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ASK FATHER: Corruption, sodomy, drugs, infidelity… How can we trust anything from Rome? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

UPDATE: Feedback from a reader… In a recent post, you respond to a question about the distress that is caused by the latest homosexual scandal in the Vatican. You pointed out that the enemy will attack, “in particular,” those who have influence over … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can an Eastern Catholic priest confirm a Latin Catholic

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it licit for a child who has received the sacraments of baptism and first communion in the Western Rite to receive the sacrament of confirmation from an Eastern Rite priest? Canon 696 of the Code of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a priest with little Latin say Mass validly?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My Latin is not great will an ordinary form mass I celebrate in Latin be valid? Sure, Father, it would be valid. Language is a tricky thing.  There are almost always gaps in our comprehension of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Won’t go to Mass celebrated by a married priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What advice can one give to a person who will not go to Mass celebrated by married priest? GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson There is nothing in canon law or theology that prevents people from … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Patriotic songs at Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Fr. Martin recently wrote an article about how patriotic songs should not be sung during mass. His argument is essentially that most national hymns address the nation rather than God. In all honesty, I think he … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Holding hands or the “orans” position during the Our Father. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Over at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) there is a question today about hold hands during the Our Father.  As you might guess they reference liberals who are probably unreliable.  What say you?  Is hand … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to support a seminarian assigned to our parish?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our parish has received a terrific seminarian this summer. He comes from a great background and his older brother is a priest so he seems to have a strong support at home. My question is how … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why are “ad orientem” and Communion on the tongue preferable?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am a convert to the faith 27 years ago and was just recently ordained a permanent Deacon. I am curios as to why celebrating the mass ad orientum and reception on the tongue exclusively are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could a “Pope Emeritus” under 80 vote in a Conclave?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Canonically speaking, if a Pope emeritus were alive at the time of the conclave to elect his successor’s successor, given he was a Cardinal and Pontiff, may he vote if he were under 80 years old? … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Overhearing someone else’s confession and revealing what you heard

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently went to confession in one of those open style baroque confessionals. Afterwards, I found someone directly outside the confessional (where she would have heard what was said by both parties). I confronted her about … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Quasi-parish” priests

From a reader comes a messy question, which a Guest Priest will answer… QUAERITUR: Our “Quasi-parish”, due to rotation of clergy, has a new priest. His first outward change was to get the candles off the floor in front of … Continue reading

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Wherein another reader does indeed “throw in the towel”

From a reader: In light of your rather depressed email correspondent [HERE], I want to share a more uplifting story. […] I have again become a Roamin’ Catholic. After decades as a “Novus Ordo Catholic,” I have thrown in the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sunday obligation and sick child at home

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have read that caring for the sick (i.e. children) lifts the Sunday Obligation to hear Holy Mass. Does caring for a sick child lift it for the entire day, or would parents be required to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When do traditional Catholics throw in the towel?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have been engaged in a deep theological and spiritual crisis for 10 years now, struggling to remain Catholic or finally cross the Bosphorus and convert to Orthodoxy. [pffffft] It seems that with every passing day, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must a Latin Church Catholic going to an Eastern Church still obey Latin laws?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is a Latin Rite Catholic who is married to an Eastern Rite Catholic, has Eastern Rite children, attends an Eastern Rite parish, but has not been canonically transferred still obliged to follow the precepts of the Latin Rite (Holy … Continue reading

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