Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

ASK FATHER: Valid absolution from Orthodox priest, but not from SSPX priest?

From a reader…
Quaeritur:
Why is absolution from an Orthodox priest valid but absolution from an SSPX priest invalid? I was told by someone that this is one argument from the SSPX as to why their Confessions are valid.
This won’t satisfy some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Did you desire to completely destroy your relationship with God?” A serious error some priests are into.

From a reader…
Quaeritur:
Recently went to confession at a parish near my new job.  I hadn’t been there ever before. I mentioned the phrase “mortal sin”. The priest said, “I don’t think there was any mortal sin. Mortal sin requires three … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When confessing, do I have to hear, understand the absolution for it to be valid?

From a reader:
A confessor I go to has recently made it his practice to whisper the words of absolution while I am saying the Act of Contrition. The first time he did this I did not catch it and after … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can I change my voice to fool the confessor?

From a reader:
I have a problem. Whenever I go to confession (traditional screened booth), my confessors can recognize my voice, and sometimes indicate that they know it’s me.
I abhor this with a deep purple abhorrence, and am now really self-conscious when I … Continue reading

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Pope: Curial officials should hear confessions

From CNA:
Pope urges Curial officials to hear confessions at local parish
Vatican City, Dec 18, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has strongly encouraged the bishops and cardinals of the Roman Curia to spend time hearing confessions weekly at … Continue reading

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Invention to help hearing-impaired make a good confession

From CBCP News I read a story about a priest who, to facilitate confessions of the people who are hearing/speech impaired, came up with an idea.
Two computers that are hard connected together, no wi-fi, etc., on which penitent and priest confessor … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: “…and my wife said, ‘But that’s a good thing!'”

From a reader:
Since you like to hear of such things…my wife and I are “reverts”.
For about a year now. Last year we made a pact to not miss mass for all of advent, which started us down the path to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on our having lost the “sense of worship”. Fr. Z rants and suggests.

From Vatican Insider:
“A Temple is a place where we gather to worship God, not celebrate a rite”
At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House the Pope said Christians have lost sight of the meaning of worship: “We go to the … Continue reading

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Archbp. Hart (Archd. Melbourne) fights for the Seal of Confession against anti-Catholic statists

From ABC:
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart stands by confessional despite abuse recommendationsThe Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has stood by the church’s stance [good grief] on keeping information on abuse gained through the confessional secret, despite a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry recommending withholding information … Continue reading

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“Let’s go to the movies this afternoon.” Otherwise…

GO TO CONFESSION!
Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession o{]:¬)
We should…
1) …examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;
2) …wait our turn in line patiently;
3) …come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they … Continue reading

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