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ASK FATHER: A dying man’s confession, death and YOU.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My father-in-law recently passed away. Before he died, he received Last Rites and a confession, but my wife is concerned about the validity of the confession. He suffered from a couple of strokes before he died, which took away … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Marriage problem, bad confession experience train wreck

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr. Z, I came upon your blog after a very disappointing encounter at church today and in a way, I was looking for some kind of comfort. Please bear with me as I attempt to … 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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Wherein Fr. Z gives a gift to his brother priests, confessors

Today I watched the video of the Pope who made his own confession before hearing the confessions of others. HERE That juxtaposition brought forcefully into my mind both the prayers I usually say before and after making my own confession, … Continue reading

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Confessions to be heard for 24 hours in….

Fr. Z kudos to the Archbp. of San Antonio. From the Express-News: Confessions to be heard for 24 hours at downtown church SAN ANTONIO — The sacrament of confession will be offered for 24 hours straight by a team of … Continue reading

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Help from Chinese readers? Act of Contrition.

From a Chinese reader who asks for help: I am a Chinese Catholic and many of our prayers are translations from some original Latin edition. One of the most beautiful is the traditional Act of Contrition which is still commonly … Continue reading

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29-30 March: Francis announces days of penance and prayer for Rome

Pope Francis talks about going to confession.  He talks about confession a lot.  As a matter of fact, he talks about more than his predecessors did. Now comes this. From CNA: Vatican City, Mar 23, 2014 / 06:38 am (CNA).- … 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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Canonist Ed Peters tears up anti-Catholic John Cornwell’s falsehoods about Pius X and confession

The Canonical Defender is back!  Canonist Ed Peters has taken it on himself to correct a few of the myriad – and I suggest purposeful – errors/lies in John Cornwell’s new anti-Catholic hit job. Remember how Cornwell distorted the record … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do the faithful have the right to make a confession anonymously?

From a priest: Do the faithful have the right to anonymous confession? If anonymous confession is not available, are they excused from confession until they can get to an anonymous confession? Do priests have a right to anonymous confession? Can … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Father had an iPad in the confessional!

From a reader: My daughter came home from confession last night and said Fr. M was using his Ipad during her confession. She was behind the wall/grate but you can easily see through it. She also heard him whispering while … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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