Tag Archives: sacrament of penance

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

From a reader… QUAERITUR: 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, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: To whom does Seal of Confession apply?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: 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 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: My son’s best friend is Presbyterian

From a reader… 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. … 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, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can non-Catholics go to confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: 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 … Continue reading

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Feedback and a confessional story

From a reader… 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 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dressing up for confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: 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? … Continue reading

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

From a reader… QUAERITUR: 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 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can confessions be heard during Mass in the Extraordinary Form?

From a reader: Is it appropriate for a priest to be hearing confessions while Extraordinary Form Mass has started? My priest seemed to think it was never done in the “old” days as he called it. Yes, confessions were often … Continue reading

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Both kind and number

From a reader: A positive anecdote from the penance service from my parish last night (a different parish than the aforementioned one): The retreat master (a Jesuit) was prepping the penitents for confession and said “…AND I DON’T WANT TO HEAR … Continue reading

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JUBILEE YEAR ANNOUNCED – OF MERCY!

On the 2nd anniversary of his election to the See of Peter, Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year “of Mercy”. The Jubilee will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on the 8 December 2015, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession and absolution via text message? Phone? VOIP?

A question pops up once in a while and I have dealt with it before.  Can you be absolved over the phone or by internet?  NO.  That would be INVALID. I was alerted to this post at the site of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Stole-less confession. Okay?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Does a priest have to wear a stole during confession? I surprised a priest and asked for confession and he did without a stole. No, a priest does not have to wear a stole. The stole is … Continue reading

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GO TO CONFESSION… in Cleveland! 4 March UPDATE! Not only Cleveland.

I received this from a reader: I am visiting my company in the Cleveland Diocese this week and I heard at mass yesterday that the entire diocese, every single church, will be having confessions from 5-8pm on March 4. What … Continue reading

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Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests promotes “General Absolution”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I saw a piece at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about a request of the Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests to the USCCB’s Pres. Archbp. Kurtz.  The Ass. of U.S. Catholic Priests have requested: expanded opportunities for sacramental confession and reconciliation … Continue reading

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