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ASK FATHER: Relics, consecrated altars, and liceity of Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It recently came up in conversation that a consecrated altar should have a relic on it, or perhaps built into it. A friend insisted that the Mass would be illicit (but not invalid) without such a relic present. My … Continue reading

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Dispute over the remains of Ven. Fulton Sheen

The cause for beatification of Ven. Archbp. Fulton Sheen has been put on hold.  Apparently, two dioceses have to settle their differences over the final disposition of the Venerable’s body. The person or entity making the request that a cause … Continue reading

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FOLLOWUP: “Translation” of relics in Louisville. Grand!

The other day I wrote (HERE) about the great event of the translation of the relics of two saints to a new and grander location at the Cathedral of the Diocese of Louisville.   In that post, I talked about the … Continue reading

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Just Too Cool: TRANSLATION in Louisville! (Not the translation you perhaps think.)

Our word “translation” means, in essence, to “transfer”.  It comes from Latin transfero, which has as one of its forms the participle translatum (trans-fero, tuli, latum).  When you transfer something you move it from one place to another. In churchy … Continue reading

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4 August: St. Dominic

According to the traditional Roman calendar, today is the feast of St. Dominic. Happy feast to all Dominicans and Dominics. As I work systematically through my list of intentions for Holy Masses, today brought up His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke! … Continue reading

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A GREAT idea in The Catholic Herald: Benedictine call for the donation of relics.

For both your Just Too Cool file and your Brick by Brick file, this comes from the full, online digital edition of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald. For Catholic Herald Digital: £40 for an annual subscription.  (I … Continue reading

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3 August: Finding of the Relics of St. Stephen

With the older, traditional Roman calendar we can today celebrate the Finding or “Inventio” of the Relics of St. Stephen, Protomartyr and deacon. There are very few saints who receive two feast on the calendar of the Roman Church. Among … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Selling a rosary and other sacred things

Several readers have sent similar questions about the selling of sacred things.  I will simply answer rather than post excerpts of the questions. Let’s start with the most sacred of all, the Eucharist.  Selling the Eucharist would be a terrible … Continue reading

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England: Martyrs’ relics escape blaze at Marian Shrine

I believe that you can still get a discounted subscription to the online, digital full version of the Catholic Herald for a mere “tenner”, £10.  Right now about $16.27. And speaking of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the lovely and … Continue reading

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Translating the remains of Bl. John Paul II into the Basilica

The other day Rome Reports posted a video of a screen set up around the altar of Bl. Innocent XI in the Vatican Basilica.  It was immediately assumed that that is where the body of Bl. John Paul II would … Continue reading

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A St. Andrew’s Day surprise

Did any of you notice this? This took me a bit by surprise. Card. Bertone went to Kazakhstan and gave the Orthodox Church there a major relic of St. Andrew from those venerated in Amalfi. I recall a few years … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can I buy a relic?

From a reader: I wanted to know if it is permissible to buy relics. I know that Canon Law says that it is absolutely wrong to sell them. But what about buying them? Also, how do I go about confirming … Continue reading

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Relic of St. Peter

This morning at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ, where I have been for the last week, I had the chance to bless people with a reliquary containing relics of Sts Peter and Paul (among others).  You can see it set … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: relics and lost documents: what to do?

From a reader: I thought you would be just the one to ask… I have several first class relics without their "papers." Is there anyway these relics can be authenticated for public veneration?  Perhaps someplace they can be sent to … Continue reading

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Relics returned – remembrance of saints past

This last weekend I recovered some relics which a friend had had for some years. Included are St. Leo the GreatSt. Thomas AquinasSt. DominicSt. Ignatius Loyola They are all first class relics, from bone. They join the other great saints … Continue reading

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