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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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ASK FATHER: Three questions from a sinner who wants to come home.

From a reader…
QUAERUNTUR:
I have been gone from the Church for about 10 years, and I am just starting the journey of coming home; I am a disgusting sinful mess…
I have 3 questions [I usually take one at a time, but this … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptized Greek Orthodox but left

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was baptized Greek Orthodox but left the church for 10 years. I so want to return. Can I just start going again?
This is unclear.  Do you mean that you want to return to the Greek Orthodox Church? If so, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can lectors still bless bread?

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QUAERITUR:
We have lector and acolyte installations today and tomorrow here at the seminary. Some of us got into a debate about whether or not the old provision for lectors to bless bread and acolytes to bless fruit and … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Voice Mail or ¡Hagan lío! & ASK FATHER: Date of Easter in Holy Land

I get interesting voice mail. Remember, I don’t call back, but I listen to it.

To the lady in S. Texas: By all means write to Card. Müller! If they determine that it is a matter for the Congregation for Divine … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Getting rid” of Hosts

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am an instituted acolyte in a parish that does not properly understand the office. This past Holy Thursday, I served at Mass. My girlfriend and I arrived early to help the “liturgical director” in the sacristy. She … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Maniple and zucchetto in the Novus Ordo

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QUAERITUR:
Can Priests in the USA use the maniple in a N.O. Mass? Same question regarding the use of a black Zucchetto?
The maniple?
Yes, priests can use the maniple during Holy Mass according to the Novus Ordo, the Ordinary Form.  There … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Valid marriage in hospital room?

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QUAERITUR:
My wife and I were married in my father-in-law’s hospital room. He was dying of stomach cancer and we wanted him to witness our marriage. We had planned on holding the ceremony in the chapel of the Catholic … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Continuously adding tap water to Holy Water

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QUAERITUR:
I recently discovered that a Sacristan at the NO parish I attend is filling the Holy Water tank with water taken from the public washroom tap…no priest is blessing this. The Holy Water in this tank is used to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Inviting children to stand around the altar? Fail!

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QUAERITUR:
My wife and I have been taking our young children to “children’s Masses” in our diocese for several years, [WHY?!?] and it has become common at every church we have attended (including the cathedral) at Sunday Mass for … Continue reading

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