Posts Tagged ‘Absolution’

Catholic academic calls for no absolution for child abuse Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A Catholic academic in England says Catholic priests should refuse absolution to people who confess to abusing children. Cambridge academic John Cornwell made this call after the Church of England announced it would look at whether abuse admitted in the confessional should stay confidential. Dr Cornwell, who has written a book on Confession and is Read more

Absolution — a short story Comments 0

Friday, August 15th, 2014

When I entered the confessional that day I assumed I would be absolved of whatever transgressions I chose to reveal. From what I’ve been told, Father Charles has never been known to withhold his forgiveness and mercy. He understands the frailties of human virtue. He knows about the appetites of the flesh. In fact, I’ll Read more

Off to Confession – hooray! Comments 0

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

There have been calls from some quarters to reform Confession, and a recent Tablet article listed many reasons why Catholics said they had stopped going. Even a cardinal, Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has called for “proper reform to the sacrament” – an idea Pope Francis has signalled he does not want to look at. Recently I came Read more

Reconciliation could encourage giving, research finds Comments 0

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Encouraging Catholics to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation could have a payoff in the collection plate, according to British research. The study involving a group of devout Catholics found that when they felt absolved of sins and a sense of guilt they were more likely to give generously. Researchers from Royal Holloway College, London, and Read more