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Of TEOTWAWKI, Your Black Unconfessed Sins, and You

People sometimes think, “Oh, those poor people.  That could never happen here.”
And then it does.
The people in Russia who had the encounter with the bus-size exploding meteor, got up that day just like you did.   Remember that video of … Continue reading

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Bp. Olmsted (D. Phoenix) issues pastoral letter to priests about importance of Confession

From the onset, Fr. Z Kudos to His Excellency Most Rev. Bp. Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix for his new Pastoral Letter on CONFESSIONS!
The letter is called “Apostles of Mercy” and it is directed to the Priests of the Diocese of … Continue reading

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Feedback like this makes it worthwhile

From a reader:
I want to quickly let you know how much I appreciate you constantly pushing confession in your blog. I made my first confession in nearly two and a half years last night, and was finally able to receive … Continue reading

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Getting back around to an old idea: confessions DURING Mass

The discussion of confessions during Mass is hardly new to long-time readers of this blog.  I’ve dealt with it many times.  For example, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, …
This is hardly new also to Catholics who seek out the traditional form of the … Continue reading

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A good way to start the new year of grace would be…

… go to confession.

Make a good and complete examination of your conscience.
Confess all your mortal sins, omitting none, in both kind and number…. number… number!.. to the best of your ability.

Pay no attention to the liberals who belittle the necessity of … Continue reading

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Card. Arinze’s Christmas message on Vatican Radio – first point: confession!

Vatican Radio has been posting short audio messages from Church leaders.  Here is a brief message from the Cardinal Bishop of my own diocese, the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni, His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze, Prefect-Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine … Continue reading

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From a priest about hearing confessions, and reviving the Sacrament of Penance

From a priest:
Blessings and peace to you. I just wanted to add a confessor’s piece to the many penitent’s testimonies that you have been posting. During Advent I have been inviting and pursuing the parish to go to confession. As … Continue reading

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A reader on going to confession

From a reader:
I know you love to hear good things about Confession.  I just wanted to share that I went to Confession today with a most humble, wise, and kind priest.  I was on the verge of a panic attack … Continue reading

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

From a reader:
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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Chesterton in support of Dolan’s call for renewal of confession

As the USCCB meets, I offer this from G. K. Chesterton’s Autobiography (UK link HERE):
When people ask me, or indeed anybody else, “Why did you join the Church of Rome?” the first essential answer, if it is partly an elliptical … Continue reading

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USCCB meeting: Card. Dolan hits it out of the park! (Listen to the audio here.)

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I am pretty cynical about USCCB meetings.  But this time I am pretty fired up.
I just listened to Cardinal Dolan’s address as President of the conference.
In his address His Eminence spoke about Christ, first and … Continue reading

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Priest asks people to go to confession instead of giving him things for Christmas. Huge response.

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Here’s a Year of Faith approach… here’s a New Evangelization project.
This, instead of all the blather, is how it is done.
From a reader I have known for many years:
Your recent post brought to mind an … Continue reading

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Require your parish priests to hear confessions

I heard a song today by one Matthew West that got me thinking about the need to revive the practice of regular sacramental confession.
Lyrics HERE

In part….
[…]
Breathe in deep
Feel your heart still breathing
Let’s go see the reason you’re alive
Oh, you are … 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 this, … Continue reading

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NEW COMET! KABLAM! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE! (Welllll? We are!)

There is a new and very bright comet out there.  Which of course means that it is the end of the world as we know it… maybe.  Maybe not.  In any event, it should be bright! And we might need … 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: Is a penance assigned in confession a canonical obligation?

From a reader:
Dear Fr Z,
I’ve been reading back some of your old entries on penance and the efficacy of sacramental absolution, and they have helped clarify many things, so thank you for that! I do, however, have a few more … 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: Can any priest hear a Confession on an airplane or ship?

From a reader:
Can any priest hear a Confession on an airplane or ship? I know jurisdiction is automatic in emergencies, but what if a passenger was not in immediate danger and simply wanted to confess?
In general, yes.  In the Latin … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Confessions during Mass – revisited

From a reader:
This past Saturday, I experienced several of the issues you have written about regarding going to confession. Seeing it was getting late in the afternoon, I attempted to go to confession at the parish nearest where I was … Continue reading

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