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November 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

November 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

What went wrong with Vatican II?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/27/17

What went wrong with Vatican II?

     I will approach this direct question from both directions: that is, I will both try to answer the question above as given and also will say something about what went right with Vatican II, so that all can see that this ... Read More »

Can a priest deny absolution?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/20/17

Would/could a priest deny absolution to an individual during Reconciliation if they felt the person was not truly sorry? Would the priest, being a sinner himself, be able to judge a person in this regard?

        These questions point to two important realities: what is proper contrition (sorrow) for ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/13/17

Would you explain why it is important to receive a dispensation if you must miss Sunday Mass?

         Let us consider first what a dispensation is and how it is given. Canon Law includes laws governing the necessity of Sunday and Holy Day Masses. Canons 1246-1247 speak of Sundays ... Read More »

Liturgy questions - Antiphons and the great Amen

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/06/17

Does the priest alone, or everyone, say the Entrance and Communion Antiphon at daily Mass?

         A good question that points to multiple options that are possible, mindful that there are varying circumstances that can lead to one or another of the options being chosen.

         The Entrance and ... Read More »


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