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Posted by Carolyn Crabtree

Q: Can a mortal sin be forgiven?

A: As we are in the midst of the Easter season, celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, this is an appropriate question to begin our monthly “Ask the Bishop.” Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated Holy Week and were instructed by the Scripture readings ... Read More »


Posted by Carolyn Crabtree



Q: Why do the cross and statues get covered before Good Friday and Holy Week?                                    

A:This is a very good question, and it may be on the minds of many people after ... Read More »


Posted by Alyson Radford


 Q: In the Bible – Genesis, Chapter 3, Verse 8 – it says, “When they heard the sound of the LORD walking about the garden. ...” My question is, back then, could God walk the earth like a human?

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Posted by Alyson Radford


    Q: What is your favorite part of the Mass and why?

   A: It seems to me that most people have a favorite part of the Mass, whether we are speaking about the music, the homily (yes, that can be a favorite part of the Mass) or ... Read More »


Posted by Alyson Radford


Q: Why was Jesus a descendant of Judah, instead of Joseph or Reuben? 


    A: It seems each one of us wishes to explore our own ancestry in order to ascertain a few things about ourselves. Our ancestry most certainly provides us an understanding of our own ... Read More »


Posted by Alyson Radford

Q: Why does God sound so stern in the Old Testament, but Jesus is so kind, loving and caring?

    A: Many who are familiar with the Old Testament stories from the Book of Genesis through the prophets, prior to the birth of John the Baptist, recognize that time and time ... Read More »


Posted by Alyson Radford

Q: Why do we fast on Fridays during Lent?

A: Fasting and abstaining are both profound gifts of the Church for they train our focus on the most important things in life. Both remind us that Jesus is the center of our lives. In the Lenten season, the two ... Read More »


Posted by Alyson Radford

    Q: How did God create our universe?                                                                

  A: Before we proceed in answering this question, may ... Read More »


Posted by Alyson Radford


    Q: Why do priests have to wear black?

    A: This is a very good question, because some may think that we lack imagination with our clerical clothing, which, of course, is not the case. As with the liturgical seasons, the color we wear communicates to others ... Read More »


Posted by Alyson Radford

    Q: Why do cardinals and bishops wear different colors?

    A: Many wonder why the cardinals, bishops and priests wear specific attire. For one, the color of the attire indicates one’s office in the Church. 

    For instance, you will see me wearing a magenta (a type of ... Read More »