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ASK FATHER: Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My brother and I were having a discussion about the use of the terms ‘Holy Ghost’ vs ‘Holy Spirit’. We both attend the traditional Latin Mas, and are interested to know the origin of why ‘Spiritu … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Latin misspelling? “eundem” or “eumdem”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I recently saw “eundem” in a misallette. My missal uses “eumdem.” I was wondering if these are different cases of the same word (like German den/dem) or if they are just different spellings of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Assistant priest wonders what to do if pastor won’t speak to adulterous couples who receive Communion.

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Here is a question which perhaps you could answer for those of us who are parochial vicars. What should we do if people regularly present themselves for communion who are married outside the Church?  Ordinarily, we … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must the priest wear the cassock to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is the cassock required for a priest to wear a cassock under his vestments when celebrating the Extraordinary Form Mass? I did not think so, and I know other priests who celebrate the 1962 Mass without it, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What is a “privileged altar”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve occasionally seen high altars inscribed with the phrase, “altare privilegiatum.” 1) What does (did?) this mean and how did an altar become privileged? 2) Does this still apply today? Sometimes you will find in older … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Considering moving to a Ukrainian Catholic Parish

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attend a NO parish and am considering moving to a Ukrainian Catholic Parish for a variety of reasons but mainly because I am attracted to the Divine Liturgy and the beautiful traditions they have held … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In what scenario would you give Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried?

QUAERITUR: You wrote in a recent post, “Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried (which in 99.99% of cases would be sacrilege).” Can you tell me what scenario would permit your conscience to give communion to the remarried? I can … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 155: Latin Forms of Absolution, Vetus and Novus Ordo

From a priest…. QUAERITUR: Fr. Z, Grace and peace. Do you have an audio pronunciation of the absolution prayer (1962) or know of a link? Thanks for the question. Here is a brief PODCAzT, which can also be a PRAYERCAzT, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest uses the Common Preface on a Solemnity

From a reader… What do you think of a priest who by reason of not able to find the Preface of Christ the King uses the the Common Preface instead in a mass for the Solemnity of Christ the King? … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How early can seminarians start learning to say Traditional Latin Mass

From a seminarian… QUAERITUR: I recently read your post encouraging priests to learn the TLM. It made me think, how early should a seminarian begin to learn it? Would it be jumping the gun for someone in 1st Theology to … Continue reading

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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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