Tag Archives: sacrament of penance

ASK FATHER: Getting “paid” to go to confession and “selfies” with confessor

From a reader…
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My youth minister has been offering “S.P.Y.S Points” (basically, points that add up to a discount for events like NCYC and Steubenville Conferences) if we go to Confession and take a “selfie” with our confessor. First of all, would getting paid … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father didn’t make Sign of the Cross at absolution

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I went to confession this morning preparation for Ascension Mass, the priest was wonderful, yet when it came to the absolution part, i could see through the holes of the screen that the priest didn’t make the sign of the cross … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a penitent “release” priest from Seal of Confession?

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Father, as a follow up to your recent post on who is bound by the seal of confession, I have two more related questions:
1. Can the penitent release the priest from the seal? I would think not, so as to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: To whom does Seal of Confession apply?

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Does the seal of confession bind the penitent in any way?
Background: Talking with a friend awhile ago I mentioned something I was told in confession. My friend said he was very uncomfortable with this – implying that I was breaking … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: My son’s best friend is Presbyterian

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My son asked me about his best friend a Presbyterian when I told him in response to his question that Presbyterians do not have confession do they not receive forgiveness for their sins do they have all the time.
I told … Continue reading

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Pope Francis did two really cool things

First, yesterday, Pope Francis went to a parish near Ostia (Rome’s ancient port where St. Augustine’s mother, St. Monica, died – today is her feast in the traditional calendar). Before saying Mass, His Holiness heard confessions!
Fathers… hear confession!
Second, the Pope … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can non-Catholics go to confession?

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My mother is a non-Catholic who sometimes attends mass with me (a convert). She has considered entering the Church (her mother–as a side note–became a Catholic in her late 80’s, with me as her sponsor.) A good friend of mine, who … Continue reading

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Feedback and a confessional story

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I went to confession! It had been 10 years. Your encouragement helped me get up the nerve to go. The hardest part was actually going to the church. I wrote down every single thing I wanted to say … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dressing up for confession

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A blessed Holy Week to you! I just had a question about proper attire for confession. We hear a lot about attire for Mass, rightly so, but I’m wondering if we should dress up for other sacraments, like confession? I understand … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confessor interrupted and I didn’t get to confess everything

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This Sunday I went to Confession for the first time in ~2 years. As you always say, I tried to make a good examination of conscience.
One problem is that Father chimed in with comments or advice as I … Continue reading

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