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Question 76. A friend of mine, who happens to be the father of a Catholic priest is a member of a Masonic lodge. He claims that the prohibition against Catholics joining the Masonic order is no longer in force and the Church now allows Catholics to be Masons. Is this so?
Question 77. Someone has been placing books entitled "Stories from Heaven" in the vestibule of our church. These are stories apparently revealed to a mystic in California in the 1970s? These books also speak of the "Miracle of St. Joseph." What exactly is the "miracle" and has the Church approved these revelations?
Question 78. There seems to be a lot of concern about whether or not the United States had the right to go to war with the regime of Saddam Hussein. I am really confused by the Holy Seeís condemnation of the war when the world knew that many thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens had been murdered by Saddamís henchmen. Saddam had the dubious distinction of being the world's best known and most hated Arab leader. And in a region where despotic rule is the norm, he was more feared by his own people than any other head of state. In my opinion, removing him from power was the right thing to do. Please explain the Vaticanís condemnation.
Question 79. Since September 11, I have struggled to understand our Lordís challenge to love our enemies. I know He commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and (through the parable of the Good Samaritan) explained that all men are our neighbors. But am I to love my enemy as myself? Can I not rejoice in the just triumph over a nihilistic cult of death as terrorists are captured or even killed, so long as I fervently hope that their souls (and all souls!) ascend to Heaven, perhaps by way of Purgatory, satisfying both Godís infinite justice and His infinite mercy?
Question 80. Did the Blessed Virgin Mary Die? If so, where and when did this happen?
Question 81. What do the symbols mean in the Our Lady of Guadalupe image?
Question 82. A new poll (March 6, 2006) conducted for the Fox News Channel finds that a majority of Americans are opposed to a new abortion ban in South Dakota because it does not contain exceptions for abortions in the case of rape and incest. What is the Catholic Church's position on abortion in cases or rape and incest? How does the view of other Christian faiths differ (if at all) from that of the Catholic Church?
Question 83: When was the last time in recorded history that God or Jesus talked to a person here on earth? Has God or Jesus talked to anybody recently?
Question 84: A new poll conducted for the Fox News Channel finds that a majority of Americans are opposed to a new abortion ban in South Dakota because it does not contain exceptions for abortions in the case of rape and incest. What is the Catholic Church's position on abortion in cases or rape and incest? How does the view of other Christian faiths differ (if at all) from that of the Catholic Church?
Question 85: I have a nephew in Wisconsin, who happens to be godfather to our daughter. He's marrying a Protestant girl in July, and I'm afraid it won't be in the local Catholic Church. It's killing me that he probably didn't get enough training on the "true" faith as a boy, and he thinks it's just so great that his girl is so spiritual and good (Bible Christian). What would common wisdom dictate about whether or not we should go to the wedding?
Question 86: A friend gave birth to a baby with a rare condition that has rendered her severely handicapped. She is not expected to live much past her tenth birthday. I just can't understand why God does that. If life has a purpose, what is the purpose of such a short and sad life?
Question 87:Why is the Pope required to change his name after being appointed? Would it ever be possible to have a female Pope? Why or why not?
Question 88: Does the practice of excommunicating and anathematizing people from the Catholic Church imply condemning them to eternal damnation?
Question 89: Why did Jesus descend into Hell after His crucifixion? I have heard it said that Jesus went to offer mercy to the souls who had rejected God, is this true?
Question 90: In 2 Cor. 12:2, St Paul speaks of ďthe third heaven.Ē How are we to understand this passage? How many heavens are there?
Question 91: Chick Publications publishes a book entitled 50 Years in the "Church" of Rome, by Charles Chiniquy. Jack Chick claims that Chiniquy was a good priest who was unjustly persecuted by the Church. What is the truth about Chiniquy?
Question 92: Since Mark and Luke were not Apostles, why are their writings in the New Testament?
Question 93: In a penance service followed by individual confession, is the penitent allowed to write his/her sins on a sheet of paper to be read and then burned by the priest without the penitent actually having to confess their sins with their lips as the catechism states?
Question 94: Is it a mortal sin for men and women who are dating to sleep in the same bed from time to time and if no sexual relations occur? Please explain.
I have read in articles written by Catholics, where they describe the
Genesis account as a myth. Is the Genesis account of creation considered a
myth by the Catholic Church?