Ask Father/Bishop

Why does the church say birth control is wrong?

Shouldn’t a couple have the right to determine how many children they have? By Father Cal Christiansen Q: I attended a mission recently where the missionary priest said that anyone who practices artificial birth control is committing a mortal sin. I don’t agree with the church on this issue and…

Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

The issue of divorce can be a source of confusion and pain for many Catholics By Father Cal Christiansen Q: My husband and I recently divorced after 23 years of marriage. After being married in the Catholic Church our relationship started out strong, but as the years went by we…

What is Mary’s role in our faith?

Instead of praying to the Blessed Virgin, shouldn’t we just go straight to Jesus? By Father Cal Christiansen Q: I am a recent convert to the Catholic Church and was received into full communion at this year’s Easter Vigil. I was raised in a Baptist church and we were always…

How can I help my teenager get more out of Sunday Mass?

Every Mass can be a life-changing encounter with Christ, if we’re ready for it By Father Cal Christiansen Q: My husband and I have three children. We have always tried to make Sunday Mass the center of our lives for our family. I recently had an uncomfortable discussion with my…