The apologetics staff has devised this list to help you increase your chances that your question will be answered by an apologist.
DO read the Ask an Apologist (AAA) forum rules above to enhance your chances of having your questions answered.
DO use SEARCH first to see if the question you have has already been answered. Use the search engine on the bar labeled “Threads in Forum.” The search engine is labeled “Search this Forum.” Enter a key word to find out if your question has already been answered by an apologist.
DON’T ask a question that has already been asked.
DO create a title for your post that is in the form of a question. For example:
Original title: “Maiden names”
Better title: “Must a woman change her maiden name to her husband’s name?”
DO make your question easy to read and understand. Please RE-read it for clarity.
DO use font enhancements sparingly and only in cases of true need (e.g., to emphasize a point, you may use italics). Excess font enhancement commands make your post difficult to read and difficult to edit. Posts that are difficult to read will be deleted.
DO make your question brief.
DON’T include opinions, preaching, or unnecessary details. For example:
Original question: “I’m so disappointed that my daughter has left the Church for an Episcopalian church and am worried she is going to hell. She has always been headstrong and this is just another example. Maybe I could have raised her better. Anyway, she and her Episcopalian fiancé have never been married before and are now marrying in their church. I really don’t want to attend the wedding but think I should. Can I go?”
Revision: “My daughter has left the Church to become an Episcopalian and is now marrying another Episcopalian in their church. Neither has been married before. Can I go?”
DON’T ask, "Could you please review the following web site (book, article) and tell me if it is OK?”
DO say, "I found this statement (quote statement) at the following (name web site, book, article). Is it consistent with Church teaching?”
DO ask questions that can be answered objectively.
DON’T ask questions asking for a subjective opinion, such as speculation about public figures, political or ecclesial.
DON’T ask if something is a sin for you or for another person. (The conditions necessary for a sin to be mortal have been answered numerous times already on the forum.)
DO ask if a particular action is morally permissible.
DO submit only one question at a time. If, after five business days have passed, you have not received an answer, your question has been deleted. Take it to the general forums for a response by participants or contact Catholic Answers directly.
DON’T submit questions asking why your questions were not answered.
DO ask questions with wide appeal.
DON’T ask highly personal questions, especially those that are of a sexual nature. (Instead, call our office and ask to speak to an apologist. The phone number is 619-387-7200.)
DO be aware that your question may be edited, sometimes substantially. If you have asked more than one question, only one question may be answered.
DO remember that the apologists are answering questions in such a way as so that they will be helpful to as wide an audience as possible. That means that some of what is included in an answer may not apply to you in particular but is included in the hopes that it will be helpful to the general audience.
DO check this thread on a regular basis. Sometimes it will be updated with new information that you can use to better formulate your questions.
The apologetics and moderation staff thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation!