Recently, Pope Francis extended to priests worldwide the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion for the Year of Mercy. While the St. Louis Review and parish priests have done an excellent job in explaining the meaning and significance of the announcement, it has raised another question in people's minds: Are there sins for which people can't be forgiven? For example, does God forgive a murderer? Or how about a rapist? How far does God's mercy extend?
How can a parish community offer Holy Communion to those who have a sensitivity to gluten?
Gluten is the general name for proteins found in wheat, rye and barley products. It's literally the glue which helps food to hold its shape and consistency.
In recent years, medical science has accepted a condition known as Celiac disease. This disease causes the lining of the small intestine to be damaged when a person eats a food with gluten in it. There's no known cure, except to exclude gluten from one's diet once diagnosed with the disease.
Do priests and bishops celebrate Mass while they are away from their assignments? If so, how?
In the seminary, we had a phrase to not take a vacation from vocation. This means that even while we were away from the seminary, or as priests from our assignments, that we were still to strive for holiness through how we conducted ourselves and by taking time for prayer.