Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests promotes “General Absolution”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I saw a piece at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about a request of the Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests to the USCCB’s Pres. Archbp. Kurtz.  The Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests have requested:
expanded opportunities
for sacramental confession and reconciliation
—  urge more … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday, Fasting, Abstaining, and You

According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church, Latin Church Catholics are bound to observe fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday.
Here are some details. I am sure you know them already, but they are good to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to respond when homosexuals tell you they’re “married”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our comings and goings in civil society are going to be getting markedly more and more difficult, especially as “gay marriage” becomes legal in state after state, and as “transgendered” people are being allowed to have their bodies … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Children and ashes

From a reader:
Are children of any age able to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday or is First Communion/Confirmation required first? My son is almost 2.
Yes, children of any age can receive ashes.  That’s up to you parents and, I suppose, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can I smoke marijuana?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I enjoy smoking marijuana from time to time (about once a week). I’m trying to be a better Catholic and was wondering if I absolutely have to give this up? To put it into context, when I get … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Isn’t the priest supposed to genuflect after the elevation?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Has the rubric requiring priests to genuflect after showing the Eucharistic Species to the people been altered? Did someone get an indult or something so that bowing is now legitimate? I wonder because at our local parish the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Things are bad in the liberal Catholic Church. Can I become Orthodox?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’ve tried for many years to stay in the church but simply things get worse here, with the impositions of liberal catholics and bishops who prefer a round of applause rather than defend our faith. I have to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When the ‘sign of peace’ is forced on you

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My husband and I were at a local novus ordo this past Sunday because of weather and illness we were not able to travel to our regular EF Mass.
During the sign of peace we keep our hands folded … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do I sin if I don’t stand while the tabernacle is open?

From a reader:
Today at mass, our priest told the congregation that the archbishop wanted to emphasize that the people should remain standing after communion until the tabernacle is closed. This is to emphasize the unity of the people. If I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hope for heaven for non-Catholic relatives

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When I converted at Easter 2001 from an Baptist background it seemed that the Catechism of the Catholic Church implied that there was hope for Protestant salvation. Now that I have been drawn to the Traditional Latin Mass it … Continue reading

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