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QUAERITUR: Priest denied me absolution, because I, a convert, am married to a non-Christian

From a reader:
I converted to the Catholic faith years ago from a Muslim background.
My husband was also Muslim at the time. He is atheist/agnostic now and I don’t see him ever converting. A priest denied me absolution a month ago … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is absolution in Latin encouraged?

From a reader:
I went to Confession the other day before a Tridentine Mass, and the confessor said the prayers of absolution in Latin. I know this is permitted, but is it encouraged in the same way as Latin in the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Form of absolution was just “I absolve you of your sins.”

From a reader:
I went to confession at a neighboring parish that had recently received a 70-something priest who I know to be a bit free-wheeling as far as anything liturgical or doctrinal. This made me nervous going, but I needed … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Hard-of-hearing priest confessor. Was I absolved?

I love the fact that we have a human dimension to Holy Church.  We are a Church of flawed sinners, of weak people susceptible to the attacks and problems of the world the flesh and the devil.  Our Lord gave … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: I don’t know if the priest gave me a penance during confession. Are my sins forgiven?

From a reader:
Father,
I went to Confession this weekend and the confessor was a man with a very thick [FOREIGN] accent. On top of that, while pronouncing the absolution he seemed… a little out of it (that sounds like a bit … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Priests, valid absolution of sins, and the faculty to receive sacrament confessions

From a reader about something I raised HERE.
In a recent post you wrote, “bishops and priests have Christ’s own power to forgive sins and they do so validly with the Church’s permission, indicated by a ‘faculty.’” Does this mean that … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Priest says I was forgiven when I got into the confessional.

From a reader:
I went to confession on Good Friday at my parish Church. I had a new Priest who I had never seen before, a Jesuit, [Oh dear.] young, [Oh dear oh dear.] from south Asia [Oh dear oh dear … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Too many people for confession. Priest gives General Absolution.

From a reader:
This past Saturday afternoon, I went to confession (or, rather, I tried to go to confession). The good news is that the line was full of penitents. There were at least 25 people waiting in front of me … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Act of Contrition in Latin. Okaaayyy.

Every once in a while I get an email asking for the Act of Contrition in Latin.
I am not sure why one would want to say her Act of Contrition in Latin.  It seems to me that the Act is … Continue reading

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Saturday confession reminder

It is Saturday during Lent.
Please think about going to confession.
You might consider offering to give a ride to someone who is shut-in or without transportation.

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BISHOPS & PRIESTS: a revival of the Sacrament of Penance is critical for a revival of our Catholic identity.

It is critical to our identity as Catholics to revive the use of the Sacrament of Penance. I think there are some moves in that direction on the part of younger priests, but we need also a grassroots effort … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Help! I don’t know if I was absolved of helping with an abortion.

From a reader:
Father, back in a “former life” I committed the grave sin of assisting a young lady I knew in grad school to commit an abortion. I regretted it from the start and within a year I had gone … Continue reading

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Go to confession. This guy did!

I post the following email from a reader not so much because this blog helped someone to get back to confession as… well… errrr… because this blog helped someone get back to confession.
Now I post this as an example to … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Why don’t priests use the Apostolic Pardon for the dying?

From a reader:
I understand that the Sacrament of the anointing is not the same as the apostolic pardon. Why is it that some priests do not say those words for this pardon and give both the blessing and the pardon? … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Long distance sacramental absolution of sins? No.

Subsequent to my review of the new iPhone app to help with (not substitute for) sacramental confession and absolution of sins, I have received some questions about absolution over the internet and even some challenges proposing that it is valid.
No.  … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: priest adds a word to words of absolution

From a reader:
Father, i went to confession this afternoon and instead of the usual “I absolve you from your sins…” the priest said instead, “I now absolve you from your sins…”. Was my confession valid?
Yes, it was valid.
In a sense, … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: confessor without a stole, outside a confessional

From a reader:
Today I was reading “Pardon and Peace” by Fr. Randolph, and he writes “Church law requires that confessions should normally be heard in a proper confessional” and that for hearing confessions “a priest should always wear a purple … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: about what a priest said for absolution

From a reader:
This past weekend I went to a nearby church for confession.  When I was done confessing, the priest didn’t start out with the customary "God the Father of mercies…"  He went into an alternate prayer that concluded with: … Continue reading

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