Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Emergency Baptism “in utero”

From a reader…
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Recently, a baby in Texas was temporarily removed from her mother’s womb for life saving spine surgery. After the 20 minute surgery, the baby was returned to the womb, and was born healthy several months later. (Truly a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A prayer for protection while traveling

From a reader…
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I ride a Vespa PX150 around town as it’s quick and cheap to run. When I start the scooter each time I recite the Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria while the engine is warming. Then … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should we pray for “Servants of God”?

From a reader…
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We pray with our Necrologium every night during Compline and we have many “Servants of God” along with “Venerables” and “Blesseds” among the dead of our Congregation.
I was wondering, do we pray for their souls?
Servants of God are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Marriage licenses with “Spouse 1” and “Spouse 2”

From a Protestant clergyman reader…
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Thank you for your blog. Your courage and clarity motivate me. I am a Protestant clergy and am struggling with whether or not I should even morally be signing marriage licenses anymore. I had my first … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Scheduling a specific Mass for a profession: IT professionals

From a reader…
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How do you go about scheduling a specific Mass for a profession? I am a member of a new group called Saint Isidore’s Guild, a professional apostolate of programmers and other IT professionals under the patronage of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Firearms at Mass, laity and priests – UPDATED

In the wake of the recent horrible Texas church massacre, I now have several email conversations going on – with laity and clergy – about having a concealed firearm in church.
This is an issue which needs sober assessment by everyone, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The usual requirements for gaining indulgences

From a reader…
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Do all indulgenced works (eg visiting the Bl Sacrament for 30 mins) carry with them the three usual requirements (Communion, Confession & prayer for the Pope’s intentions)?
In the Norms for gaining indulgences in the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum we read … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How much “work” on Sunday?

From a reader…
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I know we are to abstain from unnecessary servile (manual) labor on Sundays. How strict should we be with discerning whether the labor is “necessary” or not? For example, can mere convenience justify a small amount of light … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to “pray for the Pope’s intentions” if I don’t like them or him?

From a reader…
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With the pope not being what I would call a friend to the traditional mass, my wife has asked how do we pray for his intentions? Can we as lay people be critical of the pope? Where is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priests don’t say daily Mass in the parish

From a reader…
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Is it the case that any Masses that a parish priest says, other than on a Sunday, are “private Masses” and, therefore, it is entirely up to him whether or not he says them?
This is the line taken … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass obligation and falling asleep during Mass

From a reader…
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This morning at Mass (All Saints), as I held a sleeping toddler and fought fatigue myself, I recalled the Holy Father’s recent words (echoing St. Therese of Lisieux) about not being too upset about falling asleep during prayer … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Too much Precious Blood consecrated. Who should consume?

From a seminarian…
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First and foremost I have to thank you immensely for this blog, which has greatly helped me and some of my brothers from our Seminary down here in Brazil (where stuff like those on Fishwrap are rather commonplace … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a Permanent Deacon perform a Baptism according to the Old Rite?

From a permanent deacon…
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Can a Permanent Deacon perform a Baptism according to the Old Rite? I would be using the booklet entitled “Baptism” published by Angelus Press.
My old pastor, the late Msgr. Richard Schuler, used to tell a story about … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Irreverent priest at a funeral Mass.

From an upset reader…
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I went to a funeral Mass and the priest was not reverent of the person who passed. He rapped his knuckles on the coffin numerous times. He paraphrased the readings and the consecration. He reprimanded a lady … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Catholic alternatives to Boy Scouts, now that they’ve gone crazy

From a reader…
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Are there good Catholic alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America, now that they have put the final nail in their own coffin by deciding to admit girls?
What a huge disappointment this is.  I was a Boy Scout … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Latin for 4 year olds

Now that some of the technical stuff has been updated, let’s get back at it.
From a reader…
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I’m wondering if either you and/or your readership know of any good resources to start teaching Classical Latin to a 4 y/o? My nephew … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost?

From a reader…
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My brother and I were having a discussion about the use of
the terms ‘Holy Ghost’ vs ‘Holy Spirit’. We both attend the
traditional Latin Mas, and are interested to know the origin of why ‘Spiritu Sancto’ is often translated … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Latin misspelling? “eundem” or “eumdem”?

From a reader…
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Father, I recently saw “eundem” in a misallette. My missal uses “eumdem.” I was wondering if these are different cases of the same word (like German den/dem) or if they are just different spellings of the word (or … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Assistant priest wonders what to do if pastor won’t speak to adulterous couples who receive Communion.

From a priest…
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Here is a question which perhaps you could answer for those of us who are parochial vicars.
What should we do if people regularly present themselves for communion who are married outside the Church?  Ordinarily, we have the very … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must the priest wear the cassock to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader…
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Is the cassock required for a priest to wear a cassock under his vestments when celebrating the Extraordinary Form Mass?
I did not think so, and I know other priests who celebrate the 1962 Mass without it, but I was … Continue reading

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