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Fr John Flader Q&A: The Mass as the Centre

“Dear Father, Some people say that the main thing we need to do in the Church is not so much get people back to...

Fr Flader Q&A: Third Rite of Reconciliation

I understand the recent Plenary Council of Australia has asked that Pope Francis approve a wider use of the Third Rite of Reconciliation for...

Fr John Flader Q&A: An extraordinary layman

Jérôme Lejeune was a French paediatrician and geneticist who was a champion of human life at all ages and who, among other things, was famous for discovering the cause of Down Syndrome.

Fr Flader Q&A: Fragments of the host in Mass

The reply to your question comes in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.

Fr Flader Q&A: The dead who came to life

When Christ died on the Cross and 'the tombs were opened', did the dead really rise in their bodies and walk around? Fr John Flader responds

Fr John Flader Q&A: Another apparition of Mary in Ukraine

Dear Father, I have a friend from Ukraine who said Our Lady appeared in that country in 2002. Can you tell me anything about...

Dying to live: the evidence for life after death

Human beings ask questions of ultimate significance such as why do they exist. We see this, for example. in young children where they intuitively...

Fr John Flader Q&A: Communion under both species

In my last column I mentioned that Communion was received under both species, that is from the chalice as well as the host, until the 12th Century, when the practice died out. I concluded with the Council of Constance (1414-18), which banned the practice altogether.
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Fr John Flader: The hymn of the three young men

Dear Father, I have a friend who suggests reciting the hymn of the three young men for thanksgiving after Mass. I hadn’t heard of it before but am now saying it and I find it helpful. What is the background to this prayer?
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Q&A with Fr John Flader: Gender terminology

Dear Father, I am increasingly disturbed by attempts to change our language so as to use gender-inclusive terminology and do away altogether with words like woman and man, father and mother, etc. Where is this coming from and is there anything we can do about it?
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