Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Should I say “Amen” if the priest is making up prayers?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When I attend Mass in the Ordinary Form, the priest sometimes illicitly modifies the texts or even makes up his own prayers. Is it sinful for me to silently pray along with the priest or to answer “amen”? Does … Continue reading

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Beware of scams and fraud

This morning I had several calls from someone (clearly from India) purporting to be from “technical support”, who started asked stupidly invasive questions. Friends, legitimate tech support for your products does NOT call you out of the blue and tell you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is divorce never an option?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I hope you are doing well! First, I want to thank you for your blog. Your writings have been very educational and inspirational. I’m hoping you might share your thoughts on an example that came up during a discussion … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Q&A instead of homily

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, Is it permissible for a priest to instead of giving a homily at a Sunday Mass, “Open up that time to the congregation for a Q&A on any topics they would like to discuss?” I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Maximized” priest returns to duties after marriage and divorce

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Maximized priest returning to priestly duties Our new parochial vicar (NO parish) is a priest who was married, divorced, and is now “returning to priestly duty.” What exactly does this mean? Can he licitly confect the Eucharist? Can … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Was it right to leave a “Mass” with a string of serious abuses?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for your Priesthood! I have a question about the validity of a Mass. My mother was in town for Mother’s Day and we went to Mass on Sunday (Novus Ordo). I am far from … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing of olive oil and incense

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello Father, I would like to start occasionally using incense at home for my private devotions as well as lighting a couple oil vigil lamps by icons hanging on my walls. Do you have any blessings … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Obligations and Daily Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: For those in the lay apostolate that committed to go to daily Mass: is it better to go to a daily Mass full of violations of rubrics that maybe even exhibits a different understanding of what the Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do we violate obligations to territorial parish by attending Mass elsewhere?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My family and I are members of the territorial parish that we live near, attend Mass regularly there, and are involved in social events in the parish as well. On occasion, however, we attend Mass at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Going to another diocese of First Communion and Confirmation

From a reader… My wife and I live in the Diocese of ___ and are devotees of the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass. Unfortunately, there are no viable EF Masses available in the Diocese on a regular basis, so we … Continue reading

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