Christian Brugger

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Do You Have an Obligation to Vote in November?

Q. I’m disgusted by the leading political candidates for president. I’m tempted to sit this one out. Do I have a moral obligation to vote in November? A. We all have an obligation — indeed, a grave obligation — to work for the common good of our...

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May I Patronize Companies that Support Intrinsic Evil?

Q. I read that the Adobe Company supports Planned Parenthood. I have used Photoshop over the years to supplement my income. I recently bought a new computer, on which my old software is incompatible. Unfortunately, I’ve found that Adobe no longer...

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Can Contraceptives Be Taken for Therapeutic Purposes?

Q. I decided finally to read John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” (TOB). But before I did, I read “Humanae Vitae” (HV), since TOB is heavily based on that papal encyclical. I see paragraph 14 condemns the use of contraception for the direct...

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Is Indifference to the Poor Mortally Sinful?

Q. Is it a mortal sin when I don’t help homeless people I see on the street? I work in a city where I see homeless people a lot. Recently, I saw a homeless woman I’ve seen a few times and felt the urge to buy her some food. I thought about doing...

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Is It Sinful to Accept Donations from a Masonic Lodge?

Q. Can a local parish solicit or accept stipends for Masses from a Masonic lodge? — Joseph, Albuquerque A. The short answer is sometimes. Permit me to explain. Since the early 18th century, the Catholic Church has consistently prohibited...

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Are IVF Individuals Fully Human?

Q. When human life is conceived through reproductive technologies that replace the marital act, are the products of conception fully human? Do these individuals have immortal souls? Are they entitled to receive baptism? What if they were created...

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Is Suicide, Even in War, Always Wrong?

Q. I recently watched a show on the underground network in Czechoslovakia during World War II. The network provided its members with cyanide capsules should they be captured and tortured. Would the network members have done something immoral if...

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Should Pro-Transgender Politicians Be Denied Communion?

Q. If a politician supports laws that advance people’s attempt to alter their gender, is this fundamentally different, morally speaking, from the public advocacy for abortion? If a Catholic politician supports transgender ideology, should he or...

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Is Transgenderism Sinful?

Q. The Church teaches that having a same-sex attraction is not itself a sin. Only when a person acts in a way to satisfy that attraction does he commit a sin. Do we apply the same rule to persons with gender identity questions? In other words,...

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Overcoming Your Over-Scrupulosity

Q. If one is in practical doubt (i.e., has a doubt of conscience) as to whether or not some action one is contemplating is sinful, one should gain moral certainty that it is not sinful before proceeding. But what about the doubts of one who...