Church teaching articles and columns

Below are the latest columns from the St. Louis Review. Click on a title or the 'Continue Reading' link to read the whole story.

May 24, 2007

A Lutheran friend says his Bible is different than the Catholic Bible. I am now confused, for I always thought all Bibles were the same. Could you explain the difference between the Catholic Douai-Rheims Bible that I am using and the Protestant Bible?

So far as the New Testament is concerned, both Catholic and Protestant Bibles have the same number of books...

May 24, 2007

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May 24, 2007

How should a parent or a young person go about choosing a sponsor for confirmation?

In choosing a sponsor for confirmation, parents and the young person being confirmed should look for someone whose knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith is commendable.

The appropriate sponsor will be someone who demonstrates a commitment to the Lord and his Church through consistent weekly attendance at Mass and regular and frequent recep...

May 24, 2007

I recently moved into a parish where on Holy Thursday even-ing at the Mass of the Lord...

May 24, 2007

I usually have lunch with a fellow worker, who happens to be a fallen-away Catholic. The other day he mentioned that he believes Jesus was a great human teacher but was not God. Could you help me to present the case for Jesus being God to him in an intelligent manner?

Let me begin with a statement that appears on the screen at the beginning of the movie "Song of Bernadette": It said that for believers, no explanation is needed; for unbe...

May 24, 2007

The regular feature "Dear Father," questions from readers about the faith answered by local priests, will resume with next week’s issue.

Address questions to Dear Father, St. Louis Review, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. You can also fax them to (314) 792-7534 by e-mail at slreview@stlouisreview.com.

May 24, 2007

Why does a priest address us, his parishioners, as "brothers and sisters," yet we call him "Father?" Aren...

May 24, 2007

I have a question about "hell" in the Apostles...

May 24, 2007

My grandchild was nearly unable receive the Sacrament of Confirmation because he did not fulfill the service hours necessary to be confirmed. Why are service hours required to receive confirmation?

The Catholic Church does not require service hours to receive any sacrament. The only requirement for the Sacrament of Confirmation is that the individual be baptized.

The Church also desires to catechize individuals regarding the sacr...

May 24, 2007

If a couple is cohabiting, can their marriage in the Church be denied or delayed?

The Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reports that approximately half the couples who seek to marry in the Catholic Church are cohabiting. There is no statistical difference in this number between Catholic couples and non-Catholics or even non-believers.

Gravely concerned at the signif...

May 24, 2007

What is the difference between a religious order priest that lives in a community, like The Missionaries of the Holy Family, and a diocesan priest? And what led you to choose to be a religious order priest?

A diocesan priest is ordained for a particular diocese. Most diocesan priests work in parishes, but some are assigned to special functions within the diocese according to their training and appointments. For example, a diocesan pries...

May 24, 2007

The Dear Father feature will return when the Review resumes publication July 14.

Address questions to Dear Father, St. Louis Review, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119. You can also fax them to (314) 792-7534 or by e-mail at slreview@stlouisreview.com.

May 24, 2007

My wife and I are unable to have children on our own and we are good Catholics. We...

May 24, 2007

I have two questions about the offertory gifts. Why does the priest pour water into the wine at Mass? And why doesn...

May 24, 2007

How has the language used for the vows in the Rite of Marriage changed since Vatican II?

Like all the rituals since Vatican II, the Rite of Marriage has undergone linguistic and structural changes.Of course, none of these changes has altered the central rite of the Sacrament of Marriage, which is the exchange of consent between two baptized Christians, one male, the other female.

The Church considers the exchange of consent by t...

May 24, 2007

My wife and I are at our wit...

May 24, 2007

How did the Code of Canon Law come into being? Can it ever be changed?

The Catholic Church has the oldest continuous legal system in the world, predating the common law and European civil law systems. Canon law was born in the experience of the early Christian community, which looked to the Scriptures and the wisdom of the Church Fathers in developing practices and customs to assist the Church as it expanded throughout the territories o...

May 24, 2007

If the Sabbath is Saturday, why do Christians observe Sunday as a special day?

The observance of the Jewish Sabbath is based on the recognition that God rested after the creation of the world. The day of rest for the Jews is Saturday, the seventh day of the week.

Evidence in the New Testament affirms that the first Christians, who were also Jewish, attended the synagogue and kept the Sabbath.

It is important to note that...