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ASK FATHER: Can a referee or umpire bless athletes like a father can bless children?

From a reader… QUAERITUR:  I have been officiating sporting events for almost a decade now. Recently, I began to wonder, would I, as a layman ref/umpire, have any spiritual authority to bless either the field of\ play or the players … Read More

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Strange business this: a non-blessing blessing. A Fr. Z mini-rant to priests.

Very strange business this. At the end of the audience no one knows what to do after this strange conclusion. This was today, 30 November 2019. Pope Francis’ rather unusual blessing today at the conclusion his audience with the participants … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What can deacons bless?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently witnessed our parish deacon blessing an image of St. Francis. Do deacons have the power of blessing images. And if not, does the image to be “re-blessed” by a priest? Given that this is the season … Read More

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QUAERITUR: During Mass, whole congregation told to raise hands to bless people

From a reader: At Mass today the congregation was asked to raise their hands in blessing over members that are celebrating an anniversary in Sept. I can’t find anything in the GIRM that addresses raising our hands in blessing at … Read More

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