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25 March: The Good Thief, St. Dismas

Though we are deep into Lent, today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation.
However, did you know that today is the feast day of the “Good Thief“, known by tradition as St. Dismas?
I have sometimes wondered about the choice of … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Why are SSPX Masses valid, but not marriages or absolutions?

From a reader:
Fr Z, can you help me out with the why here and right terms.. I’m missing a piece of the puzzle?
A priest was asking me a question, regarding another person who is coming from the SSPX back to … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is baptism by a priest who does odd things still valid?

From a reader:
Thank you father for the time you devote to this blog. I have found it very educational as has my husband.
I would appreciate your thoughts as an outside observer to this question.
We were parishioners for about 5 years … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Confirmed or ordained but not in the state of grace – Fr. Z rants

From a reader:
My question is regarding confirmation. Do those who receive the sacrament have to be in a state of grace in order for it to take? (the answer, I assume, is yes). I ask this because I am not … Continue reading

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Can Catholics preserve, for our own flock, true marriage?

One of the reasons I go on and on about a renewal of liturgical worship is without such a renewal, there can be no renewal of Catholic identity.  And if we don’t have a strong Catholic identity within the Church, … Continue reading

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