I thought we couldn’t join ESTHER?

Question Some good Catholics I know belong to ESTHER and JOSHUA. Didn’t Bishop Ricken say that was wrong? (Howard) Answer Since its very foundation, the church has … Read More

Baptismal records needed for marriage

Question Why do I need sacramental records before I can get married? How do I find them? (Allouez) Answer In baptism, original sin is washed away, we … Read More

Can an angel change its mind?

Question “Do angels have free will? Could an angel that is currently in Heaven with God choose to fall right now?” (De Pere) Answer A fascination with … Read More

Parents’ challenges with Halloween

Question I have mixed feelings on Halloween decorations and costumes. Some are cute, but others are troubling. What should I tell my teenagers when they ask about … Read More

What’s that multi-colored rosary?

Question Rosaries are usually one, maybe two, colors. What is this five-color rosary that I’ve seen? (Appleton) Answer October is the month of the rosary; the feast … Read More

Who performs a marriage?

 Question Why can a deacon celebrate a marriage? I thought only priests could do sacraments. (Green Bay) Answer The answer depends upon which ritual church sui iuris … Read More

Can’t priests talk about crying babies?

Question Why can’t the priest say something about babies crying in church? It’s a distraction to prayer. (Appleton) Answer Children are a gift to the world and … Read More

Who were those mean Pharisees?

Q. Who were the Pharisees and why were they so mean to Jesus in the Gospels? (Green Bay) A. We often hear about the Pharisees in the … Read More