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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box
From a reader… A former parishioner of mine asked me to come and bless/pray/cleanse the Masonic Temple he just purchased at auction. I said I’d research and prepare and get back to him with a date to do so. I’ve … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father – back in 2009, you posted asking for help finding high-quality chapel veils. Most, if not all of the suggested businesses listed in the answers are closed up, (sad). Could you post the question again, … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it OK to get a divorce if you do not intend to get remarried? Although I admit to all my faults and know I am far from perfect, my wife has been an alcoholic for … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: My experience is that any marriage can be annulled on the grounds of gross immaturity or mental defect. (Didn’t know “porneia” was Greek for these terms….) And when canonists are asked about church laws regarding the … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m currently scheduled to work on both Saturday and Sunday and this doesn’t give me to time to attend a full mass in person. However, I would be able to leave work during scheduled lunch break … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is my confession valid if the Priest says, “I forgive you” instead of “I absolve you”? Everything else sounded normal. Thank-you Once again we have an example of some jackass priest who thinks he is being … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: May a Catholic elope? Is this a valid marriage? If not, how did one correct it? GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson May a Catholic elope? Presuming said Catholic has a paramour of the opposite gender, … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve heard mention on this site from time to time of various Titles of exorcism. What are the different kinds of exorcism, and why would one be used instead of another? Are certain kinds reserved for … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I always hear that when we die and go to heaven we will see our loved ones again. That we will be together again. But how can that be? How can It be if someone you … Read More
ASK FATHER: The priest only said, “I absolve you from your sins”. Is that sufficient for a valid absolution?
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I went and confessed all sorts of actual mortal sins to a priest, and for the absolution, I definitely heard him say either “I absolve you from your sins” or “I absolve you of your sins” … Read More
UPDATE 14 July 2021: When I posted about a new book from a priest friend I hadn’t yet gotten into it. Now I have. It is fascinating and some it pertains to the post, below. The Trouble with Magic: Our … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a pastor where a wedding is held delegate faculties for a deacon to assist at marriages in his parish over subjects that are not his? My wife and I were married by a Deacon in … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I heard a priest refer to his role as, “not the bouncer to the Eucharistic banquet but the server [as in waiter].”Most analogies fall flat, but this one hit a dissonant chord that I can’t quite … Read More
ASK FATHER: Should I ask for my home to be blessed, but with the Roman Ritual and not the Book of Blessings?
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you very much for your continued ministry to all of us who depend on you for clarity in these uncertain times. I have read many of your posts regarding blessings and I am still somewhat … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: YOU: “reasonable or not, charitable or not, moral or not.” [I wrote that HERE] Write more about that during history. I doubt this was different in the past… pre CV2… Generally, bishops were ever crooks. Machiavelians … Read More
ASK FATHER: Why are the Novus Ordo and the Traditional Latin Mass just two “forms” instead of two different “rites”?
UPDATE 9 July: You might go over to The Remnant and watch Peter Kwasneiwski’s talk at the Roman Forum on the issue I treat, below, and a lot more. One of the important points he makes is the ever-increasing ultramontanism … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Please help me to understand something about Communion on the hand. As I’m understanding it, people can receive Communion on the hand if they want to but also on the tongue if they want that and … Read More
From a priest reader…. QUAERITUR: As both the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Forms of the Mass have their own respective set of rubrics (the former being more detailed than the latter), my question relates to those priests celebrating both forms: … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, I am about Duck Duck go’d out on this and still can not find any answers. I attend weekly mass at an institute of Christ the King oratory and in our mass’s after the … Read More