Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Priest couldn’t hear confession in Spanish.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Today I went to confession at a nearby bilingual Novus Ordo parish. The priest was visiting, and informed us that he didn’t speak Spanish and could only hear confessions in English.
I know that in the danger of death … Continue reading

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Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane – wonderful things happening!

I recently visited the beautiful little Church near Covent Garden, Corpus Christi. HERE It is, among other things, the local “actors church”. However, it was originally intended by Cardinal Manning to be a site for special veneration of the Blessed … Continue reading

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“In the last 35 years, those lives destroyed could have included…”

From Fr. George Rutler’s “pastor’s page” for 11 January.
There was a theologian who, when discouraged, would keep repeating to himself, “I have been baptized.” Since the Prince of Lies has discouragement as his chief strategy and purpose, the Rite of … Continue reading

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Want to attract people to Mass? Get rid of Latin! (NOT!)

My friend Fr. Finelli has some good advice.
If you want to attract people to Mass, get rid of Latin!  [Don’t worry.  Keep reading.]
Almost every Catholic parish you enter in the US, it would be a slight miracle to hear the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does the Church “supply” what is lacking in doubtful absolutions?

From a reader…
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I’ve heard you say that one of the cruelest things a priest can do is hear your confession and not (at least) say “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and … Continue reading

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Confraternity of Catholic Clergy’s “Statement in support ofMarriage”

The conference I attended in Rome, held by the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, has concluded.   The CCC groups represented were from Australia, Ireland, the UK, and USA.
The CCC issued a joint statement, HERE, which follows (my emphases):

Statement in support of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Conflict with parents about use of artificial contraception

From a reader…
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I am 20 years old, and I believe that contraception is immoral. My parents do not. This has caused much strife at home. We went to our trusted parish priest together to discuss it. He told me that certain circumstances within … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Parish fundraiser serves meat on 1st Fridays

From a reader…
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Every First Friday, a neighboring parish hosts a fundraiser dinner at which they serve beef or chicken, except during Lent. Many of our friends (homeschooling families) are parishioners there and attend every month. We hear that it’s delicious fare and as I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Catholic funeral for Freemasons

From a reader…
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Recently there was a huge funeral in our cathedral for a 32nd degree member of the Freemasons. The local TLM community is very upset and crying foul. It’s a mess. Could you offer some insight? I have friends in the … Continue reading

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WARNING! If you suffer from Burke Derangement Syndrome™, DO NOT READ THIS.

At Emangelization there is a long interview with His Eminence Raymond Leo (which means “Lion”) Card. Burke.  His Eminence is not going quietly into the good night, as I am sure his enemies had wanted… since they couldn’t get more. … Continue reading

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