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A priest’s prayers before and after making his own confession

Firstly, animi caussa, 1st Vesper for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost from the Breviarium Romanum.  Try HERE More for the brethren. Here is something I haven’t posted for a while.  It’s from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before … Read More

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ASK FATHER: The priest said, “I forgive you” and not “I absolve you”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is my confession valid if the Priest says, “I forgive you” instead of “I absolve you”? Everything else sounded normal. Thank-you Once again we have an example of some jackass priest who thinks he is being … Read More

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ASK FATHER: If the priest says an invalid absolution and I drop dead after… what happens to me?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, a question – if a penitent is in a state of mortal sin, and they go to confess their sins to a priest, and the penitent does everything necessary on their part for the sacrament … Read More

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ASK FATHER: When giving me absolution, Father did not say “ALL your sins”. Was that invalid?

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: At my last Confession, during the absolution, the priest said: “I absolve you from your sins, in the name, etc.” Note that he did not say “from ALL your sins”. Does this mean the absolution is … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can priests refuse to hear confessions face to face?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: A bishop made a comment about saying that a priest doesn’t have the power to deny a penitent face to face confession. In other words, a bishop basically said “ a priest can’t override a penitent … Read More

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ASK FATHER: I forgot to confess a detail about a mortal sin. Do I have to re-confess everything?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know we must confess mortal sins in kind and number and the details which change the nature of the sin. I confessed a set of past sins and mentioned an important detail which changed the … Read More

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LENTCAzT 2021: 03 – Friday after Ash Wednesday: “St. Charles Borromeo went to confession every day.”

For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.  The Roman Station today is Ss. Giovanni e Paolo. Today … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can confessors in any way act upon information they receive in confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can confessors in any way act upon information they receive in confession? While looking up information regarding the seal of confession, I came across a reference to a fifteenth-century English canonist, William Lyndwood. He states that … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Making a General Confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Watching the signs of our times and considering my life, I feel God is calling me to make a general Confession. So I set the date for next Tuesday, but I am in need of some … Read More

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“Today I made my first Confession in over 30 years”

From a reader… Father, if you need some good news, today I made my first Confession in over 30 years. Despite twisting myself into anxious knots for days beforehand, it all went very easily and Father was very kind and … Read More

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ASK FATHER: A priest complains about another priest’s form of absolution in his confession

From a priest reader… QUAERITUR: At the risk of testing your patience . . . is it valid if the Priest (after improvising the first half of the absolution formula) says: “I absolve you from all the sins of your … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest gives absolution while I am saying Act of Contrition

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In all the time I have gone to confession, I say the Act of Contrition, and then the priest absolves me. However, the priest at my new parish does Absolution at the same time I am … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Form of absolution was just “I absolve you OF your sins” instead of “FROM your sins”.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: if the priest says” of your Sins, instead of “from your Sins” in absolution would the Absolution still be valid and if it is valid could you explain where of and from differ or were they … Read More

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New layers of stupid emerge during COVID-1984: violation of anonymity of penitents seeking Confession

COVID-1984 Melodrammavirus is bringing out new layers of stupid, hitherto theorized, but not yet experienced. On Fakebook I saw: Really? Now I read this at Stream: I Went to Confession. Was Asked to Give My Name for Contact Tracing. I … Read More

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Wherein a seriously annoyed Fr. Z rants – UPDATED

UPDATE Concerning something I ranted about below, I read this at CNA: Updated: Springfield, Mass. diocese rescinds policy permitting nurses to anoint Thanks be to God. One hour after the publication of the story below, the Diocese of Springfield informed … Read More

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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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