Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Are evil dreams from the Devil?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Both of my parents were fortunate to receive the last rites and the apostolic blessing.  I was filled with peace at their deaths because I had hope they may have been saved.  That peace has been … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Four Last Things | Tagged ,
3 Comments

ROME 22/10 – Day 2: Still getting it together and an ASK FATHER question

The Roman sun rose today at 7:06 and will set at 18:53.  The Ave Maria is slated for 19:00, which is a 15 minute shift from yesterday.  Gosh, things change so fast. Breakfast today was more along the lines of … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ACTION ITEM!, ASK FATHER Question Box, Fr. Z's Kitchen, On the road, What Fr. Z is up to |
7 Comments

ASK FATHER: Can a Catholic layman officiate at the marriage of non-Catholics?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is there any situation in which a Catholic layman could officiate a wedding? A friend has been asked to officiate at a non-Catholic wedding ceremony between 2 non-Catholic persons and is unsure whether the Church would … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, 1983 CIC can. 915, ASK FATHER Question Box, One Man & One Woman |
4 Comments

ASK FATHER: Hand missals in large print for people with low vision

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do you know of anyone who prints missals in large print? My wife has what is called low vision. Perhaps one of your regular readers knows this. Looking around a little I found these. St Joseph … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged ,
2 Comments

Travel, foreign currency, ATMS and YOU!

As I prepare for my upcoming Roman Sojourn, thanks to readers, I am making sure all my financial tools are tidy and functioning.  Included in these tools is WISE, a nifty way to transfer funds and exchange with low fees … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes | Tagged
8 Comments

Daily Rome Shot 571, etc.

From a friend in Rome, today. TAN BOOKS has been faithful for years. Their recent titles are excellent. I’m just now looking at their new edition of the Seven Last Words of St. Bonaventure, due out later. Priestly chess players, … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Chess |
4 Comments

ASK FATHER: My grandparents were Masons. Is there demonic attachment now for generations?

This is an oldie post, slightly edited.  I am prompted to repost it because I recently had the pleasure of meeting a friend for lunch who had been in the Masons for sometime before his conversion. From a reader… QUAERITUR: … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Linking Back | Tagged ,
15 Comments

The effect of lay participation on the souls of priests

I was requested by a reader to repost something I wrote back in the relatively happier times of 2017. Upon re-reading it, I think it stands still, adjustments having been made for the cruelty of Traditionis custodes. Published on: Jun 4, … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Mail from priests, Priests and Priesthood |
5 Comments

A canceled priest speaks. ACTION ITEM!

The ramifications for a priest of being canceled are manifold.  Depending on their past (whether they are late vocations and have a pension) or their families (perhaps well-to-do), life can be really complicated. “Canceled” usually means not just emotional turmoil … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Cancelled Priests, Mail from priests, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged
2 Comments

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

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, 1983 CIC can. 915, ASK FATHER Question Box, Both Lungs, Canon Law, One Man & One Woman | Tagged , ,
11 Comments

ASK FATHER: Should I go to an SSPX chapel for the sake of my family or stick with a parish where things aren’t as good?

Say someone is convinced that the Vetus Ordo is a better channel for living our Catholic identity in this vale of tears. While not doubting that the Novus Ordo is a valid rite and not wholly ineffective, just not as … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, SSPX | Tagged ,
12 Comments

“¡Hagan lío!” in Arlington

This is what devout resistance looks like. When the bishop thrown you out of your church, go to the gym. I rarely look at Fakebook, but this rare time it was worth it. The Bishop of Arlington tossed the folks … Read More

Posted in ¡Hagan lío!, "How To..." - Practical Notes, Be The Maquis, Si vis pacem para bellum! | Tagged
11 Comments

ASK FATHER: “Why do most clergy have almost no interest in the Liturgy of the Hours?”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Why do most clergy have almost no interest in the Liturgy of the Hours?  [Maybe they are saying the Roman Breviary!] I know many lay people who have discovered and love the divine office and expend … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged ,
28 Comments

ASK FATHER: Why do we say that Christ rose “again” when He only rose one time?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Why does is “ on the third day He rose AGAIN “. Why the word again? Every Sunday I wonder……. Okay… that’s a little scrambled, but I get the sense of the question. I have received … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Latin, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged
9 Comments

ASK FATHER: “I have often felt used and abused spiritually, psychologically and emotionally by bitchy, nosy, petty, likely psychopathic/narcissist church people.”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have often felt used and abused spiritually, psychologically and emotionally by bitchy, nosy, petty, likely psychopathic/narcissist church people. What was once a naive and blind trust and obedience was crushed by the sadistic cackling of … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION | Tagged ,
23 Comments

Wherein Fr. Z’s screen time break, or rather, broken screen time

Because I didn’t post yesterday, I had a few notes asking if I was okay.  I acknowledge that it is rare for me not to post at least something.  Yesterday, however, I wound up pretty busy and hampered by a … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Brick by Brick, What Fr. Z is up to | Tagged
4 Comments

The persecution of Tradition, Priests and the affliction of Moral Injury

A year ago, I posted about the psychological abuse of priests and the resulting moral injury.  This topic returned to the fore as I read a recent story about a priest who was forced out of his position because he … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Cancelled Priests, Priests and Priesthood, The future and our choices, Traditionis custodes | Tagged ,
7 Comments

The Vetus Ordo shall not go away and for good reasons. VIDEO. Wherein Fr. Z rants about the Vetus and the Novus.

The Vetus Ordo is not going away.  No matter how much pressure and repression, no matter how much persecution of priests and marginalization of lay people certain “shepherds” apply, it will remain and grow stronger in ways they fear more … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Save The Liturgy - Save The World, The Coming Storm, The future and our choices, Wherein Fr. Z Rants |
16 Comments

ASK FATHER: For a wake, Sister did a “prayer service”.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At the visitation at a funeral home for an elderly male relative of mine, instead of a family rosary being said, the local parish sent a nondescript religious Sister, who said she’d conduct a prayer service.  … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, HONORED GUESTS, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged
20 Comments

ASK FATHER: What hobbies are permitted on Sundays?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What hobbies are permitted on Sundays? I like to knit and crochet clothing and blankets for pleasure, but have heard that this is considered servile labor. Yes, perhaps historically this was work, but nowadays this is … Read More

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box | Tagged , ,
16 Comments