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Admitting Gross Historical Injustices

Call it tribalism, but I’ve always cast a skeptical eye on the Dominicans ever since I learned about their role in the Inquisition. Do you have any advice for thinking about historical misdeeds?
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Anger at the Church

Father Pat McCloskey, OFM, answers questions in his Ask a Franciscan column!
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Marriage, Miracles, and Tattoos

Father Pat McCloskey, OFM, answers questions about marriage, the rosary, and whether it's a sin to get a tattoo.
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Tridentine Mass Revisited

Father Pat McCloskey, OFM, answers questions about the Latin Mass, a line in the Our Father, and heaven.
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‘Is Lying Always a Sin?’

Is lying always a sin?
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No Funeral Mass for a Cremated Person? 

What is the Church's official stance on cremation?
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Praying Quickly or Slowly? 

Does the speed of praying make a difference? 
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