Can Traditional-Rite Priests be Forced to Say the Novus Ordo Mass?

Q:  I am wondering if priests of Ecclesia Dei communities, such as the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, are subject to the diocesan bishop, specifically prohibitions against celebrating the Tridentine Mass… –Denise Continue reading

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When are Priests Required to Give a Homily?

Q: When does a priest have to preach at Mass?

My wife and I attend daily Mass at the cathedral, where there are three priests who take turns saying the Mass.  One of them preaches every single day, with no exceptions.  The second only preaches on Sundays, and not on other days.  The third always preaches on Sundays and sometimes on other days, sometimes not.

Can you explain this discrepancy?  Thank you…. –Charles Continue reading

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Did Benedict XVI Cover Up Clerical Sexual Abuse?

Q: Can you please explain why in Germany they are attacking the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, claiming that he covered up child sexual abuse by priests when he was Archbishop of Munich?  Can this be true?  I cannot believe it is possible … as Pope he fought against pedophile priests….—Gianni Continue reading

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Is it a Sacrilege to Hit a Priest?

Q: When I was a child, I learned that it would be a sacrilege to strike a Catholic priest.  He is a man of God and over the centuries the Church has considered him to be sacrosanct, or so we were told.

Is this true today?  I’m imagining in particular what might happen if a dad discovered that a priest had molested his child.  I know we aren’t supposed to take justice into our own hands, but personally I would be sympathetic if I heard that an enraged parent had attacked a molester-priest…  It sounds like a lopsided and unjust system, whereby a priest could commit a horrible crime and yet Catholics wouldn’t be allowed to touch him… –Bob Continue reading

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Is My Annulment Invalid?

Q: I was raised Episcopalian. My first husband was baptized Catholic, but he never practiced his faith.  Our marriage was civil.  We moved to Europe, and later divorced.  I remarried another lapsed Catholic, civilly, then decided I wanted to become a Catholic.

The parish priest determined that my first husband 1) had been baptized Catholic, and 2) had not married in a church.  Once this was established, he proceeded with my reception into the Church, with no mention of the need for annulment of my first marriage.

Subsequently, the priest procured for me and my second husband a Sanation of Marriage. We thought we were good to go.

But then I contacted a woman in the US who has worked with divorced Catholics for 20 years, because she had been recommended as someone who might be able to help with unresolved pain from my divorce.  On hearing my history, she said I would need to get my first marriage annulled, that the Church recognizes as valid even a marriage done in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator.  When I told her this had been approved by my priest in Europe, based on his investigations into the validity of our marriage, and that I had an official document from the Archbishop rendering my second marriage valid, she said there was LOTS of confusion among priests about this stuff, that he had either been uninformed or trying to do me a “favor.”

So, I agreed to refrain from relations with my current husband until the matter was resolved….   However, a visit to your website seemed to confirm what my parish priest had done.

Was my first marriage considered valid according to the Church?  From this article in your blog, it would seem not.

Yet my confusion remains….  This woman appears to be a legitimate expert, yet after my research, and discovering that I already have a Sanation of Marriage, I would like a second opinion before I put all this time and effort into what may already have been accomplished.  Was my parish priest just trying to paper things over and get me in the door, or did he make the right determination? –Charlotte Continue reading

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