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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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ASK FATHER: Blessings that are not in Latin? Wherein Fr. Z rants at length.

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

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ASK FATHER: Lack of attachment to sin, even venial sin, to gain plenary indulgences? Is that even possible?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: You have written in the past about the conditions necessary for a plenary indulgence and acts of perfect contrition.  Both of these require a lack of attachment to sin, even venial sin.  Yet we know we’ll … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a dying Catholic receive the Apostolic Pardon if there is no priest present?

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

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ASK FATHER: What to do about strange monthly intensions designated for gaining indulgences?

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

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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

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ASK FATHER: Must we do penance, abstain from meat, on Friday in the Octave of Christmas?

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

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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

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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

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ASK FATHER: How does one get invited to the Synod (“walking together”) on Synodality

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

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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

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