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ASK FATHER: Pork butt for the Sacred Heart

From a reader… QUAERITUR: So .  . . I have to smoke some pork butt today for a get together tomorrow. It will send sweet odors heavenward, low and slow and very very tempting for us mortals still stuck on … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Does the humeral veil contradict in the use of Eucharistic ministers?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When the humeral veil is used does it not show a contradiction in the use of Eucharistic ministers? I’m really interested in trying to form an argument against Eucharistic ministers, by way of something everyone seemingly … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What if 100 priests wanted to leave a diocese because of the bishop?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What if… How hard is it for a priest to move away from one diocese and be incardinated in another? Wouldn’t it be a loud and stunning message if, say, 100 or so priests decided to … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Bishop bully: You have the right to kneel, but not to a kneeler.

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: We had a kneeler for those who wished to kneel and receive on the tongue. The Bishop ordered kneelers removed from the three parishes in the diocese that allowed their use. This impacts the elderly and … Read More

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ASK FATHER: If a Pope dies or resigns before a Consistory for the creation of Cardinals, are the designated men Cardinals or not?

Buzz buzz buzz. From his wheelchair Francis issues a list of men he would make cardinals. There are rumors about his bad and worsening health. Archbp. Gänswein sobs his way through a speech in Germany. Various documents are being issued, … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest with bad eyes has a woman read the Gospel at Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently, while we were away on a vacation, my husband, children and I attended a NO Mass as that was what was available to us at our vacation destination. At the time the Gospel was to … Read More

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REPOST ASK FATHER: How to make a “Trinitini” Martini for Trinity Sunday and avoid committing heresy?

QUAESITUM EST: We are planning to have a special drink for the potluck to commemorate today’s Feast of the Trinity. We were planning to do a “Trinitini”, a Martini with three olives to represent the three Persons in the One … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Preliminary rinsing of altar linens before laundering. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have seen many documents and books explaining that a first rinse or wash of purificators and corporals must be done before laundering as usual. But after much searching I have been unable to find specific … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Substituting a “sufficient” penance

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As you know we are required to do penance on Fridays of the year unless a Solemnity take precedence. On Fridays during Lent we are required to abstain from meat, however on other Fridays of the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: No… FATHER ASKS YOU…. 1st Holy Communion traditions

I have recently seen, popping into churches, practice for 1st Holy Communion.  Novus Ordo, of course.  Moreover, I’ve had questions about gifts for 1st Communion. Moments like this have some customs that die hard because of the memories of parents … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Monsignor didn’t use the exact form of absolution

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve confessed to a particular priest twice, and both times, he didn’t use the exact formula of absolution.  Both times, he did the following things: 1) he omitted the line “and sent the Holy Spirit among … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Venial sins and the Novus Ordo

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was raised in the Novus Ordo, and now attend the TLM as often as I can (and it is the greatest gift!). I was taught growing up that venial sins are blotted out at Mass.  … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Traditional Confirmation Availability?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Now that confirmation season is in full force, do you know of any diocese that are granting permission to have confirmation in the old rite? My family and I live in 2 locations throughout the year … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Solid, orthodox religious orders and instititutes

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am currently in the process of discerning a vocation to the priesthood and I am investigating different groups/orders. I am relatively familiar with the strictly “traditional” groups (ICKSP and FSSP especially) but it can be … Read More

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ASK FATHER: The final Rosary prayer says, “while meditating upon these mysteries”, but I want “what they contain” all the time, not just “while meditating”!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: “While” is an unusual word in English. It can be used as a verb, a noun, an adverb, a conjunction, and even a preposition. Most English translations of the final prayer of the Holy Rosary say … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Did Vatican II extend the Good Friday fast also to Holy Saturday? What about Sacrosanctum Concilium 110?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: For a scrupulous person (me!), who would like clarity on his obligations: Is the extending of the Good Friday Fast to Holy Saturday obligatory? One translation of SC 110 says, “Let [the Paschal Fast] be celebrated … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Must we abstain from eating meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter?

We are now in the Easter Octave – Happy Easter! Let’s get out in front of this before the calendar clicks over to Friday From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I recently returned to the traditional Friday abstinence from … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Solid books about Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit teaching without the crazy stuff

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for all you do Father. I’ve always been a big fan of St Ignatius of Loyola and what the Jesuits once were. I’m also equally appalled at what they have become. Growing up the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: On Good Friday should we venerate a Cross or a Crucifix?

UPDATE 16 April From a reader… Father, I know you’re not a fan of the Book of Blessings, [You’ve got that right!] but being an “official” ritual book, these two paragraphs from Chapter 35, “Order for the Blessing of a … Read More

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Special Meal Prayers for the Sacred Triduum with a mini-seminar on Jewish shabbat, Passover and the timing of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion

Did you know that there are proper table blessing, meal prayers for great feast days and for the Sacred Triduum? I made a post and podcast about this some time ago. However, seeing that it is Holy Thursday, I thought … Read More

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