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  • Why aren't better-known saints mentioned during Mass?

    Why aren't better-known saints mentioned during Mass?

    Q. In the Canon of the Mass, we honor the saints Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas, and Damian. The Church recognizes more than 8,000 saints, many of whom are much better-known than that list in the Canon. Couldn’t we draw more inspiration from

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  • Are you sure repentance is required for forgiveness?

    Are you sure repentance is required for forgiveness?

    Several questions on the same topic: Q. Regarding your recent column on forgiving ISIS: Must forgiveness be predicated on remorse and repentance by the offending party? I am thinking of Christ being crucified and saying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing” — or St. Stephen

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  • Why doesn't the Church offer more support for miscarriage?

    Why doesn't the Church offer more support for miscarriage?

    Q. Thank you for a recent answer in your column regarding a miscarried child. Until my own personal experience in losing a child, I had no realization as to how deeply a miscarried baby can touch one’s heart. I had no idea where to turn for help, so, beyond my

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  • Can deacons say whatever they want in homilies?

    Can deacons say whatever they want in homilies?

    Q. At Mass recently, I was stunned by a statement made by the deacon who was giving the homily. That has made me wonder whether deacons have sole independence when preparing remarks, or if the priest exercises oversight. (City of origin withheld) A. On the parish level, the pastor has

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  • Should I feel guilty about working for a big-box store?

    Should I feel guilty about working for a big-box store?

    Q. I know that Pope Francis has spoken against big retail corporations, as contributing to economic injustice in the world. I am currently employed by a national pet supply corporation, which, as far as I know, tries to do good things — pay it forward and help both people and

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  • Am I a bad Catholic for opposing the Church on climate change?

    Am I a bad Catholic for opposing the Church on climate change?

    Q. I am appalled that the Church has apparently bought into the climate change mania. This, despite significant scientific evidence to the contrary — and especially in spite of its obvious political motivation. Am I a bad Catholic for opposing this Church position? (Troy, New York) A. Clearly, the Catholic

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