Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Dressing for weekday Masses

From a reader… For Sundays and holy days, I always wear suit and tie (Sunday best!). One priest made a rule that all the guys at church had to wear a tie, so I followed. Aside from dressing immodestly, does it matter what … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Eucharist carried into space for astronaut on the ISS. Self-communication?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’d be interested to know your thoughts from the liturgical side. Does this amount to self communicating?  I’ve never heard of this before and assume perhaps a first(Jesus first time in space since you know, creating … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dying man hasn’t asked for sacraments. Can he be anointed?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: We have a question and prayer need for a man dying of cancer. He is a remarried Catholic without an annulment who doesn’t receive Communion. Not sure if he attends Mass. His daughter-in-law’s pastor said he … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Date for 2nd marriage set at parish before Tribunal decision

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My in laws divorced one year ago. My father in law is remarrying one month from now. He filed the annulment paperwork late last year and was told by the deacon handling it that it would … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If Orthodox schismatics can receive Communion, why not divorced and remarried (adulterers)?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: “Amoris Latitia” contains the footnote [351] stating those living in irregular unions can be admitted to holy communion in some circumstances; the idea being that they may be in the state of grace, despite how (objectively) they … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does the Risen Christ still suffer?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: We hear often in prayers and reflections before confession that we crucify Christ whenever we commit mortal sins. My question is: does Christ, being resurrected and in heaven, still suffer? Big question. Without a doubt, tambourines … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: My unconscious aunt died after being anointed: was she forgiven? (Wherein Fr. Z also rants.)

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My aunt recently passed away two major strokes. After her second, my uncle, an openly declared agnostic, asked me if she should have a priest. I replied in the affirmative, and the hospital had a priest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: #ConsecratedWidows – ACTION ITEM!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Easter blessings Father! God has given me the gift of widowhood and I feel He is calling me to offer it back to Him as a dedicated or consecrated widow. Is there and current progress in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sex and Latin typos in papal document

While some wags have been saying that the Latin title of the upcoming (tomorrow, as I write) Apostolic Exhortation – Amoris laetitia – means “The Joy of Sex” or perhaps “The Pleasure of Lust” (and it can, if you don’t have … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing weapons

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As a Catholic and a practitioner of the 2nd Amendment, I was wondering if or there are blessings for firearms. The priests in my local parish strike me as a bit squeamish when it comes to firearms, so … Continue reading

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