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ASK FATHER: Catholic betrothal rite, ceremony

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Have you ever heard of “betrothal ceremonies” in the Roman Rite prior to entering into marriage? Asking for a friend…
Once upon a time the notion of “betrothal” was far more rooted in both secular and religious consciousness (often … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Extraordinary Form marriage vows but Ordinary Form Mass

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
A devout Catholic couple would like to get married using the EF vows (in English), but would like to have an Ordinary Form Latin Mass.  Could I do their vows in the EF outside of Mass, and then … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: New adult convert son still with non-Catholic parents is pressured against the Faith

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QUAERITUR:
Fr. Z, my daughter’s boyfriend became Catholic last night; she was his sponsor. His parents are protestant and go to Church on TV. This morning they told him if he didn’t watch the preacher with them that they … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Effect of Sacrament of Anointing in someone in mortal sin

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If a hospital patient that is able to confess still gets the sacrament of the sick does it just forgive venial sins or mortal ones too?
First, let’s be clear about something.   The sacrament of anointing is not to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Absolution at jail through glass, phone in visitor’s room

From a priest…
QUAERITUR: 
I’m a priest who occasionally gets asked to hear confessions in a jail where the only way to speak to a person is through glass and a telephone headset. Without using the phone, one can barely hear the other talking through … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing objects through plastic wrapper, box, etc.

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QUAERITUR:
Today I asked a priest to bless a green scapular. I had the package open for it to be taken out, but to my surprise the priest left it inside the plastic packaging, sprinkling the holy water on the outside.
Can the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass without proper gear? Pusillanimous stingy ignorant pride.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
can you have catholic mass without candles
The THE GENERAL INSTRUCTION OF THE ROMAN MISSAL – says the following
307. The candles, which are required at every liturgical service out of reverence and on account of the festivity of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Multiple priests for baptism of more than one child

From a priest:
I have a multiple child Baptism coming up. My question is if one priest can supply all the various ceremonies and multiple priests celebrate the Baptism proper for the various children in the older Rituale?
Hmmm… no, not really.  … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What are the Four Catholic Creeds?

From a reader…
What are the Four Catholic Creeds, and why don’t we use the most recent one in Mass?
Good question.  Let’s start with some basics, which many readers might not know.
Our English word “creed” is from Old English creda, in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are “butt baptisms” valid?

From a priest…
QUAERTUR:
Are partial immersion baptisms valid?
Where the baby is dipped up to the waist 3x, with valid words of baptism spoken.
Here’s the deal.
The “proximate matter” of baptism is ablution. This means physical contact of the water and the person’s body. The … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: USCCB urges Catholics to call officials about DACA. If I don’t, do I sin?

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QUAERITUR:
As you are probably aware, the USCCB has declared this Monday, February 26 to be a call-in day for DACA, and is urging Catholics to call their congressmen in support of the DREAMERs. On some other Catholic sites people have started … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest forbids a deacon to wear a dalmatic

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QUAERITUR:
Can the priest celebrant of Mass tell a deacon tell a deacon to not wear a dalmatic at Mass? Some people think it best that a deacon wear a dalmatic for a higher degree of solemnity but not on common … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why can lay people read at Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My family goes to EF Masses on Sundays most of the time, but Novus Ordo once
a month.
My 3-year-old son asked me a question which I have no answer. He asked, “Why is the reading done by people but … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When should babies be baptized?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
This subject comes up constantly in Catholic mom groups online. I would love your take on it.
Canon 867 §1. Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few weeks; as soon as possible … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could a diocesan priest choose to say only the TLM?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Could a diocesan priest decide that he will only celebrate the TLM? Is he allowed to do so? What could a bishop do if he disagrees with the priest?
First, a diocesan priest could decide to say only the TLM.  … Continue reading

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