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QUAERITUR: Confessional etiquette

From a reader: When going to confession, if you know the priest is a Monsignor (name plate on confessional) would you begin, “Forgive me, Monsignor, for I have sinned,” or stay with the simple, “Forgive me, Father, for I have … Continue reading

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A priest on hearing confessions for three hours

I don’t know if I have mentioned it lately but… GO TO CONFESSION! For that to be possible priests have to get into the box and hear confessions. To this end, I point you to an amusing post by Fr. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Face-to-face confession. Fr. Z rants.

From a reader: I am trying to figure out what was the rationale to change the rite of confession to allow for face-to-face confessions. I have read the documents of Vatican II, but did not see anything there specifically addressing … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Priest walking around outside the confessional, able to see penitents.

From a reader: I went to make confession at a local parish, but saw the priest walking around near the confessional. Since it’s not a priest I wanted to make my confession to, I left to go to another church. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Long confession lines, having only venial sins, and blocking someone else’s chance to confess

From a reader: Last week I was in line for a long time, and finally entered the confessional around 3:25. As I was leaving, the sacristan came in behind me to tell Father it was time to prepare for Mass. There were still … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Priest’s role, duty when someone “misuses” confession

From a reader: When does the Seal of Confession actually take affect in that the priest can’t say anything outside of the Confessional? For example, if someone goes into the confessional/reconciliation room with no intention of confessing, but some form … Continue reading

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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 of … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: I did something stupid when the confessor thought I was a man.

From a readerette: I went to Confession tonight and did something stupid that might have either invalidated it, or possibly was considered a sacrilege, but I’m not sure. I have a slightly embarrassing/awkward/frustrating problem that surfaces from time to time. I’m a … Continue reading

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Waiting and waiting and waaaaaiting in line for confession. Fr. Z rants.

From a reader: If you’re sitting in the box and no one’s coming, double-check to make sure the other side isn’t stuck in the “occupied mode”. Father, I went to confession last night, as did several other people. We patiently … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: What to say if confessing to a bishop, cardinal, pope?

From a reader: If you were confessing to a Bishop or a Cardinal or even the Holy Father would you say “Bless me Bishop” or “Bless me your Eminence” etc etc? Sure.  You could do it that way.  If would … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can I make the Act of Contrition in Latin?

From a reader, edited: Would it be acceptable, when in the confessional, to recite the Act of Contrition in Latin? Over the past several years I have become proficient in a fair number of Latin prayers, including those of the … Continue reading

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THE list again: Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession (and Fr. Z rants)

You and I are going to die someday.  We don’t know when. When we die we will be judged. Scripture teaches, and Christ’s own words and actions make clear, that there are some sins bad enough to kill the life … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: recording my own confession

From a reader: Under stress, my mind goes blank. I find Confession really stressful, so therefore can not mentally absorb the advice of the priest nor remember hardly anything he says afterwards. I feel I am missing a lot of … 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 … Continue reading

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Internal forum/confession and reporting crimes to the state

My friend Fr. Ray Blake, parish priest in Brighton at St. Mary Magdalen has a very good entry on his blog.  To a degree it represents also some of my own reflections in the last few days. Let’s have a … Continue reading

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