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Father Charles Bober
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Social teaching rooted in human dignity

QUESTION: In an adult education talk in my parish, the presenter said we should know the social teaching of the Catholic Church. It was more of a passing comment, but it struck me that I was not ... More

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'Hebrew Scriptures' is a separate label

QUESTION: I try to read the Bible as much as I can. One of my questions is just what to call the material that is not the New Testament. I used to hear it referred to as the Old Testament, but lately ...

Funeral focus is on Jesus, salvation

From time to time questions arise that require shorter answers. A few of these appear below:QUESTION: Why do they cover the casket with a white cloth at most Catholic funerals?ANSWER: No. 38 of the Or ...

Sign of the cross: Left or right first?

From time to time questions arise that require shorter answers. A few of these appear below:QUESTION: Would you please explain why some Christians make the sign of the cross differently than others?AN ...

Little known about St. Valentine

QUESTION: I assume there was an actual St. Valentine from which we get “St. Valentine’s Day.” What do we know about him and how did his name get associated with what we celebrate tod ...

'Catholic' implies fidelity to the church

QUESTION: What makes an organization or group Catholic? It seems that a lot of groups say they are “Catholic” but are not related to the Catholic Church at all. Some don’t even refle ...

Is ours a 'full Gospel' church?

QUESTION: When I travel I see a lot of small churches describing themselves as “full Gospel.” I am not sure what that means, but I wonder if we consider our Catholic Church as “full ...

Allow the Spirit to open minds, hearts

QUESTION: I really hear so little about the Holy Spirit in the actual life of the church. Why? Just how is belief in the Holy Spirit lived out in the daily life of the church and its members?ANSWER: O ...

There is twin focus to funeral rites

QUESTION: I had always thought that those who committed suicide could not have a funeral in the Catholic Church, but I just attended one. What was the reasoning for the change in policy?ANSWER: Often ...

Baptism: Sharing our greatest gift

QUESTION: When I hear my non-Catholic friends talk about baptism, some of them tell me that their children were not baptized until they were young adults. Why does the Catholic Church baptize infants? ...

Live Gospel message of mercy, hope, joy

QUESTION: I have never been a big fan of New Year’s. It usually reminds me that my life is really a cycle of near-drudgery. I am on the verge of losing hope. What does the church offer to p ...

God came into our lives through Jesus

QUESTION: In our common celebration of this season we usually use the word “Christmas.” In church publications and in the liturgy we more often hear the terms “Nativity” or  ...

Nurture your relationship with Christ

QUESTION: I am an elderly Catholic who does not like to go to confession. Is it really necessary for us old people to go to confession? Can’t a priest or bishop give some kind of dispensation?AN ...

Simeon awaited Anointed of the Lord

QUESTION: One of my neighbors says that she prays “Simeon’s Prayer” every day. Do you know anything about this prayer?ANSWER: The prayer noted in the question above is ...

Pride isolates us from God and others

QUESTION: What constitutes the sin of pride? I get confused when I hear people talk about “taking some pride in yourself.” What is the difference?ANSWER: Traditionally, pride is numbered a ...

Some saints have ties to the U.S.

QUESTION: Just how many American saints are there, and who was the first one?ANSWER: Ten saints are usually associated with the United States. In addition, we share with Canada a group of saints known ...

Make decisions with Christ in mind

QUESTION: The Catholic Church seems to have a unique perspective on lots of issues in daily life. I wonder if that holds true for how I am to make decisions in my life. Is there such a thing as C ...

Tradition: Church's careful memory

QUESTION: I never know what to say when people talk about Catholic beliefs and say, “Show me where it says that in the Bible.” I have heard priests say something about “It’ ...

How are commandments numbered?

QUESTION: I have a question about the Ten Commandments. I looked them up in the Bible (Book of Exodus) and was surprised to find them listed differently from what I remembered learning as a child. How ...

Halloween is a complex celebration

QUESTION: Is the Catholic Church for or against the celebration of Halloween?ANSWER: The origin of the celebration of Halloween is complex, and several factors have contributed to it. In Europe and mu ...

God's not at fault for human failings

QUESTION: I recently had a bad cold and was really miserable. My husband consoled me by saying that my sickness was God’s way of punishing me for the way I treat him. After sharing my thoughts w ...

Treat scrupulosity with sensitivity

QUESTION: When I last went to confession the priest told me that I might be dealing with scrupulosity. He did not add much more than that, but asked me to think about it. I would like to have some mor ...

4 forms of improper use of speech

QUESTION: I wonder how serious it is to use God’s name in vain. For me, it’s really a matter of habit, and I certainly don’t mean anything by it. Is this kind of thing still consider ...

Be committed to serving Jesus

QUESTION: Would you please explain in your column the meaning of the words of Luke’s Gospel where Jesus talks about hatred of father and mother? I never have understood that passage.ANSWER: The ...

Religious education starts at home

QUESTION: I am a grandmother and I asked my grandchildren about their religious education classes. They told me “we do it at home.” I am not doubting my family, but I would like to know a ...

Make room for God's grace

QUESTION: Recently, during a question-and-answer session at a retreat, I asked a question. The priest kind of dismissed my question by saying that I was dangerously close to being a Pelagian heretic. ...

Faith

Pope offers new beatitudes for saints of a new age

MALMO, Sweden — The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said.

At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the feast o ...

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Around The Diocese

AROUND THE DIOCESE

CONNECT NIGHT

Public is invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township on Tuesday, Feb. 21, for “Connect Night,” a casual evening of light refreshments and wine, highlighted by a talk ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

FESTIVAL OF PRAISE

Holy Apostles Parish will host a Festival of Praise on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Church, 3171 Churchview Ave. in Baldwin. Titled “The Hope of ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

NIGHT OF

ENTERTAINMENT

A group of local musicians will join in a “Night of Entertainment” on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 7-11 p.m. at Cefalo’s, 428 Washington Ave. in Carnegie. Event is hel ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

BIBLE STUDY

St. James Parish in Sewickley is sponsoring a 10-week Bible study titled “Eucharistic: Discovering the Mass in the Bible,” which will be held on Sundays, starting Jan. 29, from ...

Calendar

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, FEB. 20

Community college night, for students wanting to transfer to La Roche College, 4-8 p.m., La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., McCandless Township. To register, call 412-847-2509 or vis ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MONDAY, FEB. 13

Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, vocations, novena prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, rosary and Benediction.

Livi ...


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