Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Why do traditional Catholic “white wash” Halloween?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It surprises me how popular it’s becoming among traditional Catholics to “white wash” Halloween. It’s certainly not traditional! The 3 days of this time have always represented a trilogy –Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory. A time to reflect on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Bless or exorcize new home?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m a long time reader of your blog and thank you for your ministry. My wife and I are in the final stages of purchasing our first house. When we went to see the house the first … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants: Our worship, therefore our identity, needs orthotics.

I receive this from a reader…  I thought you might be interested in this; it at least is new to me. In Waterbury, Connecticut this morning, I came across this version of “Now Thank We All Our God” in WLP’s … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: An old priest gets confused, hard to understand

From a reader… Our parish has a mass that is served by an increasingly elderly and frail priest. His physical limitations are what they are. The concern that he needs prompting through the entire mass, not just the daily changes, but including prayers … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is a priest allowed to do the readings, or must a lay person do them?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: On occassion the Lector or Reader is a no-show for Mass and Father will say “We’ll just wait for someone to come do the readings.” At the Sat. evening vigil Mass many of us are older and I, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the bishop forbid the cassock?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I am trying to find an answer to the question of whether a bishop can prohibit a priest from wearing the cassock. Below is the pertinent section from the Directory for the Ministry and Life of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why are good priests so afraid of “stirring the pot”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: This past weekend my family and I attended Mass at a neighboring parish, which had for many years been considered very liberal. We were informed that a new pastor had been appointed in the course of the last year … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Man regularly takes Hosts home from Mass

From a reader… Last week I saw one of our parishioners take the host back to his pew. I mentioned this to the visiting priest after Mass and he said to talk directly to the person involved — but he’d left before … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The priest said: “I give you the absolution …”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Reverend Father, If a priest in the confessional says “I give you the absolution in the name of the Father and the Song and the Holy Spirit” Is the absolution valid since he did not say … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do I have to confess everything if people might overhear?

From a reader… Hi Fr. X: [I’m sorry.  Fr. X is not available right now.  May I be of help?] I have a question for an Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist. [You’ve come to the right place.] I think I read someone … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Publications to help Lutherans come into the Church in 2017?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was raised Lutheran and most of my family (4 siblings) still are (one sibling has gone Evangelical). I pray daily for the conversion of all my siblings and their families to the Holy Catholic Church … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Of brewing beer, beery prayers, and blessings

From a reader… I recently took up homebrewing as a hobby. Are there any traditional prayers, say from monastic brewers, that I can pray while I enjoy my new hobby? I’m reminded of the old chestnut about whether it is … Continue reading

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PRAYERCAzT: What does the Latin Exorcism really sound like? FOR PRIESTS ONLY

UPDATE: From a priest reader: I have been a priest of the archdiocese for 32 years and I am a good friend and co-worker in exorcism and deliverance ministry with….  Demons frequently mock and ridicule poor pronunciation of Latin when they … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father says Mass without a chasuble, only a stole over the alb

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It is my pastor’s practice to wear only the alb and stole when he says Mass on weekdays. I find this very distracting and irreverent. Is a priest required to wear a chasuble when saying Mass? … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Will all be saved?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is there a reasonable hope that all souls will be saved since it is a part of our liturgy? No.  That is not reasonable.  It is wishful thinking. Many will be lost. The feel good of … Continue reading

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