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Anonymous wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am teenager—ish and I am a Catholic. My dad is not Catholic, but my mom is.

They both share custody of me every other week. I go to church with my mom every Sunday that she has custody of me, but my dad is not a Catholic, or any religion, so I never get to go to church every other week. It's confusing.

Anyway, since my dad thinks that church and religion is a waste of time, I say a Rosary every Sunday that I am at my dad's house.

  • Is this good enough?


  { Where there is shared custody between my parents, is saying a Rosary for my father enough? }

Paul replied:

Dear Anonymous,

I applaud your perseverance is this difficult situation in life that you did not ask for.

I'm sorry you have to live this kind of double life that so many minors have to today because of the plague of divorce and fornication. To answer your question, you could consider it good enough on those Sundays if you have no reasonable way of attending Mass.

  • Might you have access to a car on those Sundays if you are of driving age, and might it not cause that much friction with your father if you slip out for an hour to attend a Mass near his home?

God bless you and your efforts to remain faithful.


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