Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Gallup Poll points to future demographic disaster. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

We are wobbling on the edge of a point where two demographic cliff faces converge.
First, there is in most dioceses a clamant, ongoing loss in the number of active priests.  This will get worse in the next few years.
Also, there … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Extraordinary Form marriage vows but Ordinary Form Mass

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
A devout Catholic couple would like to get married using the EF vows (in English), but would like to have an Ordinary Form Latin Mass.  Could I do their vows in the EF outside of Mass, and then … Continue reading

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“as the churches come down all around me”

Churches come and churches go.  They are means to an end.  When there is need for a church, a church is built.  When there is no need – or these days no desire – for a church, the church falls … Continue reading

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4 April – St. Isidore of Seville, the Internet and YOU

I often forget to pray before using the internet. I sometimes fail in charity when using it. This tool of social communication and research and entertainment has amazing upsides, but it also has spiritually deadly perils. We all should be very … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: New adult convert son still with non-Catholic parents is pressured against the Faith

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Fr. Z, my daughter’s boyfriend became Catholic last night; she was his sponsor. His parents are protestant and go to Church on TV. This morning they told him if he didn’t watch the preacher with them that they … Continue reading

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Help wanted. Traditional Gregorian Mass and also Traditional Church Musician

First, I am looking for a priest who could – soon – take a Gregorian Mass set using exclusively the Usus Antiquior.   Please drop me a line.   This is concrete.
Second, I wonder if there are any young musicians out there who … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Effect of Sacrament of Anointing in someone in mortal sin

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If a hospital patient that is able to confess still gets the sacrament of the sick does it just forgive venial sins or mortal ones too?
First, let’s be clear about something.   The sacrament of anointing is not to … Continue reading

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UPDATE on ACTION ITEM! Pray for important pro-life SCOTUS case! Arguments on 20 March.

UPDATE 20 March:
Link to the transcript of the oral arguments for the good guys.  HERE
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Originally Published on: Mar 19, 2018
Can the government force Christian pro-life centers to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions?  California says they can.
That’s the essential question the US Supreme Court will … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Absolution at jail through glass, phone in visitor’s room

From a priest…
QUAERITUR: 
I’m a priest who occasionally gets asked to hear confessions in a jail where the only way to speak to a person is through glass and a telephone headset. Without using the phone, one can barely hear the other talking through … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes and Passion Sunday POLL: veils on images

Was there a good point made during the sermon you heard for your Mass of obligation this  5th Sunday of Lent (Novus Ordo).
From this Sunday, traditionally called 1st Sunday of the Passion, it is customary to veil images in churches. … Continue reading

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