Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

HUGE Fr. Z kudos to a reader who wrote to bishops about the important Apostolic Pardon

I have on occasion written about the important Apostolic Pardon or also Blessing, to be imparted to a person who is close to death.
The Apostolic Pardon imparts to a person who is properly disposed, please God through the last sacraments, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “My 4 year old insists on praying in Latin.” Latin resources for young children?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for the delightful and edifying omnibus that is your blog. It is my understanding that Pope St. John XXIII or his delegate created a syllabus of works to be read when studying Latin. Do you have … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest Mumbles Words of Absolution. Fr. Z says: FATHERS! Stop being JACKASSES and do it right!

FATHERS!  This fellow’s note gives another example of why we priests must must must be careful and precise when giving absolution to penitents.
Use the prescribed form of absolution in Latin or appropriate vernacular language and say the essential words in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion twice in a day. But is Communion under both species already twice?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have a question about the number of times Holy Communion May be received in a day. And I know the answer sort of.
The question is, if you may receive twice in the same day within the context … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Catholic betrothal rite, ceremony

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Have you ever heard of “betrothal ceremonies” in the Roman Rite prior to entering into marriage? Asking for a friend…
Once upon a time the notion of “betrothal” was far more rooted in both secular and religious consciousness (often … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Extraordinary Form marriage vows but Ordinary Form Mass

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
A devout Catholic couple would like to get married using the EF vows (in English), but would like to have an Ordinary Form Latin Mass.  Could I do their vows in the EF outside of Mass, and then … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: New adult convert son still with non-Catholic parents is pressured against the Faith

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Fr. Z, my daughter’s boyfriend became Catholic last night; she was his sponsor. His parents are protestant and go to Church on TV. This morning they told him if he didn’t watch the preacher with them that they … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Effect of Sacrament of Anointing in someone in mortal sin

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If a hospital patient that is able to confess still gets the sacrament of the sick does it just forgive venial sins or mortal ones too?
First, let’s be clear about something.   The sacrament of anointing is not to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Absolution at jail through glass, phone in visitor’s room

From a priest…
QUAERITUR: 
I’m a priest who occasionally gets asked to hear confessions in a jail where the only way to speak to a person is through glass and a telephone headset. Without using the phone, one can barely hear the other talking through … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing objects through plastic wrapper, box, etc.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Today I asked a priest to bless a green scapular. I had the package open for it to be taken out, but to my surprise the priest left it inside the plastic packaging, sprinkling the holy water on the outside.
Can the … Continue reading

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