Ask Father/Bishop

Can Catholics believe in evolution?

Q: I saw a poll that said 57 percent of evangelical Christians reject the theory of evolution, and it got me wondering: What does the Catholic Church teach about it? Can Catholics believe in evolution?

What are the ‘gnostic gospels’?

Q: I remember hearing a few years ago about the Gospel of Judas and how it was a “gnostic gospel.” What does that mean exactly, and why isn’t it in the Bible?

Is it a sin to smoke marijuana?

Q: I have a question regarding the use of marijuana and whether it is considered a sin to smoke it recreationally now that it is legal in Washington state. I have a Catholic friend who smokes it and doesn’t seem to think that there is anything wrong with doing so.…

Do godparents have to be married in the church?

Q: We recently approached our pastor about having our child baptized. I said we wanted my older brother to be the godparent, but our pastor told us that even though he had received all of his sacraments of initiation, he was disqualified from being the sponsor because he was not…

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?