Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Lied to the priest. Is our marriage valid?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Many years ago when my wife and I got married we were not serious Catholics. We cohabitated before we were married, and I think we even may have lied to the priest about it but I’m not sure. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass in the living room

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our parish priest has agreed to say mass in our home living room. How should we set up furniture wise to accommodate this? Thank you.
If your manor house has a chapel, as in Brideshead Revisited, it is appropriate to have the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dealing with “blessings” from Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

From a reader…
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At Mass yesterday, I saw an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion dispensing “blessings” for those in line who have not yet received their First Communion or were choosing simply to come up for a blessing. As my wife … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father says that rubrics are only suggestions

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am a member of a consultative body for our parish. During a lively (for lack of a less-positive term) discussion at a recent meeting we were told by our pastor that the GIRM is, in essence, a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession and absolution via text message? Phone? VOIP?

A question pops up once in a while and I have dealt with it before.  Can you be absolved over the phone or by internet?  NO.  That would be INVALID.
I was alerted to this post at the site of Fox … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Stole-less confession. Okay?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Does a priest have to wear a stole during confession? I surprised a priest and asked for confession and he did without a stole.
No, a priest does not have to wear a stole.
The stole is a powerful symbol of … Continue reading

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Request to readers: towel rack… yes… you read that right…

If I had to build a church or restructure one, there are some traditional things that I would be sure to include in the sacristy.
I would make sure there are adequately deep drawers and closets for vestments, a vault, a sacrarium, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Friday fish and chips cooked in beef fat? POLL: “meatless Fridays”

POLL BELOW!
This is a repost of a by now classic here from a few years ago.  It is still useful (and fun).
From a reader:
I was watching TV last night & on the program they were talking about fish & chips … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Lent and the ol’ aligator on Friday dilemma!

I have posted on this in the past, but repetita iuvant as we say in Latin.
ORIGINAL:
Someone sent me a copy of a letter written by the Archbishop of New Orleans to a member of his flock about eating alligator during Lent. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to respond when homosexuals tell you they’re “married”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our comings and goings in civil society are going to be getting markedly more and more difficult, especially as “gay marriage” becomes legal in state after state, and as “transgendered” people are being allowed to have their bodies … Continue reading

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