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What is church teaching on burying cremated remains?

Q: My dad has been diagnosed with cancer and we’re not sure how much longer he will be with us. He has requested that his remains be cremated and that there be a funeral celebrated for him. My siblings think we should divide his ashes after his funeral and place…

What does the church teach about immigration?

Q: I have a question about immigration. What does the church teach about the rights of immigrants and refugees, and about the rights and responsibilities of the nations they are immigrating to?

Should we boycott companies that support evil?

Q: My wife and I have an ongoing disagreement about where we spend our money. She discovered that a couple of the stores that we frequent donate a certain percentage of their profits to Planned Parenthood and other groups that she believes contradict Catholic beliefs. She thinks that we are…

Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

Q: I have a question that has always both puzzled and bothered me: Why did Jesus have to die in such a horrible way for us on the cross? Couldn’t God have chosen a more peaceful and painless way to save us?

How can parents find healing after a miscarriage?

Q: After giving birth to three wonderful children, tragedy struck our family. I miscarried our fourth child. The experience was extremely difficult for the whole family, but especially for my husband and me. My question is, what does the Catholic Church teach about what to do following a miscarriage? What…

Why don’t I feel God’s presence when I pray?

Q: I am a convert to Catholicism, and I have a question about prayer. Since becoming a Catholic, I cannot recall experiencing anything during my daily prayer time. I know God exists and prayer is a conversation with him, but shouldn’t I feel God’s presence in some way from time…

How can I explain transubstantiation?

Q: The other day I was trying to explain the eucharistic doctrine of transubstantiation to a coworker who is not Catholic, and I’m afraid she was more confused by the end of our conversation than when we started! How can I explain this doctrine to non-Catholics in a way that…

Why don’t Catholic priests get married?

Q: There’s a question that I’ve always wanted to ask a priest directly but have never done so. Why don’t priests get married? I’ve always assumed that they were simply too busy and would not make ideal husbands and fathers because of the demands of their priestly life. Are there…