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Advice to new priests in first assignments who suffer under liberal pastors. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

In June and into July, many newly ordained priests have reported to their first assignment as associate or assistant (as my old pastor used to say, “The first three letters are the same”).   These days we hear often the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is it a sin to laugh or joke when in need of confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it grave matter to laugh or joke when in need of Confession? (That is, when one has committed mortal sin and intends to go to Confession at the next opportunity.) Aristotle points out that man … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Last prayer at the point of death

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Forgive the morbid nature of my query, but with the nature of the world today (and the mindset of an undertaker) a question has been on my mind. If one were to know death was imminent, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Future spouse doesn’t want kids to attend Novus Ordo, but I do.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am engaged to a girl who was raised attending a SSPX chapel her entire life. We will be married by a diocesan priest in the traditional form. She is unsure whether she can receive communion … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I have no one to ask to be godparent for my baby.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a baby due in a few weeks and it is, of course, my responsibility to baptize him promptly in the Catholic Church . I have attended the required class and paid the fee at my parish; … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to have ‘ad orientem’ Mass in a gymnasium church?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: We currently have a gymnasium-like church, with a wooden table for an altar. We have no high altar behind it. How would we face east and Cdl. Sarah suggests for Advent if we don’t? First, I hope … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to “reclaim” my property for the Lord after a Hindu procession goes by?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for all of the amazing information you share with us each day on your website. I have learned so much in the past 6 months. I have a question that I would like your … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: It seems like the Catholic Church is disappearing!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I the better part of 60 years old and have been concerned for a number of years that the Roman Catholic Church is literally disappearing. With the last article I read, I’m fairly certain it’s gone. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Calling the Host “bread”, the Precious Blood “wine”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our liturgy folks tape little sticky notes on the floor where the army of EMHC are to stand at communion time at Mass. There are red sticky notes with W1, W2, W3, etc. indicating “Wine” and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Would using birth control to delay children invalidate marriage?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would the use of birth control to delay children for a time invalidate marriage? Likewise, would the intention to divorce IF the spouse committed adultery invalidate the marriage? Two questions… I normally don’t take twofers, but I’ll make … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a Catholic help children with dyslexia through a Masonic organization?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I have a parishioner who wants to help children with dyslexia and has found an opportunity with the Children’s Dyslexia Center in ___. It is affiliated with the Scottish Rite Freemasons. My parishioner wants to know … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When Holy Days of Obligation… aren’t

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When a holy day such as the Assumption or All Saints Day falls on a Saturday or Monday and we are not required to attend mass, are the usual restrictions on work also lifted? Yes. When … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptized Catholic but never practiced: do marriage laws apply?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have two younger brothers who are close in age and who were both baptized Catholic as babies. Very early in their life, when they were around 1 and 3 years old respectively, our mom left the church … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hard choices about a priest and a parish

From a reader… Father, my heart aches over this. Having heard you speak and read your blog over the years, I believe you can guide me with wisdom, charity, and moderation. We have attended a TLM parish for over ten … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a nun give a homily?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a serious question. Should a nun w or wo a habit (I got wo habit of course) be allowed to give a homily by the priest who just got done reading the Gospel. I was under … Continue reading

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