Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Extraordinary Ministers and blessings at Communion time

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am a laywoman recently hired by my archdiocese as a sacristan. In this role I am frequently pressed into service as an extraordinary minister. Last Sunday, as I distributed Communion, a young woman approached with her arms … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Proper Form of Address for Former Cardinal McCarrick

From a reader…
Following the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, I have noted various articles that refer to him now as Mr McCarrick.
It occurs to me to wonder what the correct style would be in these circumstances … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Using the traditional Breviarium Romanum: whole or just some?

From a seminarian:
I am a seminarian for ___ and have recently begun reciting the Divine Office using the traditional breviary. Some other seminarians and I are now wondering if a priest is still only bound to recite 5 of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing for a Wheelchair, Stretcher, or Ambulance

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
 What formula would be appropriate for blessing a power wheelchair?
Wow!  That’s an easy one.
First, you can always use the Blessing “ad omnia“.    But we can do better than that.
With a slight twist I reach for my handy copy … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptism of child of a same-sex couple?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In my diocese and in others there has been a general conclusion that it is fine to baptized the child of a homosexual couple, so long as it is done in private, you let the parents know you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Cremains in funeral Mass, Traditional Requiem

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for all that you do and say, on this blog and beyond. Here is my question:
Since cremation is permitted, what would be the ritual for cremains if the funeral mass were an EF Requiem?
To my mind, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mom baptized my child in the bathtub

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My five year old nephew, who wasn’t formally baptized as an infant (ie: with his parents’ permission, in a church, by a priest, etc). My mom baptized him in the bathtub (and didn’t tell anyone except me) and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should a priest have a day off?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have worked for the Catholic church for over 30 years in various capacities. I taught Religion and worked as a Parish Secretary, as I do now. I have worked for some pretty fabulous “Old School” priests who … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: It’s getting hard to find suitable godparents

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for your blog and work. I have frequently found it informative and encouraging.
My wife and I, God willing, expect our third child shortly, but have been in difficulty over selecting suitable godparents.
A married relative would seem … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could an invalidly ordained priest, be validly consecrated bishop?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Would an invalidly ordained priest who became a bishop be able to validly ordain a priest? If one of Bella Dodd’s 1000+ Communist, homosexual and apostate seminarians were ordained, who rose to the rank of bishop, would any … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m I obliged to give money for Peter’s Pence?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
To what extent are we as Catholics obligated to provide donations to Peter’s Pence? Can we abstain out of principle while still donating to our local parish/diocese and other charitable endeavors?
You are not obliged to provide donations to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: annulment of a same-sex “marriage”?

From a reader, wondering about the veracity of the following…
DICITUR:
“Current Catholic canon law requires that if someone remarried in a heterosexual marriage seeks confirmation/baptism having previously been in a legally recognized same-sex marriage, they need an annulment of the same-sex … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest tells woman not to wear veil at Mass

From a reader…
A woman was told by her priest to NOT wear her veil to Mass. It was blessed and so she didn’t know if she was required by obedience to not wear it, or since because it was blessed … Continue reading

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A reminder about the Apostolic Pardon given by a priest to the dying

Two recent email exchanges brought up the importance of the Apostolic Pardon (AP).  It is also sometimes called the Apostolic Blessing.
The AP is a special indulgence given by a priest to a person who is dying which remits all temporal … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Humidifiers filled with Holy Water

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I saw a meme today to the effect of:
Humidifiers fill air with water molecules from a source of water. If that source of water was Holy Water, would it essentially cleanse the room of all evil?
GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: … Continue reading

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