The Passover timeline

A reader asks: “Jesus asked the apostles to go into town to prepare the Passover meal. They did as he asked. This meal took place on Thursday. Why not on the customary day of Friday evening?” Monsignor Charles Pope writes: “You are

Why is there a flame above St. Jude’s head?

A reader asks: “Why is Saint Jude pictured with a flame on his head? He wasn’t the only one at Pentecost and I haven’t seen anyone else depicted this way.” As Monsignor Charles Pope explains, “Almost all official answers to the meaning

Can we pray the Rosary before Mass?

A reader writes: “This past Easter Sunday, the parishioners were not allowed to say the rosary before Mass by the presiding priest. This is a normal practice that we have had in this church for over 40 years. Is there any logical

Why are we all conceived with original sin?

A reader asks: “Why is everybody, except the Blessed Virgin, conceived with original sin on their souls? If all of us inherit our first parents’ mortal sin, why do we not inherit the personal sins of our own parents or other ancestors?”

How is there no salvation outside of the Church?

The Catholic Church says in Unam Sanctum (A.D. 1302), “Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.” But Lumen Gentium (A.D. 1963) says, “Those also can

No, Mary was not a surrogate mother

A reader writes: “Wasn’t Mary a surrogate mother? Did she not bear a son for someone other than her husband, Joseph? Jesus was the Son of God. Was he not conceived by artificial insemination? She didn’t have intercourse with anyone. … I

Do Muslims worship the same God as Christians?

A reader writes: “The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council states: ‘the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith