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Q: Why weren’t the Hebrews grateful when God freed them from Egypt in the story of Moses?  A: This is a very good question, especially during this Lenten season, for we will hear in the readings proclaimed during Lent the narrative, or story, of the chosen people in the land of ... Read More »


Posted by Carolyn Crabtree

Q: Why does the age that we receive confirmation vary in different dioceses?    

A: If you travel the United States and happen to attend a liturgy where the sacrament of confirmation is being administered, you may recognize that the people being confirmed differ in age to our own ... Read More »


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Q: Who did Cain think was going to hurt him after God punished him by making him wander the earth?

A: As we celebrate the season of our Lord Jesus’ Nativity, also known as Christmas, it is fitting we start with a question which is near the beginning of ... Read More »


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Q: Who wrote the most books of the Bible? A: Thank you for your question and while I do not intend to be clever here, the point of fact is that God wrote all of the books of the Bible. This being said, several writers share his word in different periods ... Read More »


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Q: Why did God create Adam and Eve? A: We learn from the Book of Genesis that Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God.  We also know that Adam and Eve and all humanity have been created to love and to serve God.  In order to ... Read More »


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Q: How old do you have to be to get into the seminary?

A: You must be 18 years of age in order to enter the seminary. In the area of education, a candidate for entrance must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.You see, entering the seminary can ... Read More »


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Q: How did God come to be? A: While a similar metaphysical question was asked some time ago in “Ask the Bishop,” let’s take a different approach to the very foundation of human and Christian life: the Eternal God.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 282-285, acknowledges the intellectual curiosity ... Read More »


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Q: In the Apostles’ Creed, why does it say, “He descended into hell?” A: Many of us, when we were younger, learned a host of Christian prayers, one which is the Apostles’ Creed. The Catechism of the Catholic Church outlines quite well what we mean when we recite the ... Read More »


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Q: If Jesus was on this earth today, what do you think would be different about today’s society? 

A: While I know that while you are framing your question around the contrast between Jesus’ walking the earth in human form 2 millennia ago and our carrying on the mission ... Read More »


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Q: Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross during Mass?

A: When we “make the sign of the cross” in church we are providing an outward sign of our profession of faith in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. While we make ... Read More »