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3/14/2014

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Did the Wise Men think Jesus was one of the many gods (were they polytheists)?A: Good question, for there are many understandings of who the Magi were who visited the baby Jesus 2,000 years ago. While there is much speculation, it seems there are a few items that we can ... Read More »

2/14/2014

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

STEUBENVILLE — Kindergarten through 12th-graders in the Diocese of Steubenville “Ask the Bishop,” Jeffrey M. Monforton.Q: Who does the Pope confess to?A: It would seem that it is impossible to find a suitable confessor for the Successor of St. Peter, our Holy Father, Pope Francis. In reality, any priest would suffice for ... Read More »

1/17/2014

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Have there always been bishops in the Church?A: The short answer is “yes.” We know from the Bible that Jesus founded the first bishops, which also were known as the Apostles. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit other bishops followed or succeeded these Apostles as the “first bishops” shared ... Read More »

12/20/2013

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: What do I have to do to be a good Catholic?A: It seems to me this is a question common among Catholics, as we explore our very identity as Catholic Christians. I say this because being Catholic does set us apart from other Christians, namely the celebration of the Seven ... Read More »

11/22/2013

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: When Jesus died and the souls went to heaven, what happened to the people who died before? Did they go to heaven?A: Good question, for we know that following Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, he opened the gates of heaven in order that we may enter and spend all eternity with ... Read More »

10/25/2013

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: What role, as a bishop, do you play in Catholic education?A: Thank you for this question for as a successor of the first Apostles, I do not just govern (administrate), sanctify (offer blessing), I also have the responsibility to teach or share our faith with our fellow brothers and sisters. ... Read More »

9/27/2013

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why did God make carnivores if his commandment is thou shall not kill?A: Thank you for starting us off with the Bible, which is, of course, God’s revealed Word. As we are referring to the Book of Exodus, Chapter 20, Verses 2-17, it is good for us to take a ... Read More »

8/30/2013

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why can’t everyone have Communion at church?A: Very good question, for we live in a culture that overly promotes the question, “What do we have the ‘right’ to do?” Our faith teaches us that we first must be “right” with God. What does this mean? From the earliest times of ... Read More »

8/2/2013

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why do altar servers carry candles?A: Did you know that the carrying of candles at the celebration of the Mass goes back to the earliest days of our church? The servers who carry candles are part of a tradition, which spans over a thousand years, which is much older than ... Read More »

7/5/2013

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why is the Catholic Church strict on tradition and does not modernize the service like other religions?A:   Good question. Tradition has been handed down to us from the Apostles, and tradition contains our very faith beliefs.  For example, we have no right as human beings to change the meaning ... Read More »