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Note from the Apostolic Penitentiary on the Confessions, the Sacrament of Penance in the COVID-19 pandemic

This is from the Penitenzieria Apostolica, the tribunal of the Holy See which is concerned with matters of the internal forum and the granting of indulgences. First, this is a NOTE.  It doesn’t change anything, but it clarifies. It repeats … Read More

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In time of Coronovirus a priest foolishly suggests confession by phone. FAIL!

UPDATE 28 March 2020: The CDW instructed the USCCB that mobile phones should not be used to amplify vocal exchanges between confessor and penitent, when the penitent is at least a little distant from, but still with, the priest.  CNA … Read More

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ASK FATHER: I might be contagious. Would it be a sin to go to confession to an elderly priest?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Given that the priests at the chapel where I typically confess are all rather elderly and at high risk should they become infected, would it potentially be morally problematic to go to confession and put them … Read More

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ASK FATHER: What about confession if the virus gets really bad and we are all locked down?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I just read that Italy is taking the measure of locking down the entire country, 60 million people, until 3 April.  I don’t know if this is irrational panic or not.  Let’s say that it is.  … Read More

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PRIESTS! BISHOPS! ACTION ITEM! Ideas, some novel, some not so novel, for increasing CONFESSIONS

Have I ever urged you … GO CONFESSION! Yes, I believe I have. I have also urged priests and bishops to preach, teach, admonish, in season and out, about the Sacrament of Penance and to hear confessions.  Get into the … Read More

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VIDEO contrasts participants in March for Life and Women’s March

LifeSite posted this fascinating, predictable, video.   But an image is worth a thousand words. Listening to the view of the other side in this video is like witnessing the autopsy of long dead cadaver in really bad shape. You can … Read More

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Worried about Coronavirus? Feed your anxiety, and commonsense. – UPDATED

UPDATE 31 Jan 2020: We’ve learned that, in Chicago, there is a case of human to human transmission of the virus.  W.H.O. declared an emergency. Today I read. Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte says the first two coronavirus cases have … Read More

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Death, #KobeBryant, and You

You will hear a great deal in the next few days about the early death of basketball star Kobe Bryant, who seems to have been a practicing Catholic.   It might even bump some impeachment coverage off the waves. A death … Read More

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To save the world, we have to save the liturgy. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

My mantra in these electronic pages for years was and is and will be “Save The Liturgy, Save The World“. Sounds odd at first? Consider that of all the relationships we have, that which we have with God is and … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Why can’t I confess my sins to God and not the priest?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: if god forgives sins why cant i confess my sins to god and ask god to forgive me does that suffice for confession This is one of the oldest and most common Protestant objections to the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: A priest gave me a penance in confession that was too hard

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Long ago I went to confession and was given and reluctantly agreed to\ a rather onerous penance not required by justice. I didn’t end up doing it after thinking about it for a while and went … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Is the will really “fixed” at death or do we get another chance?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is death truly definitive in terms of divine judgement? There is a priest who spoke on the Patrick Coffin show (Fr. Chris Alar) that says that after we die we are given a chance to choose … Read More

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Advent is here again. ACTION ITEM!

GO TO CONFESSION! Advent is more about the Second Coming of the Lord than the first.  Do penance to celebrate well the First Coming of the Lord at Bethlehem.  That will include also a thorough examination of conscience.   Then… GO … Read More

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Wherein Fr. Z maps weird things, connects dots, rants a lot, and offers an ACTION ITEM!

Yesterday evening I wrote about “creeping incrementalism” which can manifest in different ways, namely, the slow removal of things, until something is changed, and the slow addition.  Think of removing grains from a heap of sand until there is now … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Am I still forgiven if I don’t to my assigned penance?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I saw a tweet about a question on confession.  The person said the penance she got from the priest in confession was hard but she didn’t completely do it.  She wanted to know if she was … Read More

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ASK FATHER: How to “activate” or “invoke” the Sacrament of Confirmation?

From a reader under another post: How exactly does one “activate” or “invoke” the Sacrament of Confirmation? Firstly, make a really good examination of conscience.  Then, GO TO CONFESSION!  Follow up with a devout Holy Communion. Then, if you have … Read More

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A revert and the power of a good confession: “I left like a new man.”

From the site of my friend Marcus Grodi, the Coming Home Network Carlos Zamora was raised Catholic, and went to confession a few times, but never took it seriously. When he returned to the Church later in life, and finally … Read More

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Initiative of Prayer and Fasting from now through October 2019 (and the Synod)

A call has been issued by Card. Burke and Bp. Schneider to fast one day a week and, daily, to recite one decade of the Holy Rosary in the lead up to, the prosecution of, and the immediate aftermath of … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Did Francis say something heretical about God and our sins?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: You always [write] about going to confession and that’s great!  But I read in a Catholic Herald article that in a speech about confession Pope Francis said that God ‘forgets’ our sins.   How can that be?  Is … Read More

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“This is the time God chose for us. Get up off the ground!” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Time for A Rant. I know that many of you readers are upset by what is going on in the Church.  May I repeat some advice? Remember that Popes come and go.  There are good Popes and bad Popes, important … Read More

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