ASK FATHER: “Dear Fr. Z, why do bad things happen?”

Posted June 5, 2016 6:51 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

From a reader… no… readers… no… many readers, all the time!
In summary…
“Fr Z, why does X [X = bad thing] continue to happen in my [FILL IN BLANK]?”
Many questions come in with the formula or some variation
“Dear Fr. Z, our priest (or bishop, or deacon, or whomever) did [FiLL IN BLANK]. Why?”
Evil is a mystery.
The old Catholic Encyclopedia, helpfully reprinted on the New Advent website, says that evil “is what ought not to exist. Nevertheless, there is no department of human life in which its presence is not felt; and the discrepancy between what is and what ought to be

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