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August 2014
Ask a Franciscan
CNS PHOTO/LISA JOHNSTON, ST. LOUIS REVIEW Is That Baptism Valid?
A recent discussion surfaced two questions about Baptisms in the Anglican or Episcopal Church. Does the Catholic Church recognize them as valid? If someone baptized there later decides to join the Catholic Church, would that individual be baptized again?
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Do Children Have Religious Liberty?
After reading your answer about religious freedom in the digital edition of last month’s column, a friend and I discussed when a child is considered to have religious freedom. He said a child always has it. But as a parent, I wonder if this is true. Does my 8-year-old daughter have the right to choose how she wants to practice or not practice her faith? Her older siblings have not yet raised this issue. My husband and I are puzzled about what to do.
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Confessing to a Priest
My adult children do not believe in confessing to a priest. They say that they can simply talk to God and be truly sorry just like people in other religions. Also, they say that Catholics are not the only ones going to heaven, and those other people do not confess their sins to a priest.

Any suggestions for discussing this with them?

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Two Questions about Jesus
The apostle Judas is identified in the Gospels as the person who identified Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. If all those who went to arrest him already knew what Jesus looked like, why was a betrayer needed?

Also, if Jesus had already died on the cross, how could water and blood come out from him when a soldier pierced him with a lance? Dead people do not bleed. And where did that water come from anyway?

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