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Priests can indeed decline to hear confessions face-to-face

e must revive the Sacrament of Penance.  Fathers!  Preach about it!  Also, make sure that you have usable confessionals. Via California Catholic: Confessionals required in every parish Sacramento diocese reminds parishes they must “provide a fixed grille between the penitent and … 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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Labor Day of Love: “How I am to approach the Sacrament of Penance?”

Some of you denizens of these USA might be experiencing a buzz in your head as we approach the Labor Day weekend. You have, perhaps, lots of preparations for this unofficial end of summer activities which have to be squeezed … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confessions during Mass – followup

Not long ago I answered a question about why priests might not offer opportunities for confession on feast days.  HERE  As part of that entry we moved into the issue of priests hearing confessions during Mass (not the celebrant, obviously). … 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: Why no confessions on a feast day?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At the end of today’s mass (Feast of the Assumption), the priest announced no confessions would be heard because “Sundays and solemnities are joyous occasions, so we don’t hear confessions.” I was dismayed. I find reconciliation … 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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Ingenious lights for portable confessional

The Sacrament of Penance has been devastated far and wide due to decades of neglect from bishops and priests.   However, in some places it is being revived.  Young priests especially are giving it some new impetus and some bishops … Continue reading

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Pope Francis heard confessions in St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis does things that annoy me, that puzzle me, that surprise me and that please me. Today was one of the later.  He could stick to this sort of thing, in my book! Everyone… GO TO CONFESSION! From The Daily … 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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The Continuity of Examinations of Conscience

His Hermeneuticalness, my good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, has reposted his good Examen pamphlets.  Perpend: Confession leaflets back online People quite often ask me for the confession leaflets that I published on the website of my previous parish. Fr Zuhlsdorf … Continue reading

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Examination of Conscience resources from a rock-solid, reliable priest!

I am often asked for a good Examination of Conscience resource, or Examen. Some time ago my good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, had posted on the website of his former parish 3 good PDFS for a small trifold … 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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ASK FATHER: Priest asks for name during confession

From a reader… What should I say when a priest, while in the confessional, wants to know my name? Or a priest that holds the belief that by knowing me personally he, by hearing my confession, will help me be … Continue reading

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