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Different confessional practices/customs around the world

Under another entry concerning “confessional etiquette” a commentator raised the good point that people from different language/ethnic backgrounds have different formulae for beginning and ending their sacramental confessions.
Most Americans of a certain age learned to begin “Bless me Father, I … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Confessional etiquette

From a reader:
When going to confession, if you know the priest is a Monsignor (name plate on confessional) would you begin, “Forgive me, Monsignor, for I have sinned,” or stay with the simple, “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned?”
There … Continue reading

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Pope Francis heard confessions in a parish before Mass

On several occasions Pope Francis has spoken about the importance of the Sacrament of Penance.
Remember: Our Lord Himself established the Sacrament of Penance.  This is the ordinary means by which JESUS desires you to ask for forgiveness of sins.
During Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Disasters, Death, and You

Terrible things happen to people through natural disasters or attacks or human error. We now see the images virtually in real time splashed on our screens.
Misery, loss, pain come in the blink of an eye to people who, the day … Continue reading

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If you build confessionals, people will come … and use them

At Religion News Service there is something about confession and confessionals.
Putting real confessionals in churches… that’s what I call promoting the New Evangelization.
Let’s have a look at this excellent brick by brick story.
DERBY, Conn. (RNS) The Rev. Janusz Kukulka can’t … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on sin, the virtue of feeling shame, and confession

Pope Francis continues to talk about sin and confession.
I have no idea if Francis’ little fervorini are going to wind up published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis, but they have some real meat.  He is speaking more or less “a braccio“, … Continue reading

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“From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord.”

After the Boston bombings I posted about the serious prayer which all Catholics should say:
“A subitanea et improvisa morte… From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord.”
A sudden death can be a blessing.
A sudden and unprovided death is a horrifying … Continue reading

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READER FEEDBACK: Going to confession and first Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader down-under:
Thank you for the work you do as I have learnt much from your blog. I have been to Confession twice recently, having put it off until the constant encouragement from you helped me to go.
Tonight I … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and confessions (and liberals)

Liberals are crowing about how wonderful Pope Francis new liturgical style is.  ”Everyone should imitate him!”, they exalt.
Okay, my little friends, hearing confessions, the Sacrament of Penance, is LITURGY.
Here is something I picked up from Catholic World News.  This is … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: “keep the light on in the confessional and are available, then you will see what kind of line there is”

A couple interesting details in this story from Vatican Radio.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis had lunch with seven Roman priests on Thursday after celebrating the Chrism Mass in the Vatican Basilica. The meal took place in the apartment of Archbishop Angelo … Continue reading

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