Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Lethal force against homosexual aggression in seminary?

From a reader….
QUAERITUR:
Is it morally permissible for one to use lethal force in stopping a predator in a situation of abuse (i.e. in a seminary or elsewhere)?
In my opinion, yes.
Given that homosexual aggression can be also horrifically violent, you do not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Your questions weigh heavily

Upon our birth not a single one of us was promised a bed of roses.  Upon our baptism and admission to the other sacraments, not a single one of us was promised an easy path.
We regularly call this earthly life … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “I now have doubt about sorting the doctrinal from the papal opinion.” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
All this confusion with the death penalty has caused me to doubt the authority of what I assumed were books of bedrock Catholic Doctrine.
Of course there was the first JPII Catechism, then his revision, both of which I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Invalidly married niece coming to visit with husband. What to do?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
First, great blog, thanks for all your hard work and sharing your insights and knowledge!
Second, I have a question for you re: my niece and her new husband. I’ll be as brief and organized as I can.

My niece … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy – “Young priests would like to know more…”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, thanks for your recent posts on praying for our clergy. They really need it, whether they’re fighting the good fight or serving the enemy, and in the case of the latter, it’s more use to pray than … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Now platonic homosexual couple: one wants to enter Church. The priest says….

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A priest I spoke to said that I could not get confirmed or enter the Catholic Church (I was baptised in an evangelical church) as I am living with my same sex partner of 10 years. The relationship … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: If something is in the Catechism, do I have to give in, believe it even though it is different from what the Catechism taught before?

I am getting questions from lots people about Pope Francis’ move to change the Church’s doctrine concerning capital punishment.
QUAERITUR:
If this is in the Catechism, do I have to give in and believe it even though this is different from what … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Extraordinary Ministers and blessings at Communion time

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am a laywoman recently hired by my archdiocese as a sacristan. In this role I am frequently pressed into service as an extraordinary minister. Last Sunday, as I distributed Communion, a young woman approached with her arms … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Proper Form of Address for Former Cardinal McCarrick

From a reader…
Following the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, I have noted various articles that refer to him now as Mr McCarrick.
It occurs to me to wonder what the correct style would be in these circumstances … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Using the traditional Breviarium Romanum: whole or just some?

From a seminarian:
I am a seminarian for ___ and have recently begun reciting the Divine Office using the traditional breviary. Some other seminarians and I are now wondering if a priest is still only bound to recite 5 of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing for a Wheelchair, Stretcher, or Ambulance

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
 What formula would be appropriate for blessing a power wheelchair?
Wow!  That’s an easy one.
First, you can always use the Blessing “ad omnia“.    But we can do better than that.
With a slight twist I reach for my handy copy … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptism of child of a same-sex couple?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In my diocese and in others there has been a general conclusion that it is fine to baptized the child of a homosexual couple, so long as it is done in private, you let the parents know you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Cremains in funeral Mass, Traditional Requiem

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for all that you do and say, on this blog and beyond. Here is my question:
Since cremation is permitted, what would be the ritual for cremains if the funeral mass were an EF Requiem?
To my mind, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mom baptized my child in the bathtub

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My five year old nephew, who wasn’t formally baptized as an infant (ie: with his parents’ permission, in a church, by a priest, etc). My mom baptized him in the bathtub (and didn’t tell anyone except me) and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should a priest have a day off?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have worked for the Catholic church for over 30 years in various capacities. I taught Religion and worked as a Parish Secretary, as I do now. I have worked for some pretty fabulous “Old School” priests who … Continue reading

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