Questions and Answers on the U.S. Bishops’ Vote to Draft a Document on the Meaning of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church
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Why do we need to be confirmed if we are already baptized? What do we receive in confirmation?
Confirmation is a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. As Pentecost was for the Apostles, Confirmation is for us. When we are confirmed, we receive the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead.
What is the punishment for reading the Quran in Christianity?
There is no punishment for reading the Quran. We are called to seek the truth wherever it may be found and we believe there to be some truth in the Quran. Thank you for asking that question! I appreciate the opportunity to answer it!
What is lukewarmness and is it a mortal sin?
The following definition is given in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, “Lukewarmness or tepidity, in spiritual theology, signifies the state of soul to which the warmth and fervor of charity is wanting, but has not yet completely deteriorated into the coldness of indifference and hatred.” In this understanding, lukewarmness would not be a mortal sin as …
If I don’t feel bad for a sin, felt very justified doing it and confessed, is the confession legitimate?
Quick Answer: It would have been best to let the priest hearing your confession know that you did not feel subjectively guilty for the sin and that you felt it may have been justified. Most priests are happy to address such concerns so as to help you make the best confession possible. Longer Answer: A …
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I simply have a question about love and boasting. I know that 1 Corinthians 13 says love is not boastful. Would you consider it boastful if I told someone that I loved them, despite our views and opinions not being similar? (For example, when it comes to abortion). If I were to misunderstand love, would it be sinful?
No. Telling someone you love them even if your views are not similar is not boastful. Our love for people goes beyond agreement on issues and opinions.
Can someone commit an act of apostasy if he switches to another religion for few seconds and then goes back to Jesus instantly afterwards. Am I excommunicated?
The answer is NO. That is not an act of apostasy. It sounds like you are going through a questioning and struggle with faith. That is normal. One of the greatest prayers we can say is, “Lord, I do believe. Help my unbelief.”
I am looking to join the Catholic Church. I was baptized via the trinitarian formula, in a Non-Denominational Protestant Church. I have read through the Catechism and believe all of it’s doctrine. I have also gone to Confession to be in the grace of God. What is next on my journey?
What is next on your journey? Contact a parish where you are from and speak with the priest or the Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. They will lead you on your next step towards coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. Should you need any further assistance, please …
I am looking to join the Catholic Church. I was baptized via the trinitarian formula, in a Non-Denominational Protestant Church. I have read through the Catechism and believe all of it’s doctrine. I have also gone to Confession to be in the grace of God. What is next on my journey? Read More »