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Here are a few examples of questions:

Can we Know that God exists?
Did Jesus found the Catholic Church and what about the other Churches?
Who is the Pope and what is his role?
Do Catholics Worship Mary or other saints?
How does someone make it to Heaven?
Can non-Christians be saved?
Why does the Church disapprove of Contraception?
What is Natural Family Planning?
What about the Inquisition?
Why are there no women priests?
Why does Catholic morality seem so harsh?

Why do we allow talking at the beginning of mass?

Coming to Mass is gathering in Jesus' name in community. For those who come early to mass it is a wonderful time to greet and share with others; it is how we grow as a community, as a family!  Just as dinnertime is a wonderful sharing time for your family; mass can also be a wonderful sharing time as we prepare to gather together at our Lord's table.

About Catholic Cemeteries

I have a question... I was born and raised Catholic. My husband was born and raised Protestant. We both kept our original religions. When we die, we would like to be buried next to each other. Do Catholic cemeteries not allow people to be buried with their spouses if they are of another religion? If not, why... if we, as Catholics are taught to be loving and accepting of other people's differences?


The short answer to your question:  Since you are Catholic, your spouse of any other religion, may be buried in a plot near you, but, you will need to contact the cemetery you are interested in.  Each cemetery has different rules based on parish association, diocese, and even based on the amount of available space. Some cemeteries may only allow parishioners of the associated parish, or even only families that already have plots, etc.

Why Can't Catholics get married outside?

Q. Why can't Catholics get married outside, like at a beach? If the couple marries each other, why does it have to happen in a church? (Anonymous)

A.

Canon Law. 1115   Marriages are to be celebrated in a parish where either of the contracting parties has a domicile, quasidomicile, or month long residence or, if it concerns transients, in the parish where they actually reside. With the permission of the proper ordinary** or proper pastor, marriages can be celebrated elsewhere.

However, fewer and fewer dispensations to marry outside a Catholic Church are being granted.  (One such example of a dispensation that might be granted would be if the bride were the daughter of a Protestant minister and wished to get married in her father's church, with a priest officiating.  On a beach, however, it is doubtful.)

Here's why Catholics must get married in a Catholic church, unless given a dispensation.

Firstly, while God is indeed present everywhere--on the beach, in the mountains, in a garden--certain places are CONSECRATED to Him.  God is physically present in the sacred space of the Tabernacle.  Just like God was present in the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament--(a place so holy and sacred that only the High Priest could be in its presence, once a year, after a period of ritual fasting and cleansing.)

So, reminiscent of the discussion of why Catholics need to go to Mass rather than be with God via a contemplative walk in a beautiful forest--it's because God is truly, physically, substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle on the altar of all Catholic Churches.  And a sacramental event ought to rightfully take place in a space consecrated to God.

~Excerpts from Canon Law; and Three minute apologetics, Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P

Did Jesus found the Catholic Church and what about the other churches?

To answer this question, it is assumed that the question is referring to Christian churches:

The below article is published on EWTN and it covers the topic quite well (https://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/churb4.htm)

How Old Is Your Church?

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex- monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th century.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774.

If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605.

If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, you recognize Michaelis Jones as founder, because he originated your religion in New York in 1628.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.

If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as 'Church of the Nazarene," "Pentecostal Gospel." "Holiness Church," "Pilgrim Holiness Church," "Jehovah's Witnesses," your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past century.

If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ the Son of God, and it is still the same Church.

what is the catholic teaching on cremation?

In light of our awaited resurrection, what is the Catholic teaching on cremation? Many scriptures on "the temple of the body" seems countenance to the practice of cremation.

If our Christ in Jesus Himself went into the tomb, should we all not follow Him?

Changing Catholic Attitudes about Cremation

Catholic World Report  November 2012

Cremation of human remains was prohibited by Catholic authorities for much of the history of the Church. Today, it is not only allowed, but growing in popularity among the faithful. “It takes time for family traditions to change,” Williams said. “More people are choosing cremation as an alternative.”

While full-body burial remains the Church’s preferred choice, there are practical reasons for cremation. Cost is one; cremation can shave thousands off the $6,000-8,000 cost of burial. Another is that families can inter cremated remains in family plots, which have limited space. Some argue it is a more ecologically-friendly choice, Williams said, as less open space and materials are required for cremation.

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