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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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ASK FATHER: Priest omits some of the words of absolution. Valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, if the confessor forgot say “IN THE NAME” in absolution formula, is the sacrament VALID? But, the confessor makes the sign of the cross. Again we have some jackass who doesn’t use the proper “form” … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priests praying in Latin when someone is dying and people are upset. Is this really the right thing to do?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I thought this might be a question you would be interested in answering. The Prayers for the Dying in the modern ritual are brief, and rather weak. The alternative of course is the prayers from the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Do personality disorders prevent a marriage from being valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do personality disorders prevent a marriage from being valid? For example, if a couple married in the Church, and one and/or both of them are later diagnosed with a personality disorder (such as Obsessive Compulsive Personality … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Now that canon law allows for females to be instituted acolytes, can a female be straw subdeacon in a Solemn Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Now that canon law allows for females to be instituted acolytes, is it possible, prudential, for a female to be a straw subdeacon in a solemn high mass? Listen here wise guy.  You are probably not … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can I get a dispensation from my Sunday Mass obligation from an SSPX priest?

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I generally fulfill my Sunday obligation by assisting at a Mass said at a nearby SSPX chapel.  We have an opportunity to attend a family reunion in a few months.  Given how far away we live … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Marital relations in marriages of non-Catholics or Catholics to non-Catholics

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: In what status does the Church consider the marriages of non-Catholics/Catholics to non-Catholics and marital relations within such marriages? I ask due to a couple I know of where neither spouse is baptized and the husband … Read More

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ASK FATHER: If Francis isn’t the real Pope, then do the priests of the SSPX still lack faculties to absolve sins?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: If the SSPX, until 2015, lacked faculties for confession, then, in the event that Benedict is still the pope and not Francis, does that mean the SSPX actually still lack faculties and sins are not being … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Must I avoid TV, news, movies if you know that the Lord’s Name will be taken in vain?

From readers… Lector 1 quaeritur: Must I refrain from listening to a useful source of news and information because the presenter takes the Lord’s Name in vain or curses? Lector 2 quaeritur: Is it a sin to watch a movie … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Subtle different between “Laetare” and “Gaudete”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can you explain the difference between gaudete and laetare? Gaudete seems to be 2nd person plural, imperative, while laetare appears to be an infinitive, both seem to mean rejoice in those respective forms. But the roots … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Abstinence on a Friday of Lent that is also the Feast of the Annunciation. What to do?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is required / recommended regarding fasting and abstinence when a solemnity falls on a Friday in Lent? And another… I can’t make out if the Lenten Friday rule of abstinence applies to the Solemnity tomorrow? … Read More

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ASK FATHER: No snails this year? No leaping over fires or burning witches?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: For eight years (this will be the ninth) my family has hosted a party on Midsummer’s Eve, complete with sung Vespers (last four years with a priest), bonfire, homemade water slide, and much food. Once or … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Pre-owned engagement or wedding ring. Exorcism?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thanks for everything you do, your blog has been tremendously helpful over the years. My girlfriend and I are getting engaged soon and when we went ring shopping, our favorite one was previously owned. I want … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can I marry my godfather’s daughter?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it okay, if I marry my godfather’s daughter? We are not related by blood. An excellent question. St. Thomas Aquinas – whose feast it is today in the Vetus Ordo – wrote of spiritual affinity … Read More

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ASK FATHER: The responsibilities of godparents when their godchildren are not close by

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Could you talk about the responsibilities of godparents when their godchildren are not in close proximity? My wife and I have a goddaughter who lives halfway across the country, and we pray for her every day, … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest berated me for confessing venial sins and then used the wrong form of absolution. What should I do?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently attempted to make a good confession. Aside from the fact that the priest literally berated me for confessing “venial sins” which he said “have no place in the confessional”, after my act of contrition … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “I messed around with a Ouija board years ago and I believe spirits attached to me from it.”

From a reader… I messed around with the ouija board years ago and I believe spirit’s attached to me from it I have renounced using this and have nothing to do with it anymore can I ask you to please … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is it a sin to ask God to strike down an enemy of the Church?

From a reader: Is it a sin to ask God to strike down an enemy of the Church? Christ the Lord has commanded us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Love for “enemy” comes in different forms.  It can be … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Does the commingling of the piece of the Host with the Precious Blood merely signify the Resurrection or is it a mystical reality?

On Sunday during ZedNet a question came up about the fraction rite at Mass with the commingling and how it signifies the resurrection of the Lord by the fact that it is the rejoining of the Body with the Blood … Read More

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