Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

The problem is the inversion of “God is love” and “Love is God.”

I direct the readership to something I wrote before Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ was released.  HERE  The Pope quotes St. Francis’ song here and there.  But let us not forget how the song ends.
My friend Fr. Rutler in NYC makes … Continue reading

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New encyclical leaked in Italian

I am reading the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato si’, leaked in Italian. HERE
You might want to look at Andrea Gagliarduci’ Monday Vatican on this.  He makes the point that everyone will find what he wants in this encyclical… except maybe those … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Admonishing the sinner

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A Catholic friend recently told me that if a person we know is doing something sinful but we believe they are truly ignorant of the fact that their action is a sin, then we should not tell them … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Getting “paid” to go to confession and “selfies” with confessor

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My youth minister has been offering “S.P.Y.S Points” (basically, points that add up to a discount for events like NCYC and Steubenville Conferences) if we go to Confession and take a “selfie” with our confessor. First of all, would getting paid … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession before conversion

From a reader…
I just read through your “ASK FATHER: Can non-Catholics go to confession?” post. For me, as a convert who was validly Baptized outside the Church, and because I had a horrific first Confession experience, it begs the question of when those … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m haunted. Was I not really absolved? Am I still excommunicated?

Fathers and seminarians, pay attention!
From a reader…
The Pope is sending out special priests who can absolve abortion. Does this mean that priests are giving absolution for something they cannot? Is the absolution then invalid? What does that mean for reception of sacraments until … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father didn’t make Sign of the Cross at absolution

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I went to confession this morning preparation for Ascension Mass, the priest was wonderful, yet when it came to the absolution part, i could see through the holes of the screen that the priest didn’t make the sign of the cross … Continue reading

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Of Disasters, Preparedness and You

I’m coming up for air and finally turning attention to stuff going on in the world (other than Church stuff).
I have caught up a bit about the horrible challenges that many are experiencing in Texas, due to rains and flooding.
Some … Continue reading

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Pope Francis did two really cool things

First, yesterday, Pope Francis went to a parish near Ostia (Rome’s ancient port where St. Augustine’s mother, St. Monica, died – today is her feast in the traditional calendar). Before saying Mass, His Holiness heard confessions!
Fathers… hear confession!
Second, the Pope … Continue reading

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Feedback and a confessional story

From a reader…
I went to confession! It had been 10 years. Your encouragement helped me get up the nerve to go. The hardest part was actually going to the church. I wrote down every single thing I wanted to say … Continue reading

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