Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: What can we do to get these men into seminary?

From a reader: I am a Youth Minister at a parish and have probably a dozen young men (age 12-19) who are discerning calls to the priesthood and are interested in seminary. I have young priests at the parish, but they are reluctant … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What’s so difficult about learning to say the Traditional Latin Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Maybe this question is too broad, but here goes: What is so difficult about saying/learning the EF? My pastor recently mentioned that he simply does not have time to learn the EF well enough to say it himself (he … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Resources to explain Collects in parish bulletin.

From a deacon: Let me begin by thanking you for your vocation and ministry. You have been a tremendous resource over these past few years, especially as I was in formation. The main reason I am emailing your today in light of a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: To make or not to make responses in the Traditional Latin Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Question: I have heard it said that during the Latin Rite Mass [Be careful with your terms.  “Latin Rite Mass” also means Novus Ordo.] the laity should NOT be heard in their responses. I really have no … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is the TLM / Usus Antiquior dead? Forever stuck in 1962?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In thinking about Benedict XVI’s teaching on the liturgy it wondered me if the TLM/Usus antiquior is a dead liturgy per se? If liturgy ought to grow (be reformed?) *organically* (as opposed to post-Vatican II “reform”), is the Tridentine … Continue reading

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READER REQUEST: Help to start attending the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I are interested in learning the Latin Mass so we can attend one here in Nashville. Is there a video or a book we could purchase that starts from scratch? Great blog – … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can’t get “Liturgy of the Hours” in Latin – Wherein Fr. Z RANTS

From a seminarian… QUAERITUR: I am a seminarian for ___, and I have been looking for a 4 Vol. Latin Breviary [Liturgia Horarum] … I emailed the Libreria Editrice Vaticana and received this response: Dear Mr. __, I’m sorry to inform … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: EMHC’s at a Communion rail

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a lay person who is commissioned as an EMHC distribute Holy Communion to communicants kneeling at a Communion rail under the Novus Ordo? Allow me to remind the readership of the 1997 document which ought to frame every questions … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a Pope name his own successor?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: If a Pope wanted to ensure that the next holder of his office would be of like mind and continue his policies, is there any moral or theological impediment to his naming his own successor before his death? Interesting … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Civil divorce but stay together as married couple?

From a reader: I (think) I have a tough question (“hagan lío”?): Can a man and a woman, who validly embraced the Sacrament of Marriage 10 years ago and who STILL WANT to carry on living as husband and wife … Continue reading

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What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s “Confessions”?

On this glorious feast of St. Augustine, allow me to repost an answer to a question I get fairly often and answer off the blog: QUAERITUR: What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions? It depends a little on who … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Recitation of Office completely silently? Prepare, Fathers, to wince!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have seen a tendency for people who have a duty to say the Office attempt to satisfy their obligation without mouthing the words with air passing through the lips. Has the liturgical law changed? I’m … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 1965 Missal at Fontgombault

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I read this over at Tradinews [in French… my trans]: When the Abbey of Fontgombault and the communities that were founded from it took up again the celebration of the traditional liturgy, they obtained permission from the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Heavy-handed priest imposes quirky personal whims on TLM

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I kindly ask your opinion (and perhaps advice) on the following matter of great importance to our local TLM community. The rector of the church (who sometimes celebrates the EF for us, but we are not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacon consumed unconsecrated Hosts which dropped to the floor

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At Mass on the Assumption, the lady carrying the hosts for the offertory was unable to carry the container level (appeared to have Parkinson’s and was shaking) and dropped several on the floor. The deacon noticed, … Continue reading

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