Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: If Orthodox schismatics can receive Communion, why not divorced and remarried (adulterers)?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: “Amoris Latitia” contains the footnote [351] stating those living in irregular unions can be admitted to holy communion in some circumstances; the idea being that they may be in the state of grace, despite how (objectively) they … Continue reading

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Important analysis of #AmorisLaetitia : Who won the battle? (Seminarians – ALERT!)

Is Fatigue of Love setting in yet? There has been a lot of commentary in the last few hard days about Amoris laetitia (aka Familiaris divortio). What I have been trying to get across is that 1) Amoris did not change Catholic doctrine or law, and that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does the Risen Christ still suffer?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: We hear often in prayers and reflections before confession that we crucify Christ whenever we commit mortal sins. My question is: does Christ, being resurrected and in heaven, still suffer? Big question. Without a doubt, tambourines … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: My unconscious aunt died after being anointed: was she forgiven? (Wherein Fr. Z also rants.)

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My aunt recently passed away two major strokes. After her second, my uncle, an openly declared agnostic, asked me if she should have a priest. I replied in the affirmative, and the hospital had a priest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: #ConsecratedWidows – ACTION ITEM!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Easter blessings Father! God has given me the gift of widowhood and I feel He is calling me to offer it back to Him as a dedicated or consecrated widow. Is there and current progress in … Continue reading

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HELP from readers! (Sound) liturgical catechesis bulletin inserts needed!

From a priest: In the [d]iocese of ___ we are expected to do more Catechesis on the Mass. I want to do this using bulletin inserts. …  Any group or website or publishing company that you might recommend for this? My people … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sex and Latin typos in papal document

While some wags have been saying that the Latin title of the upcoming (tomorrow, as I write) Apostolic Exhortation – Amoris laetitia – means “The Joy of Sex” or perhaps “The Pleasure of Lust” (and it can, if you don’t have … Continue reading

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Plenary Indulgence – Mercy Sunday

On Mercy Sunday there is a Plenary Indulgence available.   Of course, during the Year of Mercy if you are near one of the churches that has a “holy door” you can get an indulgence every day, so this indulgence … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing weapons

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As a Catholic and a practitioner of the 2nd Amendment, I was wondering if or there are blessings for firearms. The priests in my local parish strike me as a bit squeamish when it comes to firearms, so … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Eating meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter

From a reader… My wife and I recently returned to the traditional friday abstinence from meat year round. Traditionally, would the friday abstinence from meat also apply during fridays of the whole easter season? What about just the octave? Pay … Continue reading

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EXSULTET: WDTPRS and audio

The EXSULTET is one of the most spectacular moments of all the Church’s liturgical life. When it is sung well in Latin the Church is in her glory! I have fond memories of singing the Exsultet. The first time, I … Continue reading

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A Tenebrae excerpt: “O my people! lament, like a virgin”

The Lamentations of Fr. Z include verses on the loss of the singing of Tenebrae, whole and entire in its proper language. The ordering of the psalms is not particularly profound, but the antiphons and responsories are simply incomparable in … Continue reading

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Washing Feet – observations

I refer the readership to some lucid and sober comments about the pedilavium, the foot washing, that can occur as an option in both uses of the Roman Rite. Fr John Hunwicke makes some keen and, for liberals sobering, observations. I expunged … Continue reading

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24 March: Bl. Oscar Romero, martyr

There is a piece at Vatican Radio that this Holy Thursday, 24 March, will be the “feast day” of Bl. Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran Archbishop who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980. It seems to be the Church’s day … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How long do I have to fulfill my Easter Duty?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: One of the precepts of the Church states we are to receive Holy Communion at Easter. I always wondered if that meant Easter Mass or during the Easter season. My 1962 Missal say Easter (period) but … Continue reading

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