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Good Friday Reminder: Fasting, Abstaining, and You

Tomorrow is Good Friday. Let’s review our obligations before the day arrives so that we aren’t taken by surprise. Two days of the year we modern Latin Church Catholics are asked both to fast and to abstain from meat. According to the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Intentions of the Holy Father, indulgences and you

Today is the 1st Sunday of October and therefore we have the chance to gain the indulgence attached to the Supplication to Our Lady of Pompeii.  More on that HERE. Several people have written to me recently to ask about … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Holy Communion after biting inside of mouth

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I write today to ask whether there are any problems with partaking of Communion after having bitten/chewed the inside of one’s own mouth. First, I am glad that you are so interested in proper reception of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass obligation and falling asleep during Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: This morning at Mass (All Saints), as I held a sleeping toddler and fought fatigue myself, I recalled the Holy Father’s recent words (echoing St. Therese of Lisieux) about not being too upset about falling asleep … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Recitation of Office completely silently? Prepare, Fathers, to wince!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have seen a tendency for people who have a duty to say the Office attempt to satisfy their obligation without mouthing the words with air passing through the lips. Has the liturgical law changed? I’m … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Not adding water to chalices for Mass

CLICK TO BUY From a reader… QUAERITUR: Like many other parishes, we have communion under both species. However, the deacon only adds a water to the chalice that the priest is consecrating. He does not add water to the other … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest puts too much water into the chalice. Valid?

From a reader… QUAERUNTUR (I generally take ONE question at a time, but I am feeling benign this afternoon… a rare occurance): Your recent post this afternoon about validity around a Priest using “for all” instead of “for many” made me … Continue reading

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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: Does a chalice have to be consecrated before use?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My family plans to give a priest a chalice (he is from Ireland and does not have one of his own here in the US) and I have the following questions:  [Usually I take one question … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass on TV and Sunday Obligation… again

From a reader… QUAERITUR: if I go to nursing [home] to visit someone and I go for mass and watch it on a tv and fr is in the chapel does that count for filling my sunday obligation We are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Gelatin during Lent

Now that we are coming up on Lent, people are starting to think about what may be eaten on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays.  May I eat insects?  May I eat crocodile?  May I drink Mystic Monk Coffee? Yes, and … Continue reading

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Fr. Finigan (Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist) on whether it is a sin to be late for Mass

My good friend, His Hermeneuticalness, The Dean of Bexley, the P.P. of Blackfen, Fr. Tim Finigan, has a useful post on his blog, which is also one of his columns for the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald. Each … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Hard-of-hearing priest confessor. Was I absolved?

I love the fact that we have a human dimension to Holy Church.  We are a Church of flawed sinners, of weak people susceptible to the attacks and problems of the world the flesh and the devil.  Our Lord gave … Continue reading

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SCHOLION: The three phases of temptation

I have an obligation as an Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist to remind (or in many cases teach) you about something before the big Memorial Day (PENTECOST) weekend. The manualist I sometimes cite, Fr. Adolphe Tanquerey, writes about temptation in The Spiritual … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Abstinentia de carne lacertina aut crocodrillina

Ex lectoris e-pistulis extractum: Reverendo patro Ioanni Zuhlsdorfo discipulus C. salutem et commemorationem in precibus suis. Gratias meas, sivis, ob opum tuam tibi agere volo. [Acceptae.] Mihi, catholico iuveni et discipulo in collegio liberalum artis et liberalum (aut impudicarum) mentum, … Continue reading

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