AMA Ask Me Anything with Father James

Hold fast to the traditions you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.

2 Thessalonians 2:15

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Part 2 of the AMA


Was your question one of the ‘great’ questions Father James answered? Below are the time stamps for each question or check out the YouTube link’s description which takes you directly to each question.

15:33 – During the Mass a list of saints’ names is read. How were the names chosen and does the list of saint’s names ever change?

17:20 – There was a beautiful ceremony when seminarian Tom Logue became a Deacon. Is this ceremony just for a future priest or do all men that become Deacons have the same?

18:50 – At the ceremony for Tom Logue becoming a Deacon there were 2 priests/seminarians wearing a shawl. Were they carrying the Host?

20:58 – Who was your favorite teacher at Benet Academy?

21:35 – Can a priest choose which parish he wants to be transferred to or does the Bishop make the decision?

24:10 – What does the church believe about non-Christians and salvation?

see Lumen Gentium 16-17 https://www.vatican.va/…/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen…

32:40 – Why don’t they show people getting communion on the live stream?

34:19 – What is the difference between thinking of committing a sin vs. committing the sin and going to confession after the sin? Example: thinking of robbing a bank then actually doing it and confessing after the fact.

35:30 – If you could be one of the 12 apostles, which would you be and why?

37:28 – If we go to Mass on Saturday morning and receive communion if we go to Mass at 4pm that same day, can we receive communion again?

Code of Canon Law #917 stipulates, “A person who has received the Most Holy Eucharist may receive it again on the same day only during the celebration of the Eucharist in which the person participates, with due regard for the prescription of Canon 921, §2.” which says, “Even if they have received Communion in the same day, those who are in danger of death are strongly urged to receive again.”

39:52 – Why does mass attendance on Sunday matter? Can’t we just go during the week on the day that’s most convenient? What if we have to work on Sunday?

43:10 – Fasting before communion- is this an hour before receiving communion or an hour before mass begins?

Canon 919. §1. A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before holy communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine.

44:27 – How many Masses are you and Fr. Don allowed to celebrate?

46:45 – Why did Jesus live during the Roman Empire?

50:43 – Does Fr. James have any siblings?

51:53 – Do you have any hobbies?

54:00 – Can you say Mass in Latin?

55:41 – What’s your favorite dinosaur?

56:12 – Did God create more people than Adam and Eve? What about the other people in Genesis?

58:40 – Is there a purgatory? And what does the Church think?

1:02:37 – What exactly is gossip? For example, my son has asked me about my brother and I shared with my son details of my brother that is rather unsavory, is that considered gossip, or is this just history about my brother and family which my son wanted to know about.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:

– of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;

– of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them;

– of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.

CCC 2479 Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one’s neighbor. Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to the honor of his name and reputation and to respect. Thus, detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity.”

1:06:02 – Describe the classwork of the subject of Confession in seminary, other than logistics?

1:09:07 – How do priests go to confession?

1:12:15 – Describe the moment before and after consecrating bread and wine at Mass.

1:14:21 – I have heard that you Fr James have recently become the Spiritual Director for Waterleaf. That is wonderful to hear. What type of duties and services will you be doing at Waterleaf?

1:17:40 – If you could write a book what would it be about and what would the title be?

1:20:05 – Are we consecrated to St Joseph after reading the consecration prayer at mass on his feast day? I was planning to use Father Calloway’s book to follow the 33-day program. Did we bypass this?

1:20:56 – What can parishioners do to help you in your ministry, Father James? What can we do to help Father Don?

1:24:50 – If God is merciful why do some babies suffer who aren’t yet able to understand faith? Basically, why do bad things happen to good people? Also, do you believe an atheist who is a kind caring person their entire life can go to heaven?

1:32:30 – What does it mean to ‘offer it up’?

1:33:55 – Why is the door to the Holy Eucharistic Chapel still locked?

1:35:28 – Why did Jesus descend into Hell after dying on the Cross for us?

1:37:00 – For college students: How can we keep a close relationship with God while continuing to do well in our studies, keep up with homework, our friendships, etc? Can you give some tips for this?

1:41:55 – My daughter-in-law and her brother were baptized by their grandmother in her bathtub against their parent’s wishes. Does it count?

Can. 868 §1. For an infant to be baptized licitly (properly):

1/ the parents or at least one of them or the person who legitimately takes their place must consent;

2/ there must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescripts of particular law after the parents have been advised about the reason.

§2. An infant of Catholic parents or even of non-Catholic parents is baptized licitly in danger of death even against the will of the parents.

1:46:15 – Currently we are given dispensation from attending mass. If you are traveling out of state and unable to attend mass do you still have dispensation from attending mass in another place or does that particular Diocese need to be giving dispensation?

1:48:45 – My daughter has a boyfriend who belongs to a different Christian religion. What should I tell my daughter if the time comes, if her boyfriend asks her to join his religion?

1:52:54 – If a friend is getting married outside of the Catholic Church can you attend their wedding or be in their wedding? If your sibling is getting married and is Catholic but isn’t getting married in the Catholic Church can you attend?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Here’s a longer and more nuanced answer: https://canonlawmadeeasy.com/…/can-i-attend-the…/

Catholics can get a dispensation to get married outside of the Catholic Church (e.g. in a protestant ceremony). It requires some wedding preparation still and signing a few documents basically saying you won’t reject the Catholic faith as a result.

Part 1 of the AMA


Was your question one of the 10% of questions Father James answered? Below are the time stamps for each question or check out the YouTube link’s description which takes you directly to each question.

16:45 The slaughter of the Amalekites in the Old Testament: Trent Horn on Pints with Aquinas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPyjIMn5-yg

23:55 Why does Fr. James use a different-sized host than Fr. Don?

26:43 Why do we pray to Mary? Is she part of the Trinity?

30:18 How do we balance between relying on God and relying on ourselves?

34:53 Do you have any advice for a young woman considering a calling to the religious life?

see Discerning a Religious Vocation: https://pintswithaquinas.com/how-to-discern-gods-will-w-fr-vincent-yeager/

39:54 How do priests choose a seminary?

43:30 Why can’t women be priests?

see Inter Insigniores: https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19761015_inter-insigniores_en.html

and Ordinatio Sacerdotalis: https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1994/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_19940522_ordinatio-sacerdotalis.html

53:34 Why do the saints seem to live the shortest and suffer the most in living their faith?

57:15 What does the Church teach about the TV series The Chosen?

see https://watch.angelstudios.com/thechosen

1:01:09 What’s your favorite movie?

1:03:37 What do I do if a close relative/friend invites me to their same-sex ceremony?

1:07:55 Has Fr. James joined Fr. Don for a bike ride?

1:08:22 Why do you not live at the rectory?

see Companions’ website: https://www.companionsofchristjoliet.org/

Code of Canon Law 280: “Some practice of common life is highly recommended to clerics; where it exists, it must be preserved as far as possible.”

Code of Canon Law 533 §1: “A pastor is obliged to reside in a rectory near the church. Nevertheless, in particular cases and if there is a just cause, the local ordinary can permit him to reside elsewhere, especially in a house shared by several presbyters, provided that the performance of parochial functions is properly and suitably provided for.”