Was this priest wrong to refuse to baptize a seriously ill newborn?

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Full Question The chaplain of our local government hospital refused to baptize a sick newborn. The doctors told the family to get the priest because the infant was in critical condition. When the priest arrived and found out that the parents were temporarily absent, he refused to administer emergency baptism and confirmation. A few hours

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Did people really live for 900 years as described in Genesis?

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Full Question Can you give me a logical answer about the people’s ages in the book of Genesis? Some of them lived to be 900 years old. What is the Catholic Church’s teaching about this? Answer The Church has no teaching regarding whether these ages are to be taken literally or not. The Church will

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When is our confession entire?

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Our confession is entire when we confess at least all our mortal sins, telling their kind, the number of times we have committed each sin, and any circumstances changing their nature. When a man or woman shall have committed any of all the sins that men are wont to commit, and by negligence shall have

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What are the effects of the sacrament of Extreme Unction?

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The effects of the sacrament of Extreme Unction are: an increase of sanctifying grace; comfort in sickness and strength against temptation; preparation for entrance into heaven by the remission of our venial sins and the cleansing of our souls from the remains of sin; health of body when it is good for the soul. And

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Can you help me resolve my difficulties with Marian doctrines?

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Full Question I am having serious issues with Marian doctrines. I feel the titles the Church gives to her, such as co-redemptrix, mediatrix, and dispenser of all graces, really limit the power of Christ. I fear I am committing idolatry. Am I required to believe Mary is co-redeemer with Christ? Or can I simply not

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Is it necessary to confess every sin?

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It is necessary to confess every mortal sin which has not yet been confessed and forgiven; it is not necessary to confess our venial sins, but it is better to do so. He that hideth his sins shall not prosper; but he that shall confess and forsake them shall obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

What should we do after Holy Communion?

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After Holy Communion we should spend some time adoring Our Lord, thanking Him, renewing our promises of love and of obedience to Him, and asking Him for blessings for ourselves and others. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

What is necessary to receive Holy Communion worthily?

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To receive Holy Communion worthily it is necessary to be free from mortal sin, to have a right intention, and to obey the Church's laws on the fast required before Holy Communion out of reverence for the body and blood of Our Divine Lord. However, there are some cases in which Holy Communion may be

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Will Heaven Be Boring?

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CHALLENGE “I can’t imagine being happy for all eternity in heaven. Sitting on a cloud playing a harp sounds boring." DEFENSE The reality of heaven transcends human imagination, and popular images of it are only pointers. The depiction of robed saints sittting on clouds and playing harps is a modern one. It is found in

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Was Christ really in the tomb for three days?

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Full Question If Christ died on a Friday and was raised on a Sunday, how come the Bible speaks of his being in the tomb for three days and three nights before his Resurrection (Mt 12:40; Mk 8:31)? Answer  Christ died around three in the afternoon on Friday and was entombed shortly thereafter. The Resurrection

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