Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Fr. Murray’s clear explanation of problems with Communion for divorced, remarried.

From The Catholic Thing. My emphases and comments.
Fidelity – to Spouses and Christ’s Words
By Fr. Gerald Murray [A good friend... Fr. Murray, J.C.D., is pastor of Holy Family Church, New York, NY, and a canon lawyer.]
[QUAERITUR...] Is the most serious problem … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Christian funeral, burial for divorced, remarried?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can a Catholic who is divorced and remarried without an annulment receive a Catholic Christian burial?
Yes!
Can. 1184 lists – exhaustively – those Catholics who may be deprived of a Church funeral:
Can. 1184 §1. Unless they gave some signs … Continue reading

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Help from Chinese readers? Act of Contrition.

From a Chinese reader who asks for help:
I am a Chinese Catholic and many of our prayers are translations from some original Latin edition.
One of the most beautiful is the traditional Act of Contrition which is still commonly used in … Continue reading

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Card. Caffarra on upcoming Synod, Communion for divorced and remarried

At ZENIT there is a translation into English of the wide-ranging interview given by Carlo Card. Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna, about the upcoming Synod and the issue to be addressed. It was originally in Italian in Il Foglio.
You should read it … Continue reading

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Audio interview with Fr. Richard Heilman

My friend Fr. Richard Heilman, about whom I have written before, had a good audio interview with Christine Niles.  HERE.
He talks about shutting down a local strip bar through prayer, shifting to ad orientem worship and having a 40% increase … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can divorced, remarried without “annulment” be Extraordinary Ministers of Communion?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can divorced/remarried laity, without decree of nullity, become Special Ministers of Communion?
The short answer is “No!”
The longer answer is “Noooooooo!”

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ASK FATHER: Lying during confession

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is it a mortal sin if one accidentally lies in Confession about a venial sin?
You cannot “accidentally” lie.  A lie is a deliberate distortion of the truth.  It cannot be an accident.  People can makes mistakes, say things that … Continue reading

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Of True Grit and SLAP and getting to work

Remember my post Dear Traditionalists?  I wrote: “It’s ‘grind it out’ time.”
Here’s some grit for your grinding.
I saw this interesting post from SLAP (Survivors of Liturgical Abuse in Parishes), linking to Regina Magazine.  There is a post called “True Grit”. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Use of Eastern censer by Romans

From a reader:
Would it be an abuse to use an eastern thurible in the Roman Rite even if the bells are removed? Sometimes it seems more efficient to use especially in Eucharistic processions.
I don’t know that it would be an … Continue reading

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Tensions in the Catholic blogosphere. Where Fr. Z opines.

Some discussion is arising in the Catholic blogosphere about, well, the Catholic blogosphere.   This week, for example, the UK’s still best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, has an opinion column: Bishops and bloggers: there is a way out of … Continue reading

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