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Most Popular (Read) Questions and Answers (April 16, 2005)
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Below is a list of the most read questions and answers voted by you over the past 4 years. Out of the first 800 most visited pages I've pulled out the top 150 read questions and answers from our 358-question knowledge base.

I have also color-code the rankings by "the top 10, 20, 30, etc." I hope you find it useful.

Posting Date: April 20, 2005.
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Percentage of the150 most read


  1 8,898 9.01% In what fundamental ways does the Catholic Church differ from Protestant denominations?
2 4,892 4.95% Why do Catholic Christians eat fish on Fridays and what does "abstinence from meat" mean?
3 4,447 4.50% What are the major differences between Baptists and Catholics and how do I become a Catholic?
4 2,363 2.39% Can you tell me about William Branham, who my boyfriend says is the End-Time prophet?
5 2,097 2.12% Why can't Catholic priests get married when Eastern Rite and Greek Orthodox priests can?
6 1,914 1.94% How should we fast during Lent and how do we handle those people who ask us if we are fasting?
7 1,913 1.94% Could you explain the Protestant view of the Rapture and how it squares with the Catholic view?
8 1,858 1.88% How does a divorce differ from an annulment and under what conditions is an annulment granted?
9 1,775 1.80% Can you help me find the Pope's e-mail address?
10 1,772 1.79% Does the immorality of (IVF) In-Vitro Fertilization apply to sterile people and where are the best sources for IVF abuses?
  11 1,714 1.73% Where can I find a total set of the 1962 (Latin/English) breviary and are there other translations?
12 1,449 1.47% Where can I find the proper wording for a Nuptial Mass Booklet and obtain a Papal Blessing?
13 1,280 1.30% Can you refer me to some web sites or documents that state the Church's position on cloning?
14 1,196 1.21% Was Pope Alexander VI really a bad pope and are there any other bad Popes with bad reputations?
15 1,188 1.20% Is it still a mortal sin to miss Sunday Mass and can I make up for it by going to a daily Mass?
16 1,174 1.19% During a Mass, what was that silver thing the priest used around the casket that had a great smell?
17 1,152 1.17% Removed from the site, due to comments from readers.
18 1,148 1.16% Can you tell a young guy who doesn't have a car and can't get to a priest, how to make holy water?
19 1,135 1.15% How do I reply to my friend's claim that the Pope's title adds up to 666: the mark of the beast?
20 1,116 1.13% Can you clarify this posting? – How can you call a political candidate Pro-Life when he's Pro-Death?
  21 1,094 1.11% Has there been a change by the Roman Catholic Church that accepts Anglican Orders as valid?
22 937 0.95% If I want to stay Catholic and he wants to stay Mormon, do we still have to raise the kids Catholic?
23 892 0.90% Given his actions, how could Pope Alexander VI have been infallible or even lucid in Church doctrines?
24 861 0.87% Why do we make the Sign of the Cross and what does it mean?
25 858 0.87% Is "No Salvation Outside The Church" just a slogan; and what are your teachings on this doctrine?
26 843 0.85% What do I say when my hubby asks me, why did the Church change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday?
27 841 0.85% Is Fr. Gruner aligned with the (SSPX) and, if not, will he dissociate with this schismatic movement?
28 814 0.82% What are the risks or, if any, the rewards of using the Enneagram as a method of self-discovery?
29 813 0.82% What exactly is Our Lord talking about when He mentions blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
30 809 0.82% What is the Catholic view of predestination in lieu of Ephesians 1:3-5 and is life predetermined?
  31 801 0.81% What's your view of centering prayer and how can this be the True Church with leaders like this?
32 796 0.81% How do I refute this argument on married priests versus clerical celibacy?
33 790 0.80% What are the Church's thoughts and views on Reiki and Reiki healing?
34 788 0.80% Was 'Outside the Church there is no salvation.' ever a Catholic doctrine?; is it?; what's the story?
35 767 0.78% What is the meaning, purpose, and history of indulgences?
36 761 0.77% When did England become Protestant, what were some of the indicators of this, and what was the effect of the Reformation on the Church?
37 748 0.76% Can you answer some questions on the sacraments, praying, different faiths, and getting saved?
38 747 0.76% Does it matter how we receive Communion and are there instances when one way is required?
39 730 0.74% What is intinction; I don't remember hearing the term growing up in my local Catholic parish?
40 715 0.72% Can you explain to a Baptist, thinking about converting, the value of praying to Mary and the Saints?
  41 705 0.71% How do I bless water and make it holy so I can bless myself and bedroom for protection + health?
42 700 0.71% Why don't Catholics practice Passover?
43 680 0.69% Can you answer some questions from a Methodist about the Scripture readings used in the Mass?
44 671 0.68% Can you explain the morality of the death penalty and is it ever justified to protect the innocent?
45 667 0.68% Can you explain the proper rendering of John 1:1 and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of this verse?
46 657 0.67% Do you know where I can get a list of the Catholic Church's dogmatic statements?
47 657 0.67% What is the Church's viewpoint on hypnosis and can you find me any information on the topic?
48 635 0.64% Can you explain to me the concept of mortal sin and can I be forgiven if I have committed one?
49 616 0.62% In a homily, should feminine or neuter pronouns ever be used when referring to the Holy Spirit?
50 594 0.60% Do you know of any resources that will help me explain (and defend) Mary's Virginity to my friend?
  51 591 0.60% Can a Catholic who left the Church, be re-baptized elsewhere and would the Church ever change?
52 561 0.57% Since its not man's job to forgive sins, what does confessing my sins to a priest do for me?
53 555 0.56% What is the Catholic Church's view regarding "speaking in tongues"?
54 540 0.55% What is the probability of salvation for someone who has committed suicide?
55 526 0.53% Do you agree with my understand of the teaching — "Outside the Church there is no salvation"?
56 521 0.53% Should Catholics attend Protestant services where communion is received within their community?
57 511 0.52% Does the first marriage of the non-Catholic require an annulment to get the marriage blessed?
58 503 0.51% Can you give me a legitimate source on the Church's view toward Intinction during Communion?
59 482 0.49% Can you tell me how I can get one of those written Papal blessings?
60 475 0.48% Why does the Pope carry around a staff with a very grotesque crucifix on it?
61 470 0.48% Since we have no access to the Tridentine Mass, we are wondering if the Novus Ordo Mass is valid?
62 463 0.47% How orthodox are writers like Fr. Anthony de Mello S.J., Meister Eckhart and Thomas Merton?
63 459 0.46% Why weren't the Immaculate Conception and Assumption required faith back then, but are today?
64 458 0.46% What is the Church's view toward liturgical dance?
65 457 0.46% Do you know the Vatican's view on the Christian Community and Rudolf Steiner?
66 455 0.46% Is Nostradamus considered a true prophet by the Church and can the Church fall in the future?
67 454 0.46% Why did the robber on the Cross die and go to Heaven when we will be years in Purgatory?
68 453 0.46% Do you have an explanation for my Episcopalian friend on why women cannot be ordained priests?
69 446 0.45% Where in the Bible does it say a man may only marry once and how does the Church decide what is, and is not, literal?
70 438 0.44% Can someone please help me explain the Communion of Saints to a Protestant?
71 437 0.44% What are the guidelines for the use of genetic manipulation and related care for severe illnesses?
72 436 0.44% Was Pope Pius XII, "Hitler's Pope" and is this book Adventist propaganda or a shocking untold story?
73 434 0.44% Is it legal to celebrate the Tridentine Mass and what are the differences with the Novus Ordo Mass?
74 425 0.43% Is the entire story of Jonah a fable or just the part that relates to the conversion of Nineveh?
75 425 0.43% Besides the Papal decree by Pope Pius XII, what is the best way to defend Mary's Assumption?
  76 423 0.43% Do you know what is meant (or what was meant) by the phrase, the "Gospel side" of the Church?
77 409 0.41% After the 9/11 attack on our country, is there any reasoning justifying the U.S. attacking Iraq?
78 406 0.41% Are indulgences wrong and un-Scriptural or does the Church approve of them — and, if so, why?
79 400 0.40% Is my Scripture teacher correct in saying: A lot in the New Testament is borrowed or invented?
80 399 0.40% If the Church's teaching is protected, why was there a notable change on the topic of usury?
81 397 0.40% Has the Vatican approved this Sacramentary and its corresponding English translation?
82 391 0.40% Can you explain what infallibility is, and its scope?
83 382 0.39% Is the condemnation of Galileo by the Church proof that Her teachings are not infallible?
84 374 0.38% Is the SSPX, Society of Saint Pius X, in good standing with the Vatican and the Church? The short answer is NO!
85 366 0.37% Why don't Catholics bring their Bibles to Mass so they can really understand the Word of God?
86 364 0.37% Are these End-of-Life misconception issues in my weekly parish bulletin, correct?
87 361 0.37% How do I explain to my Presbyterian friend why we pray to Mary and its biblical basis?
88 360 0.36% Can you answer some questions from a Baptist who knows nothing about your faith but is interested?
89 360 0.36% Are the Greek and Russian Orthodox, Catholics; and if so, can I fulfill my Sunday obligation there?
90 358 0.36% Was I confused about what we believe about the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth?
91 357 0.36% Can you tell me the Church's current position on the appearances of Our Lady at Medjugorje?
(Updated Answer Coming.)
92 356 0.36% Would you please explain transubstantiation and how Christ is present in the Eucharist?
93 348 0.35% How do you interpret 'until' in Matthew and does this verse imply Joseph and Mary were intimate?
94 343 0.35% Since I was never grounded in the faith, can you educate me on how the Catholic side thinks?
95 343 0.35% Does Mary's special grace of pre-emptive salvation contradict her free will and, if so, . . .?
96 337 0.34% Can you help me defend why we observe Sunday as the Sabbath and show me its biblical basis?
97 328 0.33% Is there a specific name for a house a Catholic priest lives in, possibly attached to a Church?
98 320 0.32% Does the Church condon the worship of Mary and how does the Church view Marian apparitions?
99 319 0.32% Can you defend the Church's interpretation of John 20:19-23 on confessing your sins to a priest?
100 300 0.30% Is consuming the consecrated Host (the Eucharist) permissible for one who is a vegetarian?
  101 295 0.30% Can you provide a reasonable explanation why my Protestant husband cannot receive Holy Communion in our Church?
102 282 0.29% If the Incarnation was dependent upon Mary's free will, wouldn't it have nullified the omniscience of God?
103 281 0.28% As one who works in a Seventh Day Adventist hospital, can you help me defend my Catholic faith?
104 272 0.28% Does a dowry go back in Catholic history and is this where we acquire the bride's parents paying?
105 267 0.27% Where are the biblical references and Church teachings for the Communion of Saints?
106 253 0.26% Can you help me find the website of a Catholic parish from a town (Pekin, Illinois) I used to live in?
107 251 0.25% How do I reply if they ask, "If you eat the Body and Blood of Jesus, wouldn't that be cannibalism"?
108 244 0.25% What Popes convened/closed Vatican II and is there anything significant about the prior (5) Popes?
109 239 0.24% According to the Pope, is the Catholic Church the One, True religion and where does it say this in the Catechism?
110 236 0.24% Do you have advice for a Protestant interested in learning more about the Church and conversion?
111 236 0.24% Why does the Church put so much emphasis on Mary (and her co-redeeming) instead of on Jesus?
112 233 0.24% Does the "Dungeons and Dragons" fantasy (RPG) role-playing game have satanic origins?
113 231 0.23% Can you help me explain the Virgin Birth of Jesus and how Joseph and Mary had no children?
114 229 0.23% How can Catholics evangelize Muslims and was Muhammad lying or really revealing something?
115 227 0.23% If we want to be faithful on the topic of contraception, does that mean we should practice NFP?
116 226 0.23% What is the official mission statement of the Catholic Church?
117 223 0.23% Why do Catholics have all this ritual, where do they get it all, and is it biblical?
118 219 0.22% What apologetics can you give me to reply to someone who believes all religions hold some truth?
119 216 0.22% If the Christian has the Holy Spirit to guide him, why are priests needed to interpret the Bible?
120 215 0.22% Why do we need a Savior and what do we need to be saved from?
121 215 0.22% Are you opposed to the Tridentine or Ordo Mass and is attending a Tridentine Mass a breach of law?
122 211 0.21% If ignorance or the goodness of people is enough, why waste time sending out missionaries?
123 210 0.21% How were the differences resolved between the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic Church?
124 208 0.21% How do I explain these verses to show, he needs to work out his salvation with fear and trembling?
125 206 0.21% Is the marriage of a baptized Protestant and Catholic in a Protestant church without a priest valid?
  126 200 0.20% How can I get a birthday congratulations letter from His Holiness for my mother's 90th birthday?
127 200 0.20% Can you comment on this documentary: — The Young Age of the Earth — by Alpha productions?
128 199 0.20% What was the relationship between (James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas) to Our Lord, Jesus?
129 197 0.20% What is the actual meaning of Matthew 19:9 and what is the actual Greek in this passage?
130 194 0.20% How can the merits of the Saints, or the living, help a penitent appropriately restore their soul?
131 192 0.19% Can you tell me what's going on with all this return to Trent and where my friend is coming from?
132 191 0.19% Do you know of any good resources that deal with Modern Science and the Catholic Faith?
133 187 0.19% Can you help me find info on the validity of Vatican II and the validity of the Mass after Vatican II?
134 186 0.19% If I had an abortion before Confirmation, will I be forgiven; and was the Catholic Church the first?
135 183 0.19% What part of the Mass can the priest insert his own words and are those drops in the wine needed?
136 182 0.18% If a priest is saying the Mass and skips the Consecration part, is the Mass still valid?
137 179 0.18% What is your view on Kennedy distributing Communion to members of his family with a priest?
138 175 0.18% Can you help with these accusations against the Church by my voice teacher, a former Catholic?
139 172 0.17% Would you please explain Revelation 13?
140 170 0.17% Can I receive the Eucharist, though we have had a child out of wedlock and are living together?
141 166 0.17% Where can I examine the findings of the Church's investigation into the authenticity of proclaimed miracles?
142 161 0.16% Do the rubrics allow a priest to sit down during Holy Communion while Lay Ministers distribute the Eucharist?
143 160 0.16% Can you enlighten me and how do I rebut these phony claims that Jesus had brothers and sisters?
144 157 0.16% Can anyone give me the OK to receive the Eucharist without a formal reception into the Church?
145 153 0.15% What should I do if both my bishop and pastor see Adoration in conflict with Church theology?
146 148 0.15% Can you help us to move beyond our ignorance and understand the Catholic Church objectively?
147 146 0.15% Can you explain what the Church did so wrong during the Inquisition so I can clarify this issue?
149 142 0.14% What do you think of second graders receiving their First Communion before their First Penance?
150 140 Tied: 0.14%

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