attended a wedding in Cana. Then Continue reading

What Are Catholics Required to Believe?

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I am a Catholic who has wrestled for years about just exactly how much of the pronouncements/policies of the Church one is required to believe in order to be considered a practicing Catholic in good standing. There are some policies which I can not bring myself to believe even after years of soul searching. Is there a bottom line (basics one must believe) or are there areas for which non-agreement is acceptable? I do not want to be a hypocrite and I believe everything in the Apostle’s Creed, but there are certain issues especially related to sexuality with which I do not concur. What should I do?

First of all, let me apologize taking so long to answer this question. I have been extensively occupied by other matters.

The bottom line you must believe is the infallible and magisterial teachings of the Church, in other words, what is found in the Catechism. Continue reading

What Does The Church Say About Those Who Are Gay?

What does the Catholic Church say about those who are gay?

Firstly, the Church teaches that there are no humans who are gay. “God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them. Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity {Male or Female}.” There are men and women with homo-sexual inclinations or passions. Continue reading