Discord Q&A: Are sins not forgiven until you go to confession?

New Question from our Discord Community Channel: Are sins not forgiven until you go to Confession? which in a lot of ways is also the question “Is Confession necessary for the forgiveness of sin?” Below you can watch a video answering the question, or read my written response.

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Discord Q&A: “Birth Control” as Health Care

As Minister to college students, who stay up way too late, I sometimes wake up to questions from our Discord Channel about the faith that definitely shouldn’t be addressed before the first cup of coffee. On the blog I’ll share some of those questions (anonymously) and my slightly edited answers.

QUESTION: If I were to take birth control to stop painful periods, and I am gay (not having sex) is that still intrinsically evil?

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Discord Q &A: Cain and Abel

Our Discord channel is our own little Areopagus where students come to ask questions “We wish to know therefor what these things mean?” regarding matters of faith. From time to time, I publish here their questions with my slightly edited and expanded answers.

QUESTION: Abel was the first person to die in the Bible, so I need to know does anyone else think it might be reasonable to assume that Cain didn’t know Able would die?

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Discord Q&A: Excommunicated Time Travelers

So our Catholic Campus Ministry Community at UNC-Asheville is pretty active on our Discord Channel and one of the favorite activities is the late night questions that I, David the campus minister, get to wake up to. Here on the blog, I’ll start sharing some of those questions, anonymously, and my slightly expanded and edited answers.

I am anything but infallible, and a lot of my answers are extrapolations from Church teaching. If you know of specific Church teachings that contradict my answers, or have a different interpretation of Church teaching, I’m always open to considerate and compassionate disagreement.

QUESTION: If I go back in time and get excommunicated for something stupid—Like if I said slavery was a moral issue and we need to fight against it [as two Capuchins had been excommunicated for doing so in Havanna in 1681]—and then back to the present. Am I still excommunicated?

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