Christian Brugger

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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...

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We Are Our Brothers’ Keepers

Q. I have hired a homeless man to paint around my house, and he is doing a beautiful job. The man is bipolar. He obviously had a miserable childhood, abusive and dysfunctional. He lives in his car at a local Walmart parking lot. He works about...

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Can In Vitro Fertilization Ever Be Morally Permissible?

Q. I am in a moral predicament. I am Catholic and my husband is Orthodox. He is nearing 40 and I am nearing 35. We have been married for nearly four years. We have been told we have a 1% chance of natural conception given male infertility issues...

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What About Mechanical Ventilation of ALS Patients?

Q. Do you consider the use of mechanical ventilation in ALS patients an extraordinary or disproportionate means to prolong life? Would the discontinuation of mechanical ventilation in ALS patients be a proportionate measure? Q. What would be...