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Is Egg Donation Morally Acceptable?

A family member is giving her frozen eggs to women who can’t conceive. If we are to preserve human life in all its forms, shouldn’t these eggs be given a chance to live?
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What If a Pope Becomes Comatose?

When I heard that Pope Francis was undergoing surgery requiring general anesthesia, I wondered who would be in charge of the Church while he was incapacitated.
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Can This Child be Baptized?

My daughter and her boyfriend are not married but would like their newborn to be baptized in the Catholic Church.
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What Will the October 2023 Synod Discuss?

Pope Francis has called for a synod to be held in Rome, starting in October 2023 with another session in October 2024.
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Is God Listening to My Prayers?

Although I keep praying, little happens. What else can I do?
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Does God Change?

God can appear harsh in the Old Testament, compared to the just and merciful God of today. How is this possible?
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What Does the Common Good Mean?

We are living in confusing times, especially with abortion, political lies, gun violence, attacks against the Church, and so on. What is the Catholic Church’s teaching on the common good?
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