Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Is a chasuble really necessary for Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’ve been to Mass (Novus Ordo) in my college chapel where the priest did not wear the chasuble, but just an alb and a stole. Is that permissible? Are there guidelines for the priest on how to properly vest for Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Text for 1st Blessing by a new priest (… same as blessing by an old priest)

QUAERITUR:
Every year this comes up.  I get questions about the Latin form of blessing to be given by new priests.
There is no need to throw in all sorts of other ingredients as if those to be blessed were lined up … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Name of bishop during Mass on a ship

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Which bishop, if any at all, do priests pray for during the Canon of the Mass if a ship is at sea? Would it be the bishop whose diocese is closest? Would it be the bishop whose diocese … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: My son’s best friend is Presbyterian

From a reader…
My son asked me about his best friend a Presbyterian when I told him in response to his question that Presbyterians do not have confession do they not receive forgiveness for their sins do they have all the time.
I told … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is divorce a sin? Should I confront priest who said it isn’t?

From a reader…
A local, newly Ordained, Priest has told my wife that it is NOT a sin to divorce me so long as she does not remarry. I believe that it is a sin to divorce since there is no … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “We don’t go to Mass to adore Jesus…”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Last summer I heard a bishop say, “We don’t go to Mass to adore Jesus…” (I was too shocked to hear why we do go.) Last week, my own priest in his homily, said something to the effect … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is saying “God bless you!” a blessing?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was just at a “seminar” that took place in a catholic church this past weekend and I knew right away that I was in the wrong place (thus the lower case c) when the parish priest introduced … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Eastern Catholic Priest or Deacon as Deacon for Traditional Latin Mass?

From an Eastern Deacon…
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Can an Eastern Catholic Priest or Deacon serve as Deacon for the Latin Mass?
Why… YES!
As a matter of fact, I have dealt with this before, concerning the Eastern Subdeacon, but the law applies to priests and deacons.
Perhaps … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can non-Catholics go to confession?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My mother is a non-Catholic who sometimes attends mass with me (a convert). She has considered entering the Church (her mother–as a side note–became a Catholic in her late 80’s, with me as her sponsor.) A good friend of mine, who … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sanation of Protestant marriage without dispensation

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you Father for your great blog! Are there situations where it would be appropriate to get a marriage regularised as a natural marriage even though there is a possibility it could be sacramental? I ask this as … Continue reading

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