Below you will find various questions and answers to our Catholic Faith. If you ever have a question you can always go to www.catholic.com for answers. Just type in your question. May God bless you.
How to Become a Catholic? answer
Are you Ill? When to Stay Home from Mass? answer
Why do Catholics Not Eat Meat on Fridays?
Why do Catholics practice fasting and abstinence during Lent? answer
Why do Catholics put Ashes on our heads on Ash Wednesday? answer
(Blessed ashes are distributed at the start of Lent as a sign of penance and as an acknowledgement of sinfulness and the need for repentance. Ashes are a sacramental, not a sacrament.)
How valid is the consecration of the bread and wine in a Lutheran or Episcopal holy Eucharist liturgy answer
Can going to Mass on a weekday substitute for Sunday Mass? answer
Can I attend a Non-Catholic Church for my Sunday obligation? answer
Why is it a Mortal Sin to Miss Mass? answer
Can Catholics be Cremated? read Vatican document: Ad Resurgendum Cum Christo
Why Do Catholics Worship Mary?
We don’t worship Mary. We honor her because she is Jesus’ mother. CCC 2618. The Gospel reveals to us how Mary prays and intercedes in faith. Example: At Cana, the mother of Jesus asks her son for the needs of a wedding feast; this is the sign of another feast – that of the wedding of the Lamb where he gives his body and blood at the request of the Church, his Bride. Also see video HERE for more information.
Scripture and Tradition (Sola Scriptura)
Protestants claim the Bible is the only rule of faith. Click HERE to see what the Catholic Church says about this.
The Importance of Choosing Godparents
Why Do Catholics Pray to the Saints?
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How to answer the question “Are You Saved?” read more
How Redefining Marriage Affects Your Religious Liberty
See Also: Same-sex “marriage” video
Can a Catholic take communion in a Protestant church?
Is it OK to work on Sunday?
Which Protestant sacraments other than baptism does the Catholic Church consider valid?
What is the rule for non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist?
May Protestants who believe in the Real Presence receive Communion?
Is it okay for Catholics to use yoga as a part of an exercise program? answer
Also read the Trouble with Yoga
Check out Pietra Fitness as an alternative to Yoga
Why Can’t Catholics use Astrology, Psychics, Fortune Telling, Ouiji Boards, Reiki?
The practice of trying to divine the future, whether by directly occult means such as calling up spirits (divination, properly speaking), asking questions of spirits (e.g. a Ouiji Board) or by “reading it” in cards, numbers, the stars etc., is forbidden by the First Commandment. The future is known to God alone, who is its Master. Besides being illicit means to gain knowledge (the dead, the spirits, occult powers), such practices suggest that man is not, by means of free-will, a cooperator with God in determining his future. The use of these grievously sinful practices can lead to a fatalistic perspective on life, in which the person feels bound to the judgements of psychics, readers and other third parties, rather than his God-given reason and knowledge of the moral law.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say on these matters,
2115 God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it. Improvidence, however, can constitute a lack of responsibility.
2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.
- Reiki therapy finds no support either in the findings of natural science or in Christianbelief.For a Catholic to believe in Reiki therapy presents insoluble problems. In terms of caring for one’s physical health or the physical health of others, to employ a technique that has no scientific support (or even plausibility) is generally not prudent.
- In terms of caring for one’s spiritual health, there are important dangers. To use Reiki one would have to accept at least in an implicit way central elements of the worldview that undergirds Reiki theory, elements that belong neither to Christian faith nor to natural science.Without justification either from Christian faith or natural science, however, a Catholic who puts his or her trust in Reiki would be operating in the realm of superstition, the no-man’s-land that is neither faith nor science.
Superstition corrupts one’s worship of God by turning one’s religious feeling and practice in a false direction. While sometimes people fall into superstition through ignorance, it is the responsibilityof all who teach in the name of the Church to eliminate such ignorance as much as possible.
- Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientificeviidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health carefacilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy.
Why Do Catholics ‘Have” to go to Mass on Sunday? answer
Why can’t a priest ever marry? answer
Why do Catholics Pray to Statues? answer
The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, “the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype.” and “whoever venerates in image venerates the person portrayed in it.” The honor paid to sacred images is a “respectful veneration,”not the adoration due to God alone:
Religious worship is not directed to images in themselves,considered as mere things, but under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement toward the image does not terminate in it as image, but tends toward that whose image it is. (CCC2132)
Should I Attend the Wedding or Not?