Divine Mercy Q&A

Part 2: What's Church Belief on Homosexuality, and Why?

A friend who read my last column on homosexuality complained I had forgotten something very important: "You said that according to the Bible and the Catholic Church, homosexuality is an unnatural, wounded condition, not what our Creator intended for us, and therefore cannot lead to human peace and fulfillment. But what about the fact that scientists have now discovered it is genetically inherited - that people are gay because of their genes? If it's in their genes, how can it be a 'wounded,' 'unnatural' condition?"

What's the Most Disturbing Words Jesus Spoke?

A reader of this column named Shane sent to me a question that I have taken far too long to answer. Maybe I was just a bit overawed by the depth of the mystery here. He writes:

Promises, Promises: How Far Do They Go?

Over the past few weeks I have received a bunch of questions about some of the promises our Lord has made about the graces He wants to pour out upon us through the Image of The Divine Mercy and the Feast of The Divine Mercy.

First, with regard to the image, a man named Edward asked me to help him understand what our Lord meant by the promise He made to St. Faustina when He first appeared to her in her cell in the form of the image and said to her:

What is 'Sanctity'? And How Does One Achieve It?

A friend of mine has waited a long time for me to answer this question for him online. So first of all, Tom, thank for your patience. The truth is I had to LIVE the answer a bit more before I felt I could really write on it with any confidence I knew what I was talking about. Tom had asked:

What Was St. Faustina's Big, Mysterious Secret?

There are indeed some mysterious passages in St. Faustina's Diary. One of the most intriguing ones is entry number 824, where St. Faustina writes:

Is Asking St. Faustina to Pray for Us a 'Pagan' Practice?

Last week we had a look at the Catholic understanding of how Church doctrine legitimately "develops" over time. That is to say, how it develops from things implicit, or in "seed" form, in the teachings of the apostles, to the full flowering of those doctrines - the deeper understanding of them and the clearer articulation of them - in later centuries. We looked at examples such as the Church's teachings on purgatory, on slavery, and even on the doctrine that mercy is the greatest attribute of God.

Why Do Some Doctrines Seem to Lack Biblical Support?

I am delighted to be back in action after a year's hiatus from this column. And no sooner did we make the decision to restart this Q&A series than we received a wheelbarrow full of new and excellent questions from readers of thedivinemercy.org and marian.org.

The first question comes from a man named Ron, who asked me about the seemingly slender amount of support in the New Testament for the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory:
 

 

Is St. Faustina too Liberal or too Conservative?

If you live long enough, I guess, you will eventually find every form of lunacy somewhere in print. I recently celebrated my 50th birthday (personally, I like to think of it as "my first half century"), and around the same time, several of the readers of this column brought to my attention some websites claiming to represent "Traditional Catholicism." I saw articles attacking St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion as "heresy."

Why So Many Images? Which One is Best?

Get a group of Divine Mercy devotees from around the world into a room, and it won't be long before they are discussing which version of the Image of The Divine Mercy they use most in their own land and which version they like best. Several questions about this matter have landed in my e-mail box in recent months. For example, one anonymous e-mailer sent me this:
 

 

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