Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

ASK FATHER: Venial sins forgiven during Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for all of your efforts here, as it really brings strength to many of us during our sojourn.
A priest at our local university gave a homily a few days back wherein he spoke of the absolution … Continue reading

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The Three Living and Three Dead and YOU! Also, wherein @fatherz has an idea for @jamesmacm

I read a truly fascinating post at the blog of the British Library for Digitised Manuscripts.
It is about medieval trope of the Three Living and Three Dead.
Given the time of year this is, it is appropriate and helpful!
Excerpt:
The precise origins of … Continue reading

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A priest’s prayers for before and after making his own confession

From an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are dense with old wisdom.
Here are two prayers, in Latin and English, for priests, for before and after they make confession their own confession.
I’ve added accent … Continue reading

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Prayer request for Santa Rosa and Fr. Z makes observations

Last Saturday I was in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, in Napa Valley, CA, to speak at a conference.
At one point I had noticed smoke plumes on the far sides of a large Eastern ridge.  On Saturday evening the other priest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In what scenario would you give Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried?

QUAERITUR:
You wrote in a recent post, “Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried (which in 99.99% of cases would be sacrilege).” Can you tell me what scenario would permit your conscience to give communion to the remarried? I can think … Continue reading

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#LasVegasShooting – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

For some days now I have been avoiding watching news and news commentary shows, etc.  So, through a look at my Twitter feed earlier today, I learned of the horrifying events in Las Vegas.
The usual hysteria is now pouring forth … Continue reading

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Devastated Puerto Rico makes you ponder. PREPARE and GO TO CONFESSION!

Recent storms devastated the electrical grid of Puerto Rico.  Virtually the entire island is without power.  That’s over 3 million people without electricity, water, etc…. for months to come.
Consider what life would be like for you were that to happen where you … Continue reading

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Moving feedback from a “gay” reader

This is the kind of note that make all the flak worthwhile:
A thousand times, thank you for your blog. I’m a Catholic in no small part because of this blog. When I first entered the Church ten years ago, I fell under … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Penance given in confession was too vague

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In line with your recent ASK FATHER postings on Confession, I have a question about vague penance given in Confession. We attend the local TLM and it is difficult to make it to Confession because the lines are always so long. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: During confession can a priest require a criminal to turn herself in?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
EWTN is reporting that the Australian government is trying to make priests mandatory reporters for child abuse, by requiring them to report what they hear in confession. While this is, obviously, a direct assault on the sacrament, it’s … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Validity of absolution of accomplices in sexual sins

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have two questions about c. 977, which bars a priest from absolving an accomplice in sins against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue except in danger of death (on pain of excommunication, per c. 1378).
First, is the … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s words for Card. Meisner’s funeral

Benedict XVI sent a message for the funeral of the late Joachim Card. Meisner, emeritus of Cologne.  For the German, HERE
His words include:
Was mich an den letzten Gesprächen mit dem heimgegangenen Kardinal besonders beeindruckt hat, war die gelöste Heiterkeit, die … Continue reading

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CONTINUED: 100th Anniversary of Fatima Apparitions – 13 July 1917: HELL IS REAL

Today is the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima to the three seers on 13 July.
What happened?
The father of Jacinta and Francisco said that when the 13 July apparition began, a small grayish cloud hovered over the holm oak … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Corruption, sodomy, drugs, infidelity… How can we trust anything from Rome? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

UPDATE:
Feedback from a reader…
In a recent post, you respond to a question about the distress that is caused by the latest homosexual scandal in the Vatican. You pointed out that the enemy will attack, “in particular,” those who have influence over others. Among … Continue reading

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Words from the Last Testament of Joachim Card. Meisner

It seems there is a video going about of Card. Woelki reading from the will of the late Joachim Card. Meisner (most recently known as one of the Four Cardinals of the Five Dubia).
Like everyone, I do not know the hour … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Overhearing someone else’s confession and revealing what you heard

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I recently went to confession in one of those open style baroque confessionals. Afterwards, I found someone directly outside the confessional (where she would have heard what was said by both parties).
I confronted her about it, but she … Continue reading

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Engage in the “Battle for the Eternal Salvation of Souls” – Wherein Fr. Z beats to Quarters

UPDATE: 
So that you don’t miss it, I provide below an explanation of the Holy Father’s oft cited and puzzling maxim “time is greater than space”.  Don’t miss it.
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A young writer at the increasingly helpful – and descriptive – Crisis in a new … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In confession, instead of Act of Contrition, Father asked questions

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I went to confession at a nearby parish recently. This is the first time I’ve done confession with this particular priest. Obviously in a hurry to keep the confession line moving as quickly as possible, [bless him] the priest, rather than … Continue reading

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Sobering memory of a murdered priest and advice renewed

About three years ago, Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, was murdered in Phoenix and another priest badly injured by assault.  Pray for Fr. Walker.  RIP.
At that time I posted the following, which seems no less urgent today than it did then. … Continue reading

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Friday in the Octave of Pentecost: walking away from the pain

The Gospel in today’s Mass in the Extraordinary Form, by which we celebrate the Octave of Pentecost, relates how the Lord healed the paralytic in Luke 5: 17-26:
At that time, it came to pass on one of the days, that … Continue reading

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