Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Is the TLM / Usus Antiquior dead? Forever stuck in 1962?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In thinking about Benedict XVI’s teaching on the liturgy it wondered me if the TLM/Usus antiquior is a dead liturgy per se? If liturgy ought to grow (be reformed?) *organically* (as opposed to post-Vatican II “reform”), is the Tridentine mass now … Continue reading

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READER REQUEST: Help to start attending the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My wife and I are interested in learning the Latin Mass so we can attend one here in Nashville. Is there a video or a book we could purchase that starts from scratch?
Great blog – keep up the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can’t get “Liturgy of the Hours” in Latin – Wherein Fr. Z RANTS

From a seminarian…
QUAERITUR:
I am a seminarian for ___, and I have been looking for a 4 Vol. Latin Breviary [Liturgia Horarum] … I emailed the Libreria Editrice Vaticana and received this response:
Dear Mr. __,
I’m sorry to inform you that all the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: EMHC’s at a Communion rail

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can a lay person who is commissioned as an EMHC distribute Holy Communion to communicants kneeling at a Communion rail under the Novus Ordo?
Allow me to remind the readership of the 1997 document which ought to frame every questions concerning “Extraordinary Ministers … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a Pope name his own successor?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If a Pope wanted to ensure that the next holder of his office would be of like mind and continue his policies, is there any moral or theological impediment to his naming his own successor before his death?
Interesting theoretical question.  I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Civil divorce but stay together as married couple?

From a reader:
I (think) I have a tough question (“hagan lío”?):
Can a man and a woman, who validly embraced the Sacrament of Marriage 10 years ago and who STILL WANT to carry on living as husband and wife their indissoluble … Continue reading

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What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s “Confessions”?

On this glorious feast of St. Augustine, allow me to repost an answer to a question I get fairly often and answer off the blog:
QUAERITUR:
What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions?
It depends a little on who you are and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Recitation of Office completely silently? Prepare, Fathers, to wince!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have seen a tendency for people who have a duty to say the Office attempt to satisfy their obligation without mouthing the words with air passing through the lips. Has the liturgical law changed? I’m pressure sure … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 1965 Missal at Fontgombault

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I read this over at Tradinews [in French… my trans]:
When the Abbey of Fontgombault and the communities that were founded from it took up again the celebration of the traditional liturgy, they obtained permission from the Commission “Ecclesia Dei” … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Heavy-handed priest imposes quirky personal whims on TLM

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:

I kindly ask your opinion (and perhaps advice) on the following matter of great importance to our local TLM community.

The rector of the church (who sometimes celebrates the EF for us, but we are not a personal parish) … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacon consumed unconsecrated Hosts which dropped to the floor

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
At Mass on the Assumption, the lady carrying the hosts for the offertory was unable to carry the container level (appeared to have Parkinson’s and was shaking) and dropped several on the floor. The deacon noticed, and picked … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion for organist after Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When leaving Church I noticed a deacon (not the deacon of the Mass) giving the Eucharist to the organist after the Mass had ended (up in the choir loft). There is singing or playing any time the priest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest plugged Novus Ordo things into a TLM

From a reader…
This past weekend I attended a TLM, let’s just say in New England, where a a couple odd things occurred.
1) The priest came out to the lecturn and read the standard NO “Prayers of the People”. I was … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could it be a sin to attend a Novus Ordo Mass if you think the TLM is superior?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If a lay person is presented with the option to attend either a Novus Ordo Mass or a Traditional Latin Mass, and, in turn,
(a) believes that the TLM is more substantively and consistently reverent to God, and
(b) faces … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Penance given in confession was too vague

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In line with your recent ASK FATHER postings on Confession, I have a question about vague penance given in Confession. We attend the local TLM and it is difficult to make it to Confession because the lines are always so long. … Continue reading

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