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  1. What version of the bible does the Catholic Church use? I recently started attending mass and I keep thinking of the bible but I don’t have one. I also don’t like to read so this is new.

    FATHER JOE: New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)

  2. May I ask a new question? I asked a couple of years ago but never got a response— oh, our new technologies! No blame, here goes: my associate pastor at the last parish I was in, (affiliated closely with the Notre Dame University families), answered my query concerning pre-marital intercourse with my fiancé, as “…between you and Christ.” I know the teachings from Holy Mother Church on this subject. My fiancé is in the RCIA class at our new parish since we moved to a new city. I go with him. Our new pastor is very busy, but at the last class I told him my need for a spiritual advisor. I would appreciate your input on this subject. Tony (my fiancé) and I are so poor, we live together to avoid literally living on the streets. We each have debilitating illnesses as well and shore each other up. Thank you for your input, Father Joe and God bless you for your sharing on your blog.

    In Christ, Robin

    FATHER JOE: While cohabitation is generally frowned upon by the Church, I can certainly appreciate that urgent economic situations might throw couples together. Nevertheless, the Church would ask couples to refrain from sexual intimacy until they are married. I suspect that what the priest was trying to say was that the Lord understands our situations, and that life is often a messy business. We should thus do the best we can, trust in Christ’s mercy and work to resolve any stumbling blocks to our faithful discipleship.

  3. Does one need to go to Confession before receiving the sacrament of the sick?

    FATHER JOE: If possible, but if a person is unconscious or on machines the priest may presume sorrow for sin and give absolution.

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