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ASK FATHER: In confession, the priest insisted on his Act of Contrition rather than the one I know.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I went to confession this afternoon. It was my first time going at this particular church. When the priest asked me to say an Act of Contrition, I started, “O my God, I am heartily sorry…” … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Are those who must read the Liturgy of the Hours, obliged to read it aloud? Vocal recitation?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was recently reading Quigley’s “The Divine Office: A Study of the Roman Breviary.” In it he mentions that vocal recitation was necessary to validly fulfill the obligation of reciting the office. Does this still hold … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can deacons use the Rituale Romanum to bless things?

From a  deacon…. QUAERITUR: Is it your opinion that a deacon can use most of the blessings contained in the older form of the Ritual?  I took this for granted during formation for diaconal ordination, and totally dismissed the Book … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can we eat meat today, Friday, Feast of the Sacred Heart or must we abstain?

A couple people have asked today about Friday abstinence from meat. Canon 1251 of the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church says: Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Cursed by a witch through a dating site. Now really bad things are happening.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi Father, Here is a hard one, and a subject you would probably rather avoid.  But I truly need to talk to someone and I hope you can offer a few words of advice. What happened … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Golf on Sundays

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As long as a person fulfills their Sunday Obligation, and sanctifies the day with prayer and time with family, can a person go golfing even though that would require someone to work on Sunday? GUEST PRIEST … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest anointed me and then, without confession, absolved me.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently I was in the hospital being treated for cancer. I had a private room and my wife was in the room with me. Suddenly a priest came into the room, introduced himself and asked if … Read More

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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: If the priest says an invalid absolution and I drop dead after… what happens to me?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, a question – if a penitent is in a state of mortal sin, and they go to confess their sins to a priest, and the penitent does everything necessary on their part for the sacrament … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why do bishops tuck their crosses under their jackets.

From a  reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for your excellent blog! Can you explain why some bishops hide their pectoral crosses by pulling the cross across the chest and tucking it under their jackets? There is something a bit disturbing about … Read More

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ASK FATHER: When giving me absolution, Father did not say “ALL your sins”. Was that invalid?

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: At my last Confession, during the absolution, the priest said: “I absolve you from your sins, in the name, etc.” Note that he did not say “from ALL your sins”. Does this mean the absolution is … Read More

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ASK FATHER: When the next Carrington Event wipes out the grid, what will happen in our ultramontanist Church of the 21st century? 

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our sun is waking up.  One sunspot let loose half a dozen flares ranging from C-class to M-class over the weekend.  Our magnetic shields are weak and getting weaker.  Barring Divine intervention, it’s only a matter … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can I baptize myself?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know in an emergency someone who is not Catholic can perform a baptism, provided they have the requisite intent, the right words, and water on the head. Does that mean a person can baptize himself? … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Biretta without a pom

From a seminarian… QUAERITUR: I am a new seminarian in search of a biretta without a pom. I don’t mind buying my own, but I have yet to find a site that sells a biretta without a pom. Could you … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Could the excommunication of Archbp. Lefebvre be lifted posthumously?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Was the excommunication of Archbishop LeFebvre lifted? Is it possible to do so posthumously? The excommunication imposed on Archbp. Lefebvre by the law itself (latae sententiae) and also declared by the Congregation for Bishops was not … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Book with all the Scripture readings for the TLM and when the same occur in the Novus Ordo?

From a deacon… QUAERITUR: Is there a resource containing the readings, especially the gospels, for the TLM and where those same readings occur in the Ordinary Form. YES!   There is! Every priest needs this book. Matthew Hazell did us an … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is Mass valid if it is offered in a desecrated place? Wherein @fatherz rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: After a black mass or an occult rite occurs that consecrates the sanctuary of a Catholic Church to Lucifer (heaven forbid), but before that sacred space has been reconsecrated and restored for Catholic use, what would … Read More

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ASK FATHER: LESSONS IN CLERICALISM – How to wear the cassock.

From a deacon… QUAERITUR: Could you recommend where to look to find info on, or yourself explain, the intricacies of wearing a cassock? I’m am ordering one and basically going in blind. I know there is a collar worn underneath … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What should I do with an old, now unused pyx once intended for Communion calls?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I can’t thank you enough for your ministry, it has been helpful in more ways than I can say. When I was a young man I converted to the Catholic faith from agnosticism via evangelical Protestantism. … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Asperges before Low Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can the Asperges rite can take place at a Sunday Low Mass if it is the principal Mass? Firstly, since this is still the Season of Easter, on these Sundays we are still singing Vidi aquam.  Asperges … Read More

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