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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after hearing confessions

As I was rooting around for something I posted in the past, I found this which, by coincidence, I posted 3 years ago to the day. Here are the prayers I usually say before and after hearing confessions. They are taken … Continue reading

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The elation of a good confession humbly made

At The Catholic Thing there is a piece by Regis Martin about the Sacrament of Penance. When was the last time you went to confession?  When was the last time you made that good and complete confession of all mortal sins … Continue reading

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Fathers! You are the mighty enemies of our enemy, Hell!

GO TO CONFESSION! What a victory for the demons of Hell it has been to run down the Sacrament of Penance until it is barely thought of in some parishes. Fathers, if you are parish priests and have the obligation … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can absolution be granted when no purpose of amendment exists?

Under another entry here a commentator asked: Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’? No. And No. In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Enervating, paralyzing shame and going to confession

I have occasionally exhorted you to … GO TO CONFESSION! I shall continue to do so. I take seriously my duty to try to keep as many of you out of Hell as I can and get as many as … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession line very slow and Father looks out at people waiting

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In our parish, when our Associate Pastor is hearing Confessions, he comes from behind the screen, opens the door and “greets” each person, in view of all waiting in line, then is very insistent upon hearing … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can “General Absolution” be scheduled in advance?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our Dean plans to hold ‘The Rite of Reconciliation of several penitents with General Confession and Absolution‘ as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In a note inserted in our parish newsletter, [Good… it’s in print.] … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Converts trying to make 1st Confession –

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My family and I are converting to the church from Protestantism. We are a family of six and we have been turned away from confession at multiple churches because the half hour before Vigil and Sunday Mass wasn’t … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is it a sin to laugh or joke when in need of confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it grave matter to laugh or joke when in need of Confession? (That is, when one has committed mortal sin and intends to go to Confession at the next opportunity.) Aristotle points out that man … Continue reading

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Card. Schönborn: “sacraments” in Infamous Footnote 351 means mainly the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation)

The other day Pope Francis told journalists during the airplane presser on his return to Rome from Lesbos that, to understand the controversial bit in Amoris laetitia Infamous Footnote 351, we should have recourse to Card. Schönborn’s address at the presentation of the Post-Synodal Exhortation … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why no confessions on Good Friday or Holy Saturday?

From a reader… I would like to know why many parishes do not offer the Sacrament of Penance on Holy Saturday? There’s only 1 parish in my area that hears confessions on Holy Saturday and I often wonder is there … Continue reading

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Bp. Egan (D. Portsmouth): GO TO CONFESSION!

From the great Bp. Philip Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth (England) comes this! Go to Confession regularly, bishop urges diocese The Bishop of Portsmouth has appealed to his diocese to attend Confession regularly in a pastoral letter, which will … Continue reading

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Robert Micken’s Lutheran conversion may be complete

It seems that Robert Micken’s Lutheran conversion is complete. HERE You recall that Mickens was fired by The Tablet because of his horrid online denigration of Benedict XVI.  HERE Recently, Archbp. Rino Fisichella announced a couple initiatives for the Year of Mercy to boost … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father said say Act of Contrition afterwards. Fr. Z rants… at priests.

From a reader… who recently went to confession! Everyone… GO TO CONFESSION! QUAERITUR: I just went. Yay! After confessing my sins I had a question about a friend who fell away from church. It took 2 minutes, 3 tops. I don’t usually … Continue reading

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Where does “reconcile” come from? UPDATES

I received a couple notes about where the word “reconciliation” comes from. Odd. Anyway, rather than write it all out here is a page from a dictionary of Latin etymology, Ernout Meillet. It derives from ancient words for “call”. Look … Continue reading

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