Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

Request to readers: towel rack… yes… you read that right…

If I had to build a church or restructure one, there are some traditional things that I would be sure to include in the sacristy.
I would make sure there are adequately deep drawers and closets for vestments, a vault, a sacrarium, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Friday fish and chips cooked in beef fat? POLL: “meatless Fridays”

POLL BELOW!
This is a repost of a by now classic here from a few years ago.  It is still useful (and fun).
From a reader:
I was watching TV last night & on the program they were talking about fish & chips … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Lent and the ol’ aligator on Friday dilemma!

I have posted on this in the past, but repetita iuvant as we say in Latin.
ORIGINAL:
Someone sent me a copy of a letter written by the Archbishop of New Orleans to a member of his flock about eating alligator during Lent. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to respond when homosexuals tell you they’re “married”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our comings and goings in civil society are going to be getting markedly more and more difficult, especially as “gay marriage” becomes legal in state after state, and as “transgendered” people are being allowed to have their bodies … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Children and ashes

From a reader:
Are children of any age able to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday or is First Communion/Confirmation required first? My son is almost 2.
Yes, children of any age can receive ashes.  That’s up to you parents and, I suppose, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can I smoke marijuana?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I enjoy smoking marijuana from time to time (about once a week). I’m trying to be a better Catholic and was wondering if I absolutely have to give this up? To put it into context, when I get … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Isn’t the priest supposed to genuflect after the elevation?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Has the rubric requiring priests to genuflect after showing the Eucharistic Species to the people been altered? Did someone get an indult or something so that bowing is now legitimate? I wonder because at our local parish the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Things are bad in the liberal Catholic Church. Can I become Orthodox?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’ve tried for many years to stay in the church but simply things get worse here, with the impositions of liberal catholics and bishops who prefer a round of applause rather than defend our faith. I have to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When the ‘sign of peace’ is forced on you

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My husband and I were at a local novus ordo this past Sunday because of weather and illness we were not able to travel to our regular EF Mass.
During the sign of peace we keep our hands folded … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do I sin if I don’t stand while the tabernacle is open?

From a reader:
Today at mass, our priest told the congregation that the archbishop wanted to emphasize that the people should remain standing after communion until the tabernacle is closed. This is to emphasize the unity of the people. If I … Continue reading

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