Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s “Confessions”?

On this glorious feast of St. Augustine, allow me to repost an answer to a question I get fairly often and answer off the blog: QUAERITUR: What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions? It depends a little on who … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Recitation of Office completely silently? Prepare, Fathers, to wince!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have seen a tendency for people who have a duty to say the Office attempt to satisfy their obligation without mouthing the words with air passing through the lips. Has the liturgical law changed? I’m … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 1965 Missal at Fontgombault

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I read this over at Tradinews [in French… my trans]: When the Abbey of Fontgombault and the communities that were founded from it took up again the celebration of the traditional liturgy, they obtained permission from the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Heavy-handed priest imposes quirky personal whims on TLM

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I kindly ask your opinion (and perhaps advice) on the following matter of great importance to our local TLM community. The rector of the church (who sometimes celebrates the EF for us, but we are not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacon consumed unconsecrated Hosts which dropped to the floor

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At Mass on the Assumption, the lady carrying the hosts for the offertory was unable to carry the container level (appeared to have Parkinson’s and was shaking) and dropped several on the floor. The deacon noticed, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion for organist after Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When leaving Church I noticed a deacon (not the deacon of the Mass) giving the Eucharist to the organist after the Mass had ended (up in the choir loft). There is singing or playing any time … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest plugged Novus Ordo things into a TLM

From a reader… This past weekend I attended a TLM, let’s just say in New England, where a a couple odd things occurred. 1) The priest came out to the lecturn and read the standard NO “Prayers of the People”. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could it be a sin to attend a Novus Ordo Mass if you think the TLM is superior?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: If a lay person is presented with the option to attend either a Novus Ordo Mass or a Traditional Latin Mass, and, in turn, (a) believes that the TLM is more substantively and consistently reverent to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Penance given in confession was too vague

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In line with your recent ASK FATHER postings on Confession, I have a question about vague penance given in Confession. We attend the local TLM and it is difficult to make it to Confession because the lines are always … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Show tune priest sings Eucharistic Prayer

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My pastor (who likes to sing) sings from the beginning of the Canon to the end of the Consecration. It’s not a Gregorian sound, more like something from Les Miserables Broadway play. Is this a legitimate thing to do … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: During confession can a priest require a criminal to turn herself in?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: EWTN is reporting that the Australian government is trying to make priests mandatory reporters for child abuse, by requiring them to report what they hear in confession. While this is, obviously, a direct assault on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest took ill at homily, another priest took over

First, I must remind readers that, to ask a question – ASK FATHER Question Box – please use the ASK FATHER contact form in the top menu.  Don’t just send questions, even if you have some prior email contact with … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can I go with my children to SSPX Masses twice a month?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Lets cut to the chase my soul is torn. I asked the Blessed Mother to save my children and give them Catholic friends (they know NONE right now) I have lived my whole life without knowing … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Not adding water to chalices for Mass

CLICK TO BUY From a reader… QUAERITUR: Like many other parishes, we have communion under both species. However, the deacon only adds a water to the chalice that the priest is consecrating. He does not add water to the other … Continue reading

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REQUEST TO READERS: Good books for new fathers to be

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, my wife and I are expecting our first child, and I wondered if you could recommend any good, solid books for new Catholic fathers please? Congratulations! Good question. I’ll open this to the readership. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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