Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Shoulder cape on cassocks for priests

From a priest:
A priest in the olden days was permitted to wear such a shoulder cape (look at pics of St Don Bosco – [A founder of a religious order]) and it was built together as a simar cassock, as … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Using the traditional offertory prayers in the Novus Ordo. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
I know a who uses the Old Offertory Prayers when he says an Ordinary Form Mass. Is this okay for a priest to do? Is it a liturgical abuse?
The legislation which covers the use of the Extraordinary Form spells … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What’s with all the kissing in the Extraordinary Form?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was wondering what is the point of kissing in the Extraordinary Form? Such kisses include kissing the priest’s hand after handing the server or deacon his biretta or kissing the celebrant’s hand after handing him the thurible, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 58 years old, never confessed, given Communion or confirmed. What now?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am 58 years old and was baptized as RC I was never confirmed /never made first holy communion and rarely attended church. I was drawn back to attending church about a year ago and as I am self employed and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is it okay to have an Armenian Apostolic member as godparent for a Catholic?

From a reader…
A friend who was baptized, confirmed and received Holy Communion as an infant in the Armenian Apostolic Church regularly assists and receives Holy Communion at Mass, in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite.
She has been asked to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does drinking alcohol before wedding affect validity of marriage?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Would one of a couple going to a bar for a moderate amount of alcoholic drink before a nuptial Mass have any effect on the validity of a marriage?
Marriage is a serious thing. Matrimony should be entered into seriously and soberly.
For … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I made a hasty promise to God. Now what?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
At one time in my life I hastily made two promises to God:
1-) Never commit a certain sin;
2-) Never drink coffee again.
Certainly, promise 1 should never have been made, but I digress. My question is twofold:
Is it possible to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Marriage in “another suitable place”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My grandson will be married in a year. He has not been baptized but raised in a Christian home. His wife to be is Catholic. He insists their marriage can take place in a hotel and witnessed by a deacon. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Crossing arms to receive Communion

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
 I have been regularly attending the Traditional Latin Mass for the last two years and have been an altar boy at the TLM for the past year and a half. I have noticed that a fair number of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Non-seminarian Lectors and Acolytes

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can laymen who are not in the seminary, upon request, receive the orders of lector and acolyte? My parish likes having me read, they say I am good at it, but I am not sure that I feel … Continue reading

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