Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

Off duty London cop v. Islamic terrorists

An off-duty cop “rugby tackled” one of the London “Religion of Peace” terrorists.
From BBC:
[…]
An off-duty policeman – an amateur rugby player – was stabbed after tackling one of the three attackers. He remains in critical condition.
Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick praised … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What if we are alive when Christ returns?

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:
Is it true that we will all die? If Jesus comes at this very moment many people will be alive. Do we die before going to hell or Heaven?
First, we don’t know exactly what is going to happen, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Am I obliged to do the strange penance Father gave during confession?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When I went to confession the priest asked me to watch a certain movie for my penance. I have done a search for it but what I found (trailers) seems contrary to the faith, very progressive/liberal ideas. Am … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: It’s hard to be a part of a bitter community.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My friend and I have been attending Mass in the EF for several years. We are the pioneer “young ” adults in our Latin Mass community. We were discussing the other day how both of us haven’t really … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The benefits of sacraments in the state of mortal sin

From a reader…
I’ve recently learned that the graces of the sacrament of marriage are not received until or unless the person is in a state of grace.
Looking back at my own life, how blind and foolish I was, this got … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to go to confession to an SSPX priest

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I now happen to live 10 minutes’ walk from the local FSSPX chapel here in London.
I don’t intend to make it my customary place for Mass (tempting as that is) unless and until a regularisation occurs – and … Continue reading

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Reader Feedback

I appreciate notes and feedback, especially like this.
From a reader…
I *finally* took the advice that you keep hammering into the readers of your blog and went to confession last evening, a year since my last confession. I’m glad I did, … Continue reading

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Of Prisoners and Devotions

If we want to succeed in our initiatives in the Church, initiatives directed both ad intra and ad extra, we must revitalize our Catholic identity.  To revitalize our Catholic identity, we need, first and foremost, a renewal of our sacred liturgical worship, primarily … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In confession, must we say which sins are mortal, which venial?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I know, to make a good confession, we need to confess mortal sins and the number of times we committed the sins. But I am often confused about whether a sin I committed is mortal or not. So … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after making confessions

A while back I posted prayers in Latin and English which a priest confessor might use before and after hearing sacramental confessions.  These prayers are from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after hearing confessions

As I was rooting around for something I posted in the past, I found this which, by coincidence, I posted 3 years ago to the day.
Here are the prayers I usually say before and after hearing confessions.
They are taken from a … Continue reading

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BAD REASON #873 for not going to confession

From the 24 March 2017 print edition of The Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly… for which I, by the way, write a a rather unheralded short weekly column.  The title: Omnium Gatherum

BAD REASON #873 for not going to confession when you know you … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s take on the Pope’s remarks to Chilean Bishops

People are asking me in email what I think of the Pope’s alleged statements to Chilean bishops making their ad limina visit.  Apparently the Holy Father told them, as reported by the UK’s best Catholic weekly The Catholic Herald (for which I write a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Telling a lie during confession

I have had a couple questions along these lines, so I present something I have written before.  (I have answer a lot of questions here, after all.)
From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is it a mortal sin if one accidentally lies in Confession about a … Continue reading

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Pope Francis GOES TO CONFESSION!

I see at Vatican Insider that there was a penitential service at St. Peter’s Basilica.  We have once again the image of a Pope making his confession, not hearing confessions.

Meanwhile, Francis addressed a gathering of the extremely-helpful annual workshop for confessors … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Lent (1962MR): “When the priest’s hand extends over you, you are sheltered from the attacks of Hell.”

In ancient Rome on this 3rd Sunday, catechumens who desired to enter Holy Church and be baptized at Easter would be lead in a great procession to the Basilica of St. Lawrence “outside-the-walls” where they had been on Septuagesima Sunday.  … Continue reading

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Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some people are excused because they’re hard! Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Look. I’m the first one to admit that I am a sinner.  I sin and I go to confession with a firm purpose of amendment.  When I fall, I get back up, again with a firm purpose of amendment.  I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t make Sign of the Cross when giving absolution

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Whether an absolution is valid if the priest prays the form of the sacrament correctly, but does not make the sign of the cross.
This might just be scruples, but recently, I went to confession to a priest who … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: I typically go to confession “when needed”…

From a reader…
Narratur:
I know of your constant preaching about the need for confession, and so I thought to share my experience today.
I typically go to confession “when needed,” meaning when I perceive I have sinned in a grave matter, or … Continue reading

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Serious priest taking it to the streets

Note that this priests says Mass for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri.  They’re apostolate is to pray for priests and bishops.  I hope they pray for me. They have wonderful discs of music.   Speaking of … Continue reading

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