Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

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, … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Pope Francis says: GO TO CONFESSION!

Pope Francis is nothing if not interesting.   When he goes off text or speaks off the cuff… anything can happen.  The usual result is that we are left stopped in our tracks and scratching our heads, trying to figure … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest couldn’t hear confession in Spanish.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Today I went to confession at a nearby bilingual Novus Ordo parish. The priest was visiting, and informed us that he didn’t speak Spanish and could only hear confessions in English. I know that in the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does the Church “supply” what is lacking in doubtful absolutions?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve heard you say that one of the cruelest things a priest can do is hear your confession and not (at least) say “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis greets Curia for Christmas, and rips them to shreds

Each year it is customary for the Roman Pontiff to meet and greet members of the Roman Curia just before Christmas. The Pope gives an address. Often that address is a kind of “State of the Union”, describing things that … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 21: The state of mortal sin

UPDATED Here is a 5-minute, daily podcast – today for Saturday of the 3rd Week of Advent – to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your personal meeting with the Lord.  We are in that final stretch of Advent … Continue reading

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Christmas shopping, Advent, and You

It is Advent, and we must let Advent be Advent.   It is a time of spiritual preparing for receiving the Lord, who comes now and will come to us in many ways.  In fact, it is a time of … Continue reading

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Rite of Exorcism approved in English

On Aleteia I saw a story about the approval by the US bishops, meeting in plenary sessions now, of the English translation of the more recent, 1999 (revised 2004) rite of Exorcism. 179 to 5 It is of vital importance … Continue reading

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