Category Archives: Mail from priests

ASK FATHER: How long after death can Last Rites be given?

In the last few hours some of you have sent similar questions. QUAERITUR: How long after death can the Sacrament of Anointing be administered? Sometimes we say “Last Rites”, though technically Last Rites includes Penance, Anointing and Viaticum (Eucharist), and hopefully … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Difference between male and female?

From a seminarian… QUAERITUR: I’m a seminarian at __ in ___ and I was wondering what’s the reason for why women should not be in the sanctuary for things such as lecturing and EMHC? I’m totally on board with this teaching, I just don’t know … Continue reading

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Bp. Egan (D. Portsmouth): GO TO CONFESSION!

From the great Bp. Philip Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth (England) comes this! Go to Confession regularly, bishop urges diocese The Bishop of Portsmouth has appealed to his diocese to attend Confession regularly in a pastoral letter, which will … Continue reading

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“What a bore clergy find the ‘Hymn to Love’ in I Corinthians 13…”

From Fr. Hunwicke of Mutual Enrichment comes this brilliantly blistering entry. I am glad he’s on our side. And I am especially glad to have another defender of the pre-Lent Sundays. They were 86’d in the time of Paul VI. … Continue reading

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Prefect of Cong. for Bishops says more priests now decline becoming bishop

I have a priest friend who has 30+ reasons on his list for why he doesn’t want to be a bishop. [UPDATE: I was informed that the list is presently at 42 reasons for why he doesn’t want to be a … Continue reading

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Fr. Finelli’s podcasts about the Extraordinary Form

I direct the readership’s attention to the page of our friend and frequent commentator here Fr. Jay Finelli, iPadre. Fr. Finelli has a series podcasts about his experience of learning and saying Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Gosh… he’s up … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: House cassocks

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is a house cassock and what is the general etiquette regarding their use? Clerical decorum has nearly completely broken down. All you have to do is look at a group of concelebrants. There are hardly … Continue reading

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HEART WATCH! DAY 16: His Hermeneuticalness’ Health UPDATE

Here is your HHH UPDATE for Day 10 of… HEART WATCH! Fr. Finigan is in the hospital after a “Minor Cardiac Episode.” The other day Father was transferred to a spiffy new clinic whence he has a view of Parliament. (Thanks for … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why should we use black vestments for All Souls Day or funerals?

From a priest: My pastor said to me, “if you give me a good enough reason why I should wear black vestments on All Souls’ Day, I will do it.” What, exactly, would you recommend I tell him? My mind … Continue reading

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HEART WATCH! DAY 10: His Hermeneuticalness’ Health UPDATE

Here is your HHH UPDATE for Day 10 of… HEART WATCH! Fr. Finigan is in the hospital after a “Minor Cardiac Episode.” So, far, he has been freed from THE MINDRAY, and has dealt with THE PROTOCAL.  I think he might now be struggling with … Continue reading

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