Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Getting “paid” to go to confession and “selfies” with confessor

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My youth minister has been offering “S.P.Y.S Points” (basically, points that add up to a discount for events like NCYC and Steubenville Conferences) if we go to Confession and take a “selfie” with our confessor. First of all, would getting paid … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Relics, consecrated altars, and liceity of Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
It recently came up in conversation that a consecrated altar should have a relic on it, or perhaps built into it. A friend insisted that the Mass would be illicit (but not invalid) without such a relic present. My question is: … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession before conversion

From a reader…
I just read through your “ASK FATHER: Can non-Catholics go to confession?” post. For me, as a convert who was validly Baptized outside the Church, and because I had a horrific first Confession experience, it begs the question of when those … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to obtain a traditional parish?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
What, if anything, can I do to bring about the establishment of an FSSP led parish in my community? The parishes in my county are all post-Vatican II. Can one person do anything? Thank you!
Only a bishop can … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Validity of schismatic priests’ ordination

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was wondering if the ordinations of priests and bishops in schismatic and or sedevacantist groups valid? They would be such priests like “Fr.” Anthony Cekeda and “pope” Michael and groups like the Congregation of Mary, Immaculate Queen, etc. Also, are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Annulment after an SSPX wedding

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I understand the position of the Church is the SSPX has no jurisdiction.  However, I just recently became aware of a friend from college who was “married” in front of a SSPX Priest (without permission or jurisdiction), and yet, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can I attend an invalid SSPX wedding?

From a reader…
ok — so I get that according to cannon law, since sspx marriages are not “canonically approved’, they are not valid. My God- daughter, and my CLOSEST friend’s daughter is getting married in the fall by an sspx priest. She is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Electric, battery powered … candles?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Dear Father, We have, on occasion, attended Mass at a Novus Ordo parish when we cannot get to the distant Latin Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in our area. We were shocked to see young girl altar servers … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Viewing of bodies in church in front of Blessed Sacrament

From a reader…
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I was wondering on how the practice of having viewings before a funeral Mass in Church began? It seems that this practice is becoming more and more common. It seems to me that church viewings are inappropriate because of all of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m dying and I want for my funeral…

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am dying and planning my funeral. I like the formulations in the old Latin funeral more than in the Novus Ordo. Can English translations of the old mass be substituted for parts of the new Mass?
The provisions of Summorum … Continue reading

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