Father Cal Christiansen

Father Cal Christiansen

Father Cal Christiansen is pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Mountlake Terrace. Send your questions for “Ask Father” to editor@seattlearch.org.

Website URL: http://www.nwcatholic.org/spirituality/ask-father

¿Es pecado fumar marihuana?

P: Tengo una duda acerca del consumo de la marihuana y si se considera un pecado fumarla como diversión ahora que es legal hacerlo en el estado de Washington. Tengo un amigo católico que la fuma y parece que no piensa que tenga nada de malo. ¿Qué enseña la Iglesia acerca de fumar marihuana por diversión? ¿Es pecado?

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?

¿Deben los padrinos estar casados por la Iglesia?

P: Hace poco hablamos con nuestro párroco acerca del bautizo de nuestro bebé. Le dije que quería que mi hermano mayor fuera el padrino, pero nuestro párroco nos dijo que aun cuando él había recibido todos sus sacramentos de iniciación, no calificaba como padrino pues no estaba casado por la Iglesia. Sobra decir que estamos desilusionados e irritados. ¿Tuvo razón nuestro párroco en tomar esta decisión?

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 married in the church. Needless to say, we are disappointed and upset. Was our pastor right in coming to this decision?