Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Can we cook with or drink Holy Water?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is it a sin to drink/use to cook/use for other purposes BLESSED WATER A/O SALT?
No, it is not a sin!  On the contrary.  Blessed salt and bless water are meant, among other purposes, also for consumption.  There is a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why should a Protestant convert and join the Catholic Church?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Why should a Protestant like me convert and join the Catholic church, given the current corruption that appears to reach all the way to the top?
(This is not an idle question. I was ready to call a priest and learn more, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Recourse to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Recently, our stable group of roughly 50 people took the extraordinary step of asking our bishop for a regular celebration of the EF, having already spoken to the pastor of the parish. He responded in the negative. How do we go … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion, kneeling on the tongue

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I regularly receive Holy Communion kneeling (on the floor) at my OF-only parish. My pastor has asked me a few times not to do that, though not forcefully – he’s never unkind about it or actually telling me to stop (rather … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Training classes on Sundays

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I need to take various training courses (ie: first aid, CPR and AED training, as well as Suicide Intervention training, etc) to meet the qualifications for more gainful employment. It used to be they would hire you and pay for and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: My priest doesn’t carry the “emergency phone”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
What’s the deal with priests carrying their emergency cellphone on them? [Hmmm… I don’t know what the deal is!] I was disturbed to learn that our priest doesn’t keep it with him. When I asked him about it … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Absolution from a heretical priest and then going to Communion

From a reader…
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Today I went to confession during Sunday Mass at my parish (Novus Ordo, run by a religious order) [Why do I smell trouble?], and even though the priest (not the parish priest) said “I absolve you”, I also … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could the Church make “communal services” the norm for the Sacrament of Penance?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father,
In John 20:22-24, it says “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could Latin be suppressed? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

In a post yesterday, I wrote about the possibility that, before too long, the TLM might wind up being the “last Mass standing”. Why? Demographics are burning quickly and the present day hierarchy has only thrown more accelerant on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “I am doubting that the current Catholic Church is the Church it has always claimed to be”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, Please pray for me as I go through some deep doubts. Additionally, I would appreciate it if you can shed some light on
them: I have complete confidence in the veracity of the claims that the Church used to make, but … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Some say Advent is not a penitential season.

From a reader…
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I’m reaching out because I’m doing a bunch of research on Advent. I have been reading a number of things on Advent and about living liturgically in general and I’m trying to get a few things straight that I’m not totally … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If I am in the state of mortal sin, is there any point in praying?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for the good work you do through this blog. I check it once or twice daily, because I always look forward to your insightful and incisive commentary.
May I ask: If I am in a state of mortal sin … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Properly blessed” devotional objects

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QUAERITUR:
What does it mean for an article of devotion to be “properly blessed” as stated in the Enchiridion of Indulgences? Many of our sacramentals have been blessed by priests or deacons, and two by bishops (my daughter’s crucifix … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What is All Souls Mass “with a Catafalque”?

First of all, don’t forget to get those indulgences!  HERE
Today is the Commemoration of All Souls, meaning, our liturgical remembrance of those souls now in the purifying state of Purgatory.
Prayer for the dead is a work of mercy.  You can help … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: TLM workshops for U.S. diocesan priests with no EF Mass experience and marginal Latin?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I spoke with our parish priest today and he is open to attending a Latin Mass Workshop. Will you please recommend a workshop(s) for a young, U.S. diocesan priest with no EF Mass experience and marginal latin background? … Continue reading

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