Got questions about faith, religion, theology or anything related to the Catholic Church? Fr. Francis will answer them here.
Fr. Ching, I would like to ask how to dispose the photocopy of the prayers, religious articles with the holy people pictures. Thanks. God Bless.
I would like to invite my Protestant friend to explore our Catholic faith, but one of his hangups is that Catholic do not believe in Sola scriptura. Can you please explain Catholic stands on Sola scriptura? Is this explained in the Bible?
1.Why is Indulgence only granted by the Pope during certain occasions or feast days? 2.Why does the Pope have rights to grant indulgence? 3.Can I obtain Indulgence by doing all the requirements of Indulgence during ordinary days without being granted by the Pope?
You mentioned that we can offer each hour to God at the hour. Do you know where we can find a list of phrases we can use as intentions for the hour?
Due to location factor, as a Catholic, can I attend a Protestant Church to fulfill the obligation of worshipping on Sunday if there is no any Catholic Churches nearby? Can I receive Holy Communion in the Protestant Church since their theological view and belief on Communion is different from ours?
If wine is truly transformed to Blood during Eucharist, why would “someone cannot consume wine because of health reasons” become one of the problems when receiving the sacrament? Doesn’t transformed wine become non-wine oriented?
記得程神父提過 「聖母的使命是帶我們用最容易、最快、最安全的方法走近耶穌，然後就站在我們後面助我們不要離去。」具體來說我們應該要如何透過聖母走近耶穌？ 有時我會想像自己在迦納婚宴現場，請托聖母告知耶穌我也沒有酒了，也聽她對我說耶穌吩咐甚麼就做甚麼。不過不知道這樣做對不對。
I keep hearing Catholics say “to offer up your suffering”, or “uniting your suffering with Jesus on the cross”. Would you talk about what that means, and why you would do that? How can I learn more about it?
God is omnipotent so shouldn’t He have done something more impressive than just sacrifice Himself all the while knowing He will be raised from the dead anyway? Maybe He took the only way to save us and the goal was not to impress us?
Is it a sin for someone to forgo treatment for cancer, if statistically, the chances of survival with treatment is extremely low and the patient does not want to go through the pain of ineffective chemo? If someone raises this idea to a loved one to consider, would that be a sin?
Can we receive Eucharist when we obtain absolution from a priest in confession but HAVE NOT completed all the required penances? Are we still in a state of mortal sin?
If one wants to choose a Christian name to baptize, is it mandatory that one must choose from the names of Roman Catholic patron saints?
After struggling with bone cancer for over 10 years, God brought my elder sister back home last Saturday. Before she passed, she expressed that she preferred to have a burial at sea(海葬) . What is the teaching and attitude of the Catholic Church towards this issue?
After having three kids, a couple decide not to have any more children because they know that they are incapable of giving enough attention or financial support if there are too many kids. How can the couple avoid conception (almost 100%) while following the Church’s teachings? Does NFP reassures this?
I know that the Church is against abortion. However, what if the child inside you will have a suffering life because of his disabilities? Won’t the mom and the child be better-off with an abortion?
In the Summa Theologiae, Tertia Pars, Question 83, Article 5, Objection 3; Aquinas ascribes the sign of the cross to events of the Passion when the priest says certain lines in the Roman Canon. These actions are now omitted, even though the text is unchanged. What changed and can the actions return?
天主的愛不是充滿喜樂的嗎？我常聽到別人說 ：我們是罪人，我們是有 罪的！我亦知道自己是罪人！如果每天都想着自己是罪人，當然不會開心，那麽怎能能活出天主恩賜的喜樂呢？這個內心的思想該怎樣平衡？
How should we respond to arguments against the existence of God? The most common arguments I heard of are: 1) God knew everything we would do when He made us so there is no true free will. 2) There are many good people suffering and many unanswered prayers.
Is it a sin against the first and fourth commandments for giving a priest equality with God my Father and my earthly father whom I am to honour?
When Jesus told the Samaritan woman he would have given her living water. What then is the living water?
We know that Jesus came to us by both water and blood (1 John 5:6). However, during Mass not all chalices have water put into them. Thus not all people who are called to share in this mystery get the water. Why is this so?
我有朋友是研究New Age的，常說要往內心連結、接通宇宙，尋找個人的「內在神性」、向宇宙吸引所想要的云云。我還在慕道中，雖然覺得天主才應該是真實的，但一時之間也不知如何辯倒他。請神父指導。 又，觀察自然界萬物的複雜構造、生態奇妙，可以推論應該是有創造者的，但應怎樣向外(教)人證實創造者就是我們信的那一位？畢竟多數民族和宗教都有創世的說法。 如果不引用聖經也有可能嗎？我朋友定會說聖經當然會說天主是對的。
With a toddler and a baby, I find our family missing mass quite a bit during the winter cold and flu season as sickness rotates throughout each of us! Is missing mass due to a child’s sickness (or even our own) considered a sin that will require confession each time before receiving communion?
What are the various Catholic churches with names like Maronite, Coptic and Slovak Catholic Church. In the Nicene Creed,”I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church”, so are churches just like CMCC serving the ethnic groups? Are these churches legit for Roman Catholics? How about Eastern and Orthodox?
Mark 7:1-13 mentions that other than the ten commandments, the Pharisees added extra laws and rules that Jews should follow. Is our church today not doing the same thing, such as harsh rules on the divorce and mandatory mass of some feast days?
We all have accumulated a lot of religious objects, such as prayer cards, rosaries, and pictures of Saints. But some are either worn out or broken. What is the most appropriate way of disposing them ? I have heard that it is a sin to toss them into the garbage ?
After the priest blessed the Eucharist, some people would stand up, while others would prefer to continue to kneel. Which way is correct?
If a person passed away suddenly leaving his/her family on earth, would the departed miss the family if he/she is in heaven? If the departed knows his/her family member(s) will head towards spiritual death, would he/she be sad and concerned in heaven? If yes, is there any sadness in heaven?
Pope Francis: “Hope in idols are illusions.” What about religious objects and statues that adorned the Catholic churches and in lay people’s homes?
A priest said having a lot of faith means doing a lot of volunteer work and give money to the church. I always thought faith is about living up the Word and allow the Word to lead our conscience, conduct, and to shape us as a person. But this priest said having faith got nothing to do with it.
Is it true that Christians should not do yoga? Is it fine to do yoga if I don’t say their words or join their meditation? Is Yoga really an invitation to demonic possession because of its moves and postures?
Can a non catholic baptize a dying person if the dying person expresses a wish to become catholic?
I am a Catholic but my husband is not. He does not believe neither in God nor in heaven. He argues that if God does love everyone without any condition then he does not need to be a Catholic to enter Heaven. He believes that as long as he is a “good” guy, our “God” will let him enter into heaven.
How do we explain Trinity to non-Catholic or people said they do not understand that?
I read about your answer about prayers to saints. Who are the saints and why they can answers prayers?
How does the Church get the relics of the saints? They all passed away a long time before they became saints.
I was challenged by a Protestant group that why Roman Catholic pray to saints and Mary and not directly to Jesus and God. Do we Catholic deviate from what the Bible is telling us? I was a bit bothered by that question. Please help me understand why we practice such way.