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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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- ASK FATHER: Transplant of organ from a person who was a satanist or practitioner of witchcraft, etc.
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I received a somewhat convoluted note about blessings, which contained several implicit questions. I will tease out the essence. He can’t find a priest to bless things in Latin and it would be very far to drive to find one. … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a Catholic receive the Apostolic Pardon if he/she dies without a priest present. I read somewhere that, even in the absence of a priest, the Catholic Church grants a plenary indulgence to all Catholics at the moment … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I don’t think I’ve seen the Pope’s January prayer intention listed on your blog. He asked us to pray for victims of religious discrimination and persecution. I saw this and thought I had misread it, then … Read More
ASK FATHER: Can Holy Water, Epiphany Water, Easter Water, be diluted and still maintain their efficacy?
I had this question from a reader. I get this every once in a while. QUAERITUR: Can Holy Water, Epiphany Water, Easter water, be diluted and still maintain their efficacy? And, if yes, to what extent? Since I get this … Read More
This is a question which comes up each year. I’ve had three notes in email today. Must we do penance tomorrow, Friday within the Octave of Christmas? The short answer is YES, this year, yes. According to Canon Law, Catholics … Read More
ASK FATHER: I was going in for surgery, but I have staph. How can I fulfill my Christmas and Sunday obligation?
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am having surgery Tuesday 12/28. I went to reconciliation Wednesday and was absolved. In my medical appointment to get the ok for surgery I was tested for staph infection and it came back positive. My … Read More
ASK FATHER: When a pope dies, what happens to the motu proprios that he may have written? Do they die with him?
From a reader… QUAERITUR: When a pope dies, what happens to the motu proprios that he may have written – do they die with him? For example, when Pope Francis dies, what happens to the motu proprio on the TLM? … Read More
From a reader.. QUAERITUR: I wanted to thank you for your original and powerful exhortation, via the death of a rabbit, to go to confession. As a consequence I did indeed go to confession and made a clean breast of … Read More
Fr. Z’s first reactions to the Congregations “responses” to the “dubia” about the implementation of “Traditionis custodes”
Today’s Bolletino (daily notices from the Holy See Press Office) has a document from the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The document includes an introduction from the Prefect to Presidents of Bishops Conferences and “responses” to … Read More