Category Archives: Canon Law

ASK FATHER: Does “for all” instead of “for many” make the Mass invalid? Should I receive Communion if I doubt validity?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My schedule required me to attend a lunchtime Novus Ordo near my office today.  The priest (I believe intentionally) modified the Eucharistic Prayer, employing the old “for all” translation of pro multis. As far as I … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What is a reasonable donation to a priest for a request to say a Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is a reasonable ordinary donation to a priest in connection with a request to say a mass. Or a reasonable range? I understand that it is not strictly necessary to send a certain amount, and … Read More

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Canada: A bishop is determined that a church be closed. Parishioners fight back.

Reality is sometimes harsh. For example, if a parish is not able to pay its bills, it’ll probably have to close or be “merged”.   Either way, a few  hearts will be broken.  I don’t say “lots of hearts” because if … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Convert from Orthodoxy or Protestantism: Which Catholic Church would I belong to?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: If I’m not mistaken, a Russian Orthodox Christian, who converts to Catholicism, is juridically Russian Catholic regardless of which particular Church brings them in. (PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG). In the case of a validly … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Validity of Catholic with Orthodox marriage

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Question on marriage: Canon Law says a Catholic marrying an Orthodox Christian by an Orthdox priest has a valid marriage (as long as the usual free to marry, openness to kids etc. are part of the … Read More

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SSPX. As I was saying….

I read something familiar at LifeSite in a piece about Bp. Athanasius Schneider’s remarks about the SSPX. I have often explained in these electronic pages that… There is no question that the Mass celebrated is in a Catholic Rite. The … Read More

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FATHERS! “The first few hours after an accusation is made are absolutely critical.”

UPDATE: 27 Aug 2022 12:14: From my friend… GOOD GRIEF! Your readers really responded – as in, immediately! The book is now SOLD OUT, thanks to you. So I’m busy boxing up more copies to send to the Amazon warehouses. … Read More

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ASK FATHER: “If I go to Saturday night mass and receive Communion, and then go also to Sunday mass, may I receive Communion again?”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello if I go to Saturday night anticipation mass and receive Holy Communion, and then go the following morning to Sunday mass, may I receive Holy Communion again? I have been told you cannot because it’s … Read More

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ASK FATHER: The faithful put blood, sweat, and tears into the building, revival of churches, parishes. Given how bishops treat them, is there recourse in Canon Law?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’d love to hear your thoughts on where things go from here with the traditional liturgy, given the developments in DC and Chicago, as the faithful have put real blood, sweat, and tears into the building … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can a person commit a schismatic act and not be in “full” schism? “Schroedinger’s Excommunication.”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for all of your wonderful, and sometimes saddening articles. They are truly a joy and blessing to read. They have helped me to educated myself in my faith better as well. I was wondering, … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Pork butt for the Sacred Heart

From a reader… QUAERITUR: So .  . . I have to smoke some pork butt today for a get together tomorrow. It will send sweet odors heavenward, low and slow and very very tempting for us mortals still stuck on … Read More

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Archbp. applies can. 915 to Pelosi: until PUBLIC regret for supporting abortion, no Communion

Will this put calcium and testosterone into the bishops’ conference? First, what does can. 915 really say? HERE From CNA: Archbishop Cordileone tells priests that Nancy Pelosi Communion denial is ‘pastoral, not political’ Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone took extra pains Friday … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Did Vatican II extend the Good Friday fast also to Holy Saturday? What about Sacrosanctum Concilium 110?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: For a scrupulous person (me!), who would like clarity on his obligations: Is the extending of the Good Friday Fast to Holy Saturday obligatory? One translation of SC 110 says, “Let [the Paschal Fast] be celebrated … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Must we abstain from eating meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter?

We are now in the Easter Octave – Happy Easter! Let’s get out in front of this before the calendar clicks over to Friday From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I recently returned to the traditional Friday abstinence from … 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: 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: Validity of absolution of accomplices in sexual sins and the censures – revisited in light of Amoris laetitia fn. 351

Today I had a somewhat protracted session of texting concerning censures for certain sins against the 6th Commandment of the Decalogue. For example, what happens to a priest who in the context of the Sacrament of Penance (and by extension … 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: Does Communion in the state of sin fulfill the “Easter Duty”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Since Sleepy Joe is likely committing sacrilege when the libs allow him to receive Communion, does his sacrilege count for Easter duty? Or would he have to go to Confession and receive again for the Easter … Read More

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