Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

Wherein Fr. Z rants about the Church as “field hospital”. Brutal horror, heroic wonder.

In his preaching and writings, St. Augustine of Hippo (+430) frequently presents Christ as Medicus, or doctor/physician of the soul. Christ heals the ills of man brought upon ourselves by sin. This is hardly a surprise, given that in the … Continue reading

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HUGE Fr. Z kudos to a reader who wrote to bishops about the important Apostolic Pardon

I have on occasion written about the important Apostolic Pardon or also Blessing, to be imparted to a person who is close to death.
The Apostolic Pardon imparts to a person who is properly disposed, please God through the last sacraments, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest Mumbles Words of Absolution. Fr. Z says: FATHERS! Stop being JACKASSES and do it right!

FATHERS!  This fellow’s note gives another example of why we priests must must must be careful and precise when giving absolution to penitents.
Use the prescribed form of absolution in Latin or appropriate vernacular language and say the essential words in … Continue reading

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Levity, Severity, the Confessional and YOU!

At First Things there is a good piece about toughness when it comes to preaching and discipline and gentleness in mercy, especially with penitents in the confessional. It is hard for priests to find that balance out en plein air … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Effect of Sacrament of Anointing in someone in mortal sin

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If a hospital patient that is able to confess still gets the sacrament of the sick does it just forgive venial sins or mortal ones too?
First, let’s be clear about something.   The sacrament of anointing is not to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Absolution at jail through glass, phone in visitor’s room

From a priest…
QUAERITUR: 
I’m a priest who occasionally gets asked to hear confessions in a jail where the only way to speak to a person is through glass and a telephone headset. Without using the phone, one can barely hear the other talking through … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 22 – Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent: POWER!

Today is Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is San Sisto.
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in your own … Continue reading

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Jesuit Amerika Magazine laments: “Where are the millennial Catholic activists?” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Jesuit-run (hence confused) Amerika Magazine has posted a lament: “Where are the millennial Catholic activists?”
The head-scratching writer is bumfuzzled. Protests for favored lib causes are drawing people with lots of gray hair. Where are the young, social media savvy protesters?
First, … Continue reading

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Making the Church appealing. What “sells”?

When it is time to draw people in, do those in charge show ugly modern churches bereft of statues, windows and obviously Catholic elements?   SURE they do!
When it is time to make a movie and portray something about the … Continue reading

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Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some are excused because, “They’re tooo haaard!” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

With all the chatter these days about virtuous behavior being an “ideal” and jawing about “paradigm shifts” and so forth, I present anew something I posted exactly one year ago today.
___ Originally published 17 Feb 2017
Look. I’m the first one … Continue reading

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