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From contact to shots fired in 3 seconds

This is the Sword of Damocles that hangs over the heads of law enforcement officers, who deserve our thanks. Here is an amazing video of how cops can go from contact to shots fired in 3 seconds. The reader who … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession before suicide

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I haven’t been to confession in a long time, and I’d like to go soon. But I’ve also been very depressed and considering suicide. So I feel like one of my motivations to go would be to prepare … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z is disgusted

I received this from a reader, photos and text. First, some photos. It’s good to go to confession at this time of the year, please consider doing so.  If it has been many years, no worry, just ask the priest … Continue reading

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Priests and bishops who are probably going to Hell

There is a good piece at Crisis today about the Sacrament of Penance.  It touches on many issues, including availability of confession times, some poorly formed confessors who don’t acknowledge certain sins as sins, and the lack of support some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could the Church make “communal services” the norm for the Sacrament of Penance?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, In John 20:22-24, it says “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest attacked me for how I made my confession.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Today, I went for confession to the capuchins like I usually do. The priests there tend to be great confessors. However, today I had quite a bad experience. I confess in kind and number and I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confessing remembered forgotten sins

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I tend to get very nervous in confession and I do better if I just stick to the script so to speak so I don’t start rambling. Is there a formula for confessing mortal sins that were forgotten … Continue reading

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A prayer for your confessor, the priest to whom you are about to make your confession

In the past I have posted some prayers for priests to say before and after hearing confessions, as well as before and after making their own confessions. Here is a prayer for people to say for the priest, for the … Continue reading

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PLEASE get rid of “reconciliation rooms”!

At Crisis there is an article which argues for the end of “reconciliation rooms”.  I have always called them “lawsuit rooms”. I’ve been arguing for this ever since I could argue anything.   I think he over plays a particular issue but, … Continue reading

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McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Before anything else… Lots of people are really angry, indeed enraged.  Horrid situations such as those caused by men like McCarrick are painful.  We can make choices about how to view them.  Anger is appropriate, but not to the point … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When to make an appointment for confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would it be better (in order for the priest to have more time with the penitent) to make an appointment for confessing VERY grave sins (something even the most lenient person would say needs confessing) or … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Forgetting sins during confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, is it okay if I didn’t said the sin I was about to confess because my mind blocked? I didn’t finished it with the lines “for these and all my sins…” because I got … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession time frustration

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hoping you can help me approach this situation correctly in future. Confession at parish is daily from 11:30 to 12 and mass starts at 12:10. Many times I arrive early and there is already a line so I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest Mumbles Words of Absolution. Fr. Z says: FATHERS! Stop being JACKASSES and do it right!

FATHERS!  This fellow’s note gives another example of why we priests must must must be careful and precise when giving absolution to penitents. Use the prescribed form of absolution in Latin or appropriate vernacular language and say the essential words … Continue reading

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Levity, Severity, the Confessional and YOU!

At First Things there is a good piece about toughness when it comes to preaching and discipline and gentleness in mercy, especially with penitents in the confessional. It is hard for priests to find that balance out en plein air … Continue reading

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