Tag Archives: sacrament of penance

ASK FATHER: When to make an appointment for confession

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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 should you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Forgetting sins during confession

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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 a little … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession time frustration

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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 do not make … 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 in … 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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ASK FATHER: Absolution at jail through glass, phone in visitor’s room

From a priest…
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I’m a priest who occasionally gets asked to hear confessions in a jail where the only way to speak to a person is through glass and a telephone headset. Without using the phone, one can barely hear the other talking through … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 26 – 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare: Benedict XVI on confession

Today is the 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare Sunday.   The Roman Station is Santa Croce in Gerusaleme. 
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 22 – Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent: POWER!

Today is Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is San Sisto.
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in your own … Continue reading

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Making the Church appealing. What “sells”?

When it is time to draw people in, do those in charge show ugly modern churches bereft of statues, windows and obviously Catholic elements?   SURE they do!
When it is time to make a movie and portray something about the … Continue reading

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Singing and confession – Just Too Cool!

When I was very young, I used to curl up with the dictionary.  One word would lead to another and to another.  I wound up building my vocabulary as if by capillarity.
I sometimes do this with tweets, specially with the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Would anything prevent a priest from always using the traditional formula of absolution?

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The reformed Rite of Penance added a whole bunch of stuff to the rite of confession—optional Scripture readings and so on—but I have never seen any of it used, even non-optional parts like how the priest should supposedly … Continue reading

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Card. Müller on authority of Popes, possibility of others correcting contradictory papal teachings

Back in December, First Things published a piece by the former Prefect of the CDF, Gerard Ludwig Card. Müller on the sacrament of penance. His observations on objective sin and subjective guilt, about knowledge, etc., are germane to a whole raft … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If I remember a sin after confessing, should I interrupt the priest and tell him?

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If in Confession I forget a mortal sin (I do examine my conscience but my memory is bad), but then remember AFTER having told the priest that I have finished confessing, and he is talking, should I interrupt … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If I confess to watching porn, must I say it was homosexual porn?

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Father, recently the catechist at our parish said that, when making our confessions, we ought to mention anything that might aggravate or mitigate the gravity of our sins, so that the confessor can get a clearer idea of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I tell a noisy penitent that we can hear everything said in the confessional?

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There is a young lady who regularly takes a very long time in Confession (25-30 minutes, sometimes longer). She is not making a long confession, and it’s not the priest spending long amounts of time giving her counsel. … Continue reading

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