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7/4/2014

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q:Why is the dove a symbol of the Holy Spirit?A: The Bible is very instructive regarding the various symbols of our faith. For one, we are familiar with the descent of the dove upon Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan River. God the Holy Spirit, in the form ... Read More »

6/6/2014

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why is the Catholic Bible so different from any other Bible?A: This is a very good question, for we are quite aware either by visiting a bookstore or “surfing the Net” that there are many translations of Sacred Scripture in the market, not to mention there are many English ... Read More »

5/9/2014

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why are priests not allowed to marry?A: This is a common question. For me to respond, “That’s just how it is” would be an insult to your intelligence. The Catholic priest stands out in our society, and for good reason: He is in the person of Jesus Christ in a ... Read More »

4/11/2014

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: The Bible tells of Jesus’ brothers and sisters, but Catholics believe that Mary had one child, Jesus. How can this be explained?A: This is a very good question. It is important that we need understand that languages, which were used by people 2,000 years ago, did not exactly match the ... Read More »

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 »