Christian Brugger

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Catholic Bishops and the Problem of Scandal

Q. I’ve heard the term scandal used frequently during the present crisis: e.g., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s actions are “scandalous;” people are “scandalized” by the bishops’ inaction. But the term’s meaning is not always obvious to me. Could...

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How to Find Consolation in This Time of Purification

Q. Given the terrible scandals in the Church, I feel my faith is in doubt. What can I do to strengthen it? A. When the sixth-century philosopher Boethius was awaiting death on a trumped-up charge of treason, he comforted himself in prison by...

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How Can I Discern God’s Will?

Q. How do I discern Jesus’ will for my life? I am 55 years old and rediscovered my faith after attending the World Youth Day in Poland in 2016. I want to understand my faith better. Thus, I’d like to study theology or philosophy. But I’m not sure...

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Navigating the Thorny Thicket of Immigration

Q. The Catholic voice on immigration seems to me one-sided: bishops suggesting canonical penalties on Catholic border control personnel, pastoral visits to the border to support illegal immigrants, constant speaking out against efforts to seal...

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Is Masturbation Always Wrong?

Q. I am 78 years old and have been married to my wife for 53 years. Lately I have begun to experience periodic impotence. My doctor recommends masturbation as he thinks my problem is psychological. Under these circumstances can masturbation be...

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How Far Does Papal Authority Go?

Q. The Holy Father says things that confuse me. On the one hand, he says we might see our pet dogs in heaven; and on the other, he says he doesn’t see how the U.S. president can be a Christian because he wants to secure the southern border with a...

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Sunday Sports and Honoring the Third Commandment

Q. Is participating in Sunday sports consistent with keeping the Third Commandment? My children attend organized practice for their sports teams Sunday mornings and regularly scheduled practices Sunday afternoons and evenings. I know man was not...

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The Agonizing Case of Alfie Evans

Editor's Note: This is the first article in a new Register series called “Difficult Moral Questions.” Readers are invited to send questions to editor@ewtn.com, putting “Difficult Moral Questions” in the subject line. Please identify your first...

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Do You Have a Difficult Moral Question? Ask the Register...

The editors at the Register thought it would be helpful to begin a twice-monthly column called Difficult Moral Questions, where readers send in questions of all sorts and I attempt to answer them in a way that both does justice to the reader’s...