Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

ASK FATHER: Lied to the priest. Is our marriage valid?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Many years ago when my wife and I got married we were not serious Catholics. We cohabitated before we were married, and I think we even may have lied to the priest about it but I’m not sure. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis to assassins: Make sure it doesn’t hurt because “I’m a wimp”

From the Daily Mail:
Pope Francis says he accepts he may be assassinated – but asks God to make sure it doesn’t hurt because he is ‘a real wimp’
Pope Francis has said he has accepted that he may be assassinated- but … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession and absolution via text message? Phone? VOIP?

A question pops up once in a while and I have dealt with it before.  Can you be absolved over the phone or by internet?  NO.  That would be INVALID.
I was alerted to this post at the site of Fox … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Stole-less confession. Okay?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Does a priest have to wear a stole during confession? I surprised a priest and asked for confession and he did without a stole.
No, a priest does not have to wear a stole.
The stole is a powerful symbol of … Continue reading

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GO TO CONFESSION… in Cleveland! 4 March UPDATE! Not only Cleveland.

I received this from a reader:
I am visiting my company in the Cleveland Diocese this week and I heard at mass yesterday that the entire diocese, every single church, will be having confessions from 5-8pm on March 4. What a … Continue reading

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Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests promotes “General Absolution”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I saw a piece at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about a request of the Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests to the USCCB’s Pres. Archbp. Kurtz.  The Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests have requested:
expanded opportunities
for sacramental confession and reconciliation
—  urge more … Continue reading

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Memento mori!

Just a reminder to GO TO CONFESSION!
Why?
You are all going to die one day.
I direct this especially at you who dissent from some teaching of the Church: Don’t be on the wrong side of the Church when you go to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How can I gain a plenary indulgence as fast as I can?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My grandfather just passed away after a long and painful sickness. He received last rites and Viaticum last Monday. How can I gain a plenary indulgence for him as fast as I can?
First, my condolences, I am sure … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Laziness and accepting a paycheck

From a reader…
Father, if one is lazy on the job and neglects some their duties over a period of, say a couple months, is that person required to make restitution to the company? does the amount of time that you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do the devout have the hardest deaths?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have been unsettled by remarks of a Dr Martin Scurr (Daily Mail 27 Jan 2015) who some years ago served the Jesuits at their HQ in Mayfair and religious attached to Westminster Cathedral. “I always think that … Continue reading

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