Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Baptized Catholic but never practiced: do marriage laws apply?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have two younger brothers who are close in age and who were both baptized Catholic as babies. Very early in their life, when they were around 1 and 3 years old respectively, our mom left the church … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a nun give a homily?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a serious question. Should a nun w or wo a habit (I got wo habit of course) be allowed to give a homily by the priest who just got done reading the Gospel. I was under … Continue reading

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Turn towards the Lord!

The esteemed scholar and liturgist Klaus Gamber said that the single most damaging thing that happened in the wake of the Council was the shifting around of orientation at the altar.   In The Spirit of the Liturgy, Joseph Ratzinger picked … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Dear Fr. Z, why do bad things happen?”

From a reader… no… readers… no… many readers, all the time! In summary… “Fr Z, why does X [X = bad thing] continue to happen in my [FILL IN BLANK]?” Many questions come in with the formula or some variation … Continue reading

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Happy news from Bradford

Within me two people are constantly vying for control.  First, there is the pessimist.  He says, “Things can’t possible get any worse!”.  Then, there is the optimist.  He responds, “Oh, yes they can!” Seriously, we do have good news. From … Continue reading

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June, Piety and You

June is traditionally dedicated to foster devotion and piety for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Speaking of piety, consider what you might do regarding your own pious, devotional practices. Hint: don’t be afraid to be pious! We lose nothing by … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: VEIL WARS!

From a reader… Our Latin Mass Community has no canonical status in the diocese. The FSSP has permission to be here, and we share (not rent as some communities do) the parish with the “Vatican II Congregation” (that’s how the … Continue reading

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Goals for Faithful Catholics in this time of confusion

A theologian friend feeds me stuff which I occasionally share here with some editing and editorializing. Perpend: Cardinal Raymond Burke gave a talk in Rome on May 7. I couldn’t attend, but the great organization, Voice of the Family, who … Continue reading

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Brick By Brick in Ohio

From a reader… Back in December you posted a Brick-by-Brick report about the TLM returning to Athens, OH (HERE) and I just wanted to update you that Fr. Jonas Shell continues to celebrate the TLM weekly on Saturday mornings with a regular attendance of about 20 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I say “Amen” if the priest is making up prayers?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When I attend Mass in the Ordinary Form, the priest sometimes illicitly modifies the texts or even makes up his own prayers. Is it sinful for me to silently pray along with the priest or to answer “amen”? Does … Continue reading

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