Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

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.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
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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ASK FATHER: Are Extraordinary Ministers of Communion against the law?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
The Congregation for the Clergy’s 1997 “ON CERTAIN QUESTIONS REGARDING THE COLLABORATION OF THE NON-ORDAINED FAITHFUL IN THE SACRED MINISTRY OF PRIEST” [HERE] says that “the habitual use of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass thus arbitrarily … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Moving priests every 6 or 12 years

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
As you mentioned in one of your other posts, it’s the the season of ordinations. It’s also the season for priest transfers. Our pastor of 12 years is being transferred to a different parish in another city of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass on TV and Sunday Obligation… again

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
if I go to nursing [home] to visit someone and I go for mass and watch it on a tv and fr is in the chapel does that count for filling my sunday obligation
We are treading in interesting … Continue reading

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