His Hermeneuticalness Fr. Tim Finigan has a good explanation of the Seal of Confession over at his excellent blog.  I’ll just drive you over there with this link: CLICK HERE NOW.

I was particularly pleased with Fr. Finigan’s post because he refers to an old manual of theology, Fr Felix Cappello SJ’s Tractatus Canonico-Moralis De Sacramentis Vol II.

This confirms Fr. Finigan as an Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist, and I honor him for it.

In the meantime, buy some Mystic Monk Coffee.  You can drink it from this…

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  1. capchoirgirl says:

    I JUST bought my first two bags of MMC via the link here! Very excited to try it out.

  2. capchoirgirl: I hope you like it. Let us know what kind you bought.

  3. APX says:

    Speaking of Mystic Monk Coffee,
    I have discovered the solution to my K-Cup/Mystic Monk coffee conundrum and can now have Mystic Monk K-cups. I shall be ordering up some Midnight Vigils Blend just as soon as I’m moved, so my landlord isn’t further bombarded with my parcels. I’m hoping on slow Customs mail processing right now, so I get there before my new 1962 Roman Missal does.

  4. Manuals? I eat ’em for breakfast!
    Thanks for the link.

  5. JPD says:


    Does the canonical norm around the secrecy of confession apply to the internal forum of Spiritual Direction?

    [Yes, it is generally understood to apply also to spiritual direction.]

  6. APX: I assume you got the k-cups you can refill yourself.

  7. frival says:

    Might I be so bold as to request travel mugs? This and the Say the Black Do The Red would be wonderful to bring to our RCIA meetings. They might indeed be useful conversation starters.

  8. frival says:

    Oh, and for what it’s worth I’ve been using the Solofil refillable K-cups with Mystic Monk coffee for some time now. I find they brew a slightly stronger cup than the standard Keurig refillable K-cups, but I suppose it’s entirely possible that’s just my experience. If only the good monks made their own K-cups…

  9. frival: I added a few things, including the ceramic travel mug, some stainless steel bottles in different sizes, and a thermal soda can cooler.

    The images don’t have as much coverage as on the mugs.

  10. APX says:

    @Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    APX: I assume you got the k-cups you can refill yourself.

    Refillable k-cups? Are you referring to that refillable single-cup reusable coffee filter, or are there actual k-cups that are refillable that a person can have multiple k-cups of their own coffee on hand?

    I’ve just been saving and cleaning out my old k-cups, so that they can be re-used with specially-designed reusable lids.

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