Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER & POLL: Sign of Peace at Mass. Not good. What to do?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, I notice that at daily mass or where the mass is sparsely attended parishioners will wave to each other from across the church.
Is there a better way to handle this situation?
Sure there is!  How about not do … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: The washing of altar linens

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My mother is an Extraordinary Minister of Communion and has to wash the altar linen used during the various Masses. Out of curiosity, and preventing possible sacrilege, what is the best and most respectful way to wash corporals … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Prayers for putting on cassock, surplice

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
While vesting for Mass, a member of the clergy (at least in the EF; the priests I know do it for OF too) will say a set of prayers as he is putting the different vestments on. As … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Criticizing a priest’s homilies

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, our parish priest is a good man, well versed in Scripture, in the encyclicals. He is also charismatic.
However, his preaching is dreadful. He uses the homily as an opportunity to teach and goes on far too long. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to support a friend’s vocation to the priesthood

From a reader:
Father, I have a close friend who has been as close as a brother to me who is discerning the priesthood. I think he would make a wonderful priest or even religious brother. What steps can I take … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Newly wedded couple kissing during wedding Mass?

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
Do you think it is appropriate for a newly wed couple to share a kiss at their wedding mass? If so, the only place in the Ordinary Form I can think of it happening is at the very … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Excommunication after abortion and absolution

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When I was very far away from the Church in apostasy, I asked a girl to take emergency contraception (not sure if she was pregnant). I knew that this was an excommunicable act, but I persisted because I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dispensation for the 4th of July?

From a reader…
The Fourth of July is on a Friday this year. I’ve been told that there used to be a dispensation from the requirement to abstain from meat on a Friday 4th. Is that true?
It would be easy to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Use of the word “Catholic” in a title

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am planning on doing a web series on YouTube about the Faith. It is my understanding that the Catechism would forbid my using the name “Catholic” as part of the title of this series. If so, is “Christian” … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Convert ponders consequences of parents’ invalid marriage.

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I’m a convert to Catholicism, with a Lutheran mother and baptized and confirmed Catholic father. My dad fell away from the Church after college, as he married outside of the Church and all us children were nominally Lutheran. … Continue reading

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