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ASK FATHER: Purchased a former Masonic Temple…. now what?

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

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ASK FATHER: Is it sinful to make or use fake papers, vaccine passports, or false documents?

This is a really interesting question from a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it sinful to make or use fake papers, vaccine passports, or false documents? It depends. I direct you and others to a video of a debate about this issue … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Good sources for chapel veils, mantillas

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

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ASK FATHER: Is it OK to get a divorce if you do not intend to get remarried?

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

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ASK FATHER: Griping about canon lawyers and marriage “annulments”

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

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ASK FATHER: I have to work on Saturday and Sunday at Mass times. Can I receive Communion anyway?

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

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ASK FATHER: The priest said, “I forgive you” and not “I absolve you”

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

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ASK FATHER: May a Catholic elope?

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

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ASK FATHER: What are the different kinds of exorcism, and why would one be used instead of another?

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

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ASK FATHER: Will happiness in heaven be incomplete if our loved ones aren’t there too?

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

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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

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UPDATED – ASK FATHER: My mother in law put the “evil eye” on me and terrible things happened.

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

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ASK FATHER: Can a pastor delegate to a deacon the faculty to witness marriages of non-subjects?

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

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ASK FATHER: Priest refers to his role as “waiter” not “bouncer”.

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

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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

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ASK FATHER: “Do you know a time with blessed bishops?”

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

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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

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ASK FATHER: Can bishops or priests forbid Communion on the tongue?

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

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ASK FATHER: Ought we import elements of the Traditional Latin Mass into the Novus Ordo?

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

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ASK FATHER: Priest removes maniple and chasuble before preaching

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

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