SPIRITUALITY

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. What does the church teach about using marijuana recreationally — is it a sin?