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ASK FATHER: Confessor gave a penance I could not do. Was the absolution invalid?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A few weeks ago I went to confession, and after some words of consolation and admonition, Father gave me my penance. He said I had to pray to the Holy Spirit during Lauds and Vespers for a week … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can a priest in the confessional assign AA meetings for penance?

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Can a priest give AA meetings for a overindulgent penitent?
WHAT?!?  Noooo… bad idea.
Look. A priest can, I guess, give whatever penances he can get away with.   If the penance is too onerous or impossible, or too vague … Continue reading

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Penances assigned in confession, memorization, and helping people be less afraid. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I have in the past ranted that priests, when hearing confessions, do well to give simple penances which people can do immediately and then know they are completed.
I have been to confession to priests who assign something too complicated, leaving … Continue reading

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