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ASK FATHER: Confession on a train when going through another diocese

From a reader… A priest from Diocese X and a lay person travel by train to some place.  During the trip the latter feels the need to confess sacramentally. The train at that moment is in Diocese Y, where the priest has no … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Another nitwit priest changes words of absolution. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: During my recent confession, the words the priest used to absolve me was: “I release you from your sins in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” Is it a big deal saying “release” … Continue reading

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POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE] The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016. It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The Apostolic Pardon and You

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What does apostolic pardon mean? The Apostolic Pardon, or Benediction, forgives temporal punishment due to our sins, not the sins themselves. If anything remains from our lives, provided we die in the state of grace, for … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m haunted. Was I not really absolved? Am I still excommunicated?

Fathers and seminarians, pay attention! From a reader… The Pope is sending out special priests who can absolve abortion. Does this mean that priests are giving absolution for something they cannot? Is the absolution then invalid? What does that mean for reception of … Continue reading

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Feedback and a confessional story

From a reader… I went to confession! It had been 10 years. Your encouragement helped me get up the nerve to go. The hardest part was actually going to the church. I wrote down every single thing I wanted to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dressing up for confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: A blessed Holy Week to you! I just had a question about proper attire for confession. We hear a lot about attire for Mass, rightly so, but I’m wondering if we should dress up for other sacraments, like confession? … 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 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father gave me a penance that discouraged me.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am struggling with food and alcohol addiction. After confessing this, my penance was to fast the next day after such indulgences. I was discouraged. My confessor did not know my circumstances. I have successfully done … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Kids told to confess one sin only.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At a local youth rally, the kids were told to confess one of their sin in the confessional. There were multiple priests present along with the bishop. Are their sins forgiven? First, if that recounting is … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: GO TO CONFESSION!

What is it I have been shouting? From CNA: Pope: Be courageous, go to confession Vatican City, Feb 19, 2014 / 04:57 am (CNA).- During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter’s Square to receive the … Continue reading

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Again about validity of absolutions by SSPX priests

A priest reader sent me a link to an article on the site of The Remnant, which is I believe a bi-monthly newspaper staunchly on the traditional side of our Catholic spectrum.  The article in question concerns the validity of … Continue reading

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” After a 16 year absence I returned to the Sacrament of Holy Confession this evening.”

From a reader in my email: Message: Dear Fr. Z, My sincere thanks and gratitude to you for your ministry. After a 16 year absence I returned to the Sacrament of Holy Confession for the first time this evening. After … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Confession to an SSPX priest a sin?

From a reader: While doing research I came across something that said that one of the faithful who knowingly receives a Sacrament from a priest without faculties commits a sin. I have always attended SSPX chapels and gone to confession … Continue reading

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Chesterton in support of Dolan’s call for renewal of confession

As the USCCB meets, I offer this from G. K. Chesterton’s Autobiography (UK link HERE): When people ask me, or indeed anybody else, “Why did you join the Church of Rome?” the first essential answer, if it is partly an … Continue reading

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