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DEAR FATHER | A simplex priest is restricted in certain areas of ministry

A simplex priest is ordained as a priest, but in exercising his priesthood, he's restricted in two areas. First, simplex priests can't preach at Mass. Second, simplex priests can't hear confessions.

The reasoning behind these restrictions lay in the 1917 Code of Canon Law. According to this code and understanding of the law, clerics had to be granted faculties to preach by their bishop. Further, bishops could give the faculty to hear confessions fully, limit a priest to a certain territory, or withhold them all together if priest didn't pass certain examinations.

DEAR FATHER | May the Lord be on our minds, lips and hearts at the Gospel

To sign or be marked by the cross originates in the Old Testament. In the Book of Ezekiel, the Babylonians threaten to conquer the city of Jerusalem. This is symbolized in Ezekiel's vision by six armed men approaching the city from the north. While they approached, a man with a writing case came and stood in the temple. God instructs this man to go throughout the city and mark those who have persevered in their faith with the sign of the Tav. At the time, this would look closer to an "X," but its more ancient form was closer to the "T," which looks like a cross.

DEAR FATHER | Catholics can contribute to healthy conversation on effects of sports

To what extent may Catholics be fans of a sport where violence is part of the competition? 

This question comes at an interesting time in the sports world.

DEAR FATHER | What’s the difference between Nicene, Apostle’s Creeds?

Both the Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed share the quality of being a creed of the Church. The word creed comes from the Latin word credo, meaning "I believe." The meaning of this word reflects the purpose of these statements: They are structured and succinct ways of expressing the beliefs of the faith.

DEAR FATHER | Black, grey distinguish difference between priests, deacons

In the first centuries of Christianity, the clergy wore the same clothing as other people. It wasn't until around the sixth century that, as society changed to embrace more extravagant styles, clergy remained with more muted, conservative colors and styles of dress. This split of styles would be the first clerical dress the clergy wore.

DEAR FATHER | Resources abound for learning more about the liturgy

One of the great desires of the Second Vatican Council was to increase knowledge of the liturgy among the faithful. In our archdiocese, thanks to liturgical giants such as Msgr. Martin Hellriegel, former pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Baden, a great love of the liturgy has been instilled in both the clergy and the laity. This legacy is manifested in beautiful liturgies at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, vibrant liturgies in our local parishes and a clergy invested in faithfully celebrating the liturgy of the Church.

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