Category Archives: Our Catholic Identity

ASK FATHER: During Year of Mercy can I go to SSPX Masses for my Sunday Obligation?

From a reader… May I attend a Mass by an SSPX priest during the Year of Mercy to fulfill my Sunday obligation? What is the current status of their Mass and is it affected by the Year of Mercy declaration … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptism with slight separation of matter and form… valid? Am I baptized?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was born to Southern Baptist parents and baptized at age 7 by immersion. I clearly remember standing waist-high in a pool of water… the Baptist minister pronounced the Trinitarian formula and AFTER WHICH, he immersed … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Frequent confession to overcome pornography

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I am a new Catholic and I’m struggling mightily to overcome a past life filled with pornography. Sometimes I fail the day after a confession. Some Priests have told me not to go more than … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can’t go to Mass on Sunday. Are we obliged to go on Saturday?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m satisfied that Canon 1248 clearly grants us a generous concession to fulfill / satisfy our obligation to assist at Mass on a Sunday by going on Saturday evening. If my Church has a Saturday evening … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Lutheran wife is against me, a convert, going to Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am a convert from Lutheranism, and my wife and children remain irregularly practicing Lutherans. My wife says that my absence for Mass every Sunday is a selfish betrayal of family time, and that our whole … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Prayer services and lay people extending hands to “bless” an Advent wreath

From a reader… I have recently noticed something strange at my school. We had an Advent Prayer service in which the students were told to extend their hands to bless the Advent wreath. Is this alright? I heard that lay … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) talks frankly about belief in Christ and his Catholic Faith

Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) talks frankly about his Catholic Faith and his relationship to other Christians. Moderation queue is ON.  I don’t want this to turn into a merely political debate about various candidates, as in, “I don’t … Continue reading

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Giving thanks, with Mass, for benefactors and donors

This morning we had a Norman Rockwell like Mass at St. Mary’s. It would have been nice to have a couple photos. We used the texts for the day, of course. On civil holidays I also like to add Archbishop … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: No Catholic Mass on Sunday. Are we obliged to attend Orthodox Divine Liturgy?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My question comes from what my professor said in class and it doesn’t seem correct. In class, we were told that if a Catholic was in Russia [and there being no Catholic Church; either Latin or … Continue reading

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High praise for Card. Sarah from Archbp. Gänswein

Ed Pentin has a good note at the National Catholic Register: Archbishop Gänswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th … Continue reading

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