Q: My dear cousin has confided in me that she has terminal cancer, but she hasn't told her family. A: The fundamental moral belief about illness is that such knowledge conveyed by a doctor belongs to the patient and to no one else.
Here's a smattering of out-of-the ordinary questions from readers: Q: What are the qualifications to marry people? A: I had to register my credentials as a rabbi with the state some 30 years ago.
Q: What's your opinion about recent statements by Pope Francis imploring married couples to have children or they will be bitter and lonely in old age?
Q: I'm an avid reader and fan of your column and follow it in our local paper, the Patriot-News. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, and still feel strongly connected to that belief system, which is why I haven't converted to Catholicism.
Q: I have a job where I'm exposed to much sadness. While I was at Mass recently, I started to wonder if the prayers I say each day really do any good.
Q: I notice that organized religion is aimed at families and married couples. I'm in my 50s and have had several serious relationships but they've all fallen apart before marriage.