Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

23 October: Bp. Egan of @PortsmouthRC calls for Masses of Reparation

When His Lordship the Right Reverend Philip Egan was installed as Bishop of Portsmouth in England, I was in London.  I fondly recall watching a live stream of the event with not-yet-Fr  James Bradley of the Ordinariate in digs at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: ” I feel that my Faith is just being torn apart”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Given with the view of the Holy Father regarding Mary thru this remarks, how should we read between the lines in this statement of the Holy Father? I’m confused.
Yet I am more terrified of what’s happening with the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Official Latin of Fatima Rosary Prayer

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Is there an official Latin version of the Oratio Fatimae? I have seen different ones online and a fair amount of ambivalence about which to use. Keeping with St Thomas More, it seems to me that a prayer … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is “Amoris laetitia” really translated “The Exuberance of Lust”?

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I read in a couple obscure places that the literal translation of Amoris Laetitia (which was originally in Latin) is something along the lines of “the Exuberance of Lust”, based on common usage of the Latin words. Is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I struggle with despair at the future of the Church.

From a reader…
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I am blessed to attend a beautiful Extraordinary Form Mass each Sunday, offered by devout, orthodox priests. I go to confession regularly and make every effort to lead a good Christian life.
Yet, I struggle with despair at the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Liturgical idiots

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 I was hoping to find your observations about the Sunday collect this week. What sense of meaning is one to make of the collect for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time which is given us in the Novus … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why did Father skip blessing children at Communion?

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A priest blessing young children at mass, is it something that they should do? Is there a reason they would skip over a child? We had a homily today about the importance of blessing children and then our … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Convert -“Should I do as my fellow Romans do?”

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I am a recent convert to the Church from a Continuing Anglican Church.
I was a 45 year Anglo-Catholic.
I make what I consider to be the appropriate Signing and obeisances during the Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, Benedictus qui venit, Elevations, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Referring to God as both “genders”

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QUAERITUR:
Is it proper to refer to God by using the pronouns he/she? They argue God is both genders… heretical?
GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson
The current zeitgeist (and what a geist it is) seems to indicate that folks have … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Intentions of the Holy Father, indulgences and you

Today is the 1st Sunday of October and therefore we have the chance to gain the indulgence attached to the Supplication to Our Lady of Pompeii.  More on that HERE.
Several people have written to me recently to ask about one … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sacraments and time travel

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I remember your posts about Space travel and Catholicism, but I’ve been wondering: what about time travel and our obligations? Specifically, what if someone were to be transported to a time before Christ and outside of Judaic influence? If the time-traveller … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Am I excommunicated for desecrating the Eucharist?

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I have something in mind that has been troubling me. In my past, there has been an incidence where I dropped a host while receiving communion (I used to receive by hand, I no longer do), I may … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is a Communion plate or paten a “sacred vessel”?

From a reader…
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Greetings in Christ. I hope this finds you well.
A good, holy, traditional priest in my home diocese has recently claimed in conversation that the Communion-plate is in fact a sacred vessel, hence why they have handles–the servers are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Adding water to Holy Water

What are priests for?
Short answer: They offer sacrifice.
The role of the priest is to confect the Eucharist, absolve sins, impart blessings, preside at all manner of approved rites.   The jocular Scriptural basis for this is, of course, “For God so … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If in letters Benedict XVI imparts still the Apostolic Blessing…

Debates about the true status of Benedict XVI could root the stuff of novels.
There are those who say that Benedict XVI is still really Pope.  There are different reasons given.  One is that his abdication was under duress and is, … Continue reading

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