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ASK FATHER: Kissing the priest’s hand in the Latin Mass v. the liturgical spirit of Judas. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Finally I got my first Latin Mass and it was wonderful.  I want more more more and I can’t understand why the Pope doesn’t want us to have it.  I know he doesn’t like things he … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can we eat 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. First, allow me to post a shot of last night’s (Wednesday’s) repast. The beef is so … Read More

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ROME 24/3– Day 13 & 14: Easter Tuesday and Wednesday – QUAERITUR: The Ave Maria Bell Explained… even too much

Today, 3 April, Easter Wednesday, at 6:47 the sun rose over the Eternal City. The sunlight day will begin to end at 19:40. I got a little screwed up with my days in posting, so this is a sort of … Read More

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ASK FATHER: FSSP leaders had a meeting with Francis. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

This is what the FSSP released after the meeting. My emphasis. Published 1 March 2024 Official communiqué of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter – Fribourg, March 1st, 2024. Following a request from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Pope … Read More

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MASS STIPENDS, INTENTIONS – Do’s and Don’ts

Dear readers, Occasionally someone sends a donation but it is marked for Mass intentions. You should never send money for Mass intentions without first discussing it with the priest involved.  Perhaps sending to an order or institute, sure, you can … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Difference between Latin “Ave” (Ave Maria) and “Salve” (Salve Regina)

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do you have any insights on the distinction between the Latin words “ave” like “Ave Maria” and “salve” like “Salve Regina”? I’m teaching Latin Prayers to Catholic Schoolhouse students and one student asked about this. I … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Validity of absolution and reception of Communion in the state of grace

In light of several missives I’ve received – probably because of news about a recent confusing document – I reiterate hereunder what the Church holds to be true about the Sacrament of Penance, or Reconciliation. From Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest told my CCD class NOT to kneel at the Consecration

From a reader… QUAERITUR: An assistant priest at my parish is telling my ccd class not to kneel during the Consecration of the Eucharist during mass. Any advice? I pondered this for bit and then asked some trusted clerics including … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “active participation” in the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about “active participation”. The priest that used to service my SSPX chapel was very adamant about is using a missal to follow and pray the Mass. He added that it wouldn’t be … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Bowing to the priest when he enters for Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I saw a tweet or whatever it is that they are called now starting an argument about whether or not people in the pews should bow to the priest when he enters to say the Traditional … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome turning black?

UPDATE: I received a note from a friend in DC. St Peter’s dome reminds me of what’s happening in DC. There is a form of black mold we are spending millions mitigating on a regular basis. I received a question … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What if an aardvark runs by and the priest goofs up the LATIN while baptizing?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m going to entirely recast this question in my own words because I need to address the answer to priests, rather than to the laymen who sent the original query. It seems that a priest recently … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What is the official book and English translation for blessings after Vatican II but prior to the release of Book of Blessing? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have been doing research however to no avail. What is the official book and english translation used for blessing after Vatican 2 prior to the release of Book of Blessing? The book of blessings remained … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “What’s up with not adding water to the chalice? Or did you?” A deep dive into the offertory with a minor rant about Vatican II.

I had a question from a reader/viewer who was wondering about the preparation of the chalice during a streamed Mass. When it came to the water, I didn’t pick up the water cruet to add water. QUAERITUR: It looks like … Read More

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ASK FATHER… ASK EVERYONE: Find recording of Archbp. Léonard imitating different regional Latin pronunciations

From a reader… QUAESITUM EST: A few years ago you posted a YouTube video (audio only) of Archbishop Léonard imitating the accents of various professors speaking Latin: https://wdtprs.com/2016/03/fun-with-latin-with-archbp-leonard/. It was hysterical! I actually shared it with students in my Latin oratory … Read More

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ASK FATHER: After being away for years, I went to confession but I forgot something.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently got over myself and went to confession after being away from the sacramental life of the church for a number of years. I then realized that I had not confessed the fulfillment of my … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why isn’t everyone praying the Imprecatory Psalms? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In your very, very fruitful apostolic endeavors, might you please have a moment to a) correctly list the Imprecatory Psalms, and b) expound on them a bit Good God…why everyone isn’t praying them daily is a … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What is the status of SSPX weddings when the local bishop denies permission, delegation?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am from a town where the SSPX has recently established a vibrant chapel and has been extremely generous in providing Traditional Latin Mass and other Sacraments in the traditional rite. The local diocesan parish  has … Read More

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Question for readership: Coping with a Cope

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My parish priest has asked me to find a trustworthy cleaner  who can clean an old, very beautiful and still in very good shape Cope. It was made in France for the local Polish church and … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why fast? Why abstain?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Why do we have to fast and abstain? Why the Eucharistic fast? Why Ash Wednesday? Such a simply put question. Not a simple answer. It’s tied, I think, to another question from email. Also from a … Read More

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