Questions on the Faith: On a dress code for altar servers, lectors

Should there be a uniform dress code for altar servers and lectors? Q: As a cradle born Catholic in Singapore, I have visited almost all the different parishes scattered across Singapore and it is rather perturbing that all the parishes have different standards for altar servers and lectors. Some parishes require their altar servers to [...]

Questions on the Faith: About cremation

Q: During Bible Study, we discussed what our resurrected bodies would look like and this led to the subject of Catholic burial. Some of us do not understand the Catholic Church’s stand that the cremated ashes of a Catholic can only be kept or deposited on holy ground which today means in a church columbarium. [...]

Questions on the Faith: Why did God ‘harden’ Pharaoh’s heart?

Q: I would like to pose the following question in the Questions on the Faith section of CatholicNews. Why did God harden the following characters in the Bible which contradicted His gift of free will? God hardened Pharaoh’s heart which resulted in many dying from devastating plagues (Exodus 9:12). God hardened the hearts of Gentile [...]

Questions on the Faith: About signing an AMD and ACP

Q: I have two questions on the Catholic faith in connection with AMD (Advance Medical Directive) and ACP (Advance Care Planning):1) Does signing an AMD goes against Catholic teaching?I have signed that document a few years ago because I do not want my life prolonged in the case of terminal disease with no hope of [...]

Questions on the Faith: Why do evil spirits exist?

Q: Why are there evil spirits? One would have thought that God, with His infinite goodness, wisdom and foresight, would not create anything that would become evil. Now that they exist, why doesn’t God wipe them out? – Anthony Oei A: This is a good but rather complex question. Firstly, I am assuming that by [...]