Category Archives: Canon Law

ASK FATHER: “Can a priest say the Latin Mass if he doesn’t know Latin formally?”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a priest say Latin mass if he doesn’t know Latin formally? Message: For instance, could a Novus Ordo priest be convinced to do a Low Mass even though he is not fluent in Latin? By … Read More

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REMINDER: Ascension THURSDAY – usually Holy Day of Obligation

It ought to be clear to everyone that THURSDAY 13 May is the Ascension of the Lord.  THURSDAY is Ascension… not Sunday.  There really is no such thing as Ascension Thursday Sunday.  It ought to be either Sunday after Ascension (TLM) … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can priests refuse to hear confessions face to face?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: A bishop made a comment about saying that a priest doesn’t have the power to deny a penitent face to face confession. In other words, a bishop basically said “ a priest can’t override a penitent … Read More

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Fishwrap’s Wile E. Coyote

At Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) Michael Sean Winters (aka Madame Defarge aka the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left – coined by Robby George, I think), who in the past regularly wished physical and financial harm on those … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Bishop says no TLM on weekdays

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It seems that the diocese has disallowed the celebration of any daily Masses to be in the EF, after finally adding an official EF to the regular Sunday schedule. You’ve said multiple times that a priest … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Must I go to a Novus Ordo Mass and receive on the hand to fulfill my “Easter Duty”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our churches in the Diocese of ___  have been allowed to have public Masses offered with 15% capacity of the fire code regulations, but with very strict restrictions from the bishop (more strict than the government’s … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Mass intention register … in Latin

From a seminarian: First, many prayers for you always! Second, many of us at the seminary are looking for a personal mass intention book to keep record of masses. Preferably we have seen a red version that is labeled in … Read More

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ASK FATHER: If someone desecrates Hosts, does the Real Presence remain?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: If someone breaks the tabernacle takes the consecrated Hosts desecrates (throws away to the gutters or dirty place) does the real presence exists? There are some distinctions to be made here. Firstly, the person who does … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Interfaith marriage – Catholic and Muslim

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello Father, i have a question about interfaith marriages. I’m Muslim and the woman I’ve been thinking of marrying a nondenominational Christian, but she fears it is sinful, there is a verse that suggests not to … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Traditional Eucharistic fast from midnight before Christmas Midnight Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: A few year’s ago, I started trying to observe the older eucharistic fasting discipline of taking no food or water from midnight until the reception of Holy Communion the next day. I am curious to know … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Unborn child not doing so well. Should the mother receive Sacrament of Anointing?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife is pregnant and the baby is not doing so well (has a cystic hygroma and some heart issues – if you can pray for her, her name is Angela Fatima)…my question is a priest … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Since the Church does nothing about Joe Biden, what commandments do I have to follow?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Since the “Church” hasn’t excommunicated Joe Biden for his and the Democratic Party stance on abortion, which commandments/teaching do I/we have to follow? GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson A good and timely question. And a … Read More

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Card. Müller: “[I]t is “better to vote for a good Protestant than for a bad Catholic.”

Holy Church is precisely for sinners, for bad Catholics. The Lord is going to sort us all out in good time, as in the parable of the wheat and the tares. Everlasting bliss for some, eternal agony and fire for … Read More

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URGENT – TIME SENSITIVE – INFO NEEDED ABOUT DENIAL OF COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE – REPOST, TWEET, ETC.

UPDATE: 4 August 2020 CLOSED UPDATE: 7 July 2020 The original deadline for this has passed.  I am waiting to hear back from the canonist in Rome about the data summary from the survey. Although the deadline has passed, I … Read More

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ASK FATHER: All who enter a church must sign a visitors book, include name, contact details

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In my home diocese (in Australia) our Bishop has decreed that all people who enter a church must sign into a visitor’s book and include their name, contact details and the time of entry and departure. … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can you fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation during “lockdown” by watching online?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: While on lockdown, can watching (within a sunday) a replayed online mass fulfill the sunday mass obligation? Or must one have to watch the online sunday mass in real time to fulfill this obligation? First of … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Penalties for Violation of the Seal. Wherein Fr. Z and a fictional SSPX priest explain the situation.

In the combox I was asked… QUAERITUR: Doesnt revealing the content and identity of a penitent incur grave penalties? I respond thusly. First, for a person – and priests are people, too – to incur a censure, he has to … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Two Catholics getting married in the Orthodox Church

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have friend who is getting married in the Orthodox church. This friend and his wife to be were both Catholics, but recently left the Church for the Orthodox church. Is this marriage valid? Should I … Read More

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LifeSite posts verbatim interview with Bp. Sorondo of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. It isn’t pretty.

Diane Montagna posted something at LifeSite that serves a good purpose. She sat down with the controversial head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (you know, the crowd that has Jeffrey Sachs on speed-dial) who are musing about “transhumanism”, Bishop … Read More

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ASK FATHER: A sick child and fulfilling Mass obligation

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attended an Extraordinary Form Mass this morning [Sunday] so I could stay home with a sick child while my husband and older children went to a later Novus Ordo Mass at our parish. I forgot … Read More

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