Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Why are “ad orientem” and Communion on the tongue preferable?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am a convert to the faith 27 years ago and was just recently ordained a permanent Deacon. I am curios as to why celebrating the mass ad orientum and reception on the tongue exclusively are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could a “Pope Emeritus” under 80 vote in a Conclave?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Canonically speaking, if a Pope emeritus were alive at the time of the conclave to elect his successor’s successor, given he was a Cardinal and Pontiff, may he vote if he were under 80 years old? … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Overhearing someone else’s confession and revealing what you heard

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently went to confession in one of those open style baroque confessionals. Afterwards, I found someone directly outside the confessional (where she would have heard what was said by both parties). I confronted her about … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Quasi-parish” priests

From a reader comes a messy question, which a Guest Priest will answer… QUAERITUR: Our “Quasi-parish”, due to rotation of clergy, has a new priest. His first outward change was to get the candles off the floor in front of … Continue reading

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Wherein another reader does indeed “throw in the towel”

From a reader: In light of your rather depressed email correspondent [HERE], I want to share a more uplifting story. […] I have again become a Roamin’ Catholic. After decades as a “Novus Ordo Catholic,” I have thrown in the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sunday obligation and sick child at home

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have read that caring for the sick (i.e. children) lifts the Sunday Obligation to hear Holy Mass. Does caring for a sick child lift it for the entire day, or would parents be required to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When do traditional Catholics throw in the towel?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have been engaged in a deep theological and spiritual crisis for 10 years now, struggling to remain Catholic or finally cross the Bosphorus and convert to Orthodoxy. [pffffft] It seems that with every passing day, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must a Latin Church Catholic going to an Eastern Church still obey Latin laws?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is a Latin Rite Catholic who is married to an Eastern Rite Catholic, has Eastern Rite children, attends an Eastern Rite parish, but has not been canonically transferred still obliged to follow the precepts of the Latin Rite (Holy … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest puts too much water into the chalice. Valid?

From a reader… QUAERUNTUR (I generally take ONE question at a time, but I am feeling benign this afternoon… a rare occurance): Your recent post this afternoon about validity around a Priest using “for all” instead of “for many” made me … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest says “for all” in consecration. Invalid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I just read an article from the Remnant which argued that the use of “for all” instead of “for many” did not invalidate the Mass. This article was written immediately after the release of the new translation of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is there an Archangel Uriel?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My daughter asked me if I had heard of an Archangel Uriel. I believe only 3 are named in Scripture and we must be careful about a name that could be an evil spirit. Info online seems to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In confession, instead of Act of Contrition, Father asked questions

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I went to confession at a nearby parish recently. This is the first time I’ve done confession with this particular priest. Obviously in a hurry to keep the confession line moving as quickly as possible, [bless him] the priest, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Annulments” and appealing to the Roman Rota

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about annulment and the process.  A friend of ours and her husband have gone through the process in our local diocese. The friend sought the annulment for reasons that we believe (but do not know … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Missa Sicca – “Dry Mass”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, what are your thoughts about Dry Masses or Missa Sicca? I found a Carthusian Breviary that there is an appendix for it, as well as Michael Lofton of Church Militant derived from it as well … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can babies see angels?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Some other Catholic moms and I were discussing how babies often gaze off into space and smile. Some of the mom’s said they had been told that babies can see angels. This is certainly a lovely … Continue reading

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