Posts Tagged ‘Confession’

Canon lawyer asks: When can Catholics confess by phone? Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

If a priest is wearing a mask and standing three or six feet away from a penitent requesting the sacrament of reconciliation, is he really more present to a penitent he knows than he would be by telephone? Maybe, but maybe not, said Father Giorgio Giovanelli, a professor of canon law at Rome’s Pontifical Lateran Read more

Bishop changes phone confession decision Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Confession cannot be heard by telephone says a Peruvian bishop. His decision comes just five days after authorising priests in his diocese to do so. Last week, Bishop Reinhold Nann told priests of his diocese that while they could not hold public Masses or religious services, they could hear sacramental confessions by telephone. He felt Read more

‘Bless me father’ – but from 2 meters away Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Demand for confessions at St. Mary’s in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, has always been high: it’s a centrally-located church with convenient, daily confession times and often multiple confessors. During the parish’s normal 11:30-noon weekday confession times, penitents on their lunch breaks line up, often 20 people or more deep, for absolution and sacramental grace, before returning Read more

Confession Comments 0

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Once more, I take my good friend Jesus to the Theatre of my Life. We are going to see a rerun of the show” The Seven Deadly Sins.” “Not again!” Jesus sighs We sit in comfortable seats near the back of the theatre but even from a distance, the players look tired, more dead than Read more

Indiana Priest Offers ‘Confessions on the Go’ on a Golf Cart Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

A Catholic priest in Indiana is offering putting a new spin on confession—he’s offering it on the back of a golf cart. Father Patrick Baikauskas is director of Campus Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. To better reach the faithful, he’s launched what he Read more

We must not criminalise what is said in the confessional Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

What’s said in the confessional stays in the confessional. It’s been a precept of the church for centuries. Penitents enter the booth to confess their sins and transgressions to a priest to receive spiritual comfort, advice and absolution. A forgiving of the sin in the eyes of God’s representative on Earth. But not in Victoria Read more

Priest’s trial for violating confessional postponed Comments 0

Monday, April 29th, 2019

A long-awaited ecclesiastical trial for a priest who allegedly broke the seal of confession to inform members of a controversial lay group in Italy of a police investigation of their leader for sexual abuse of minors has been postponed indefinitely. The decision has not played well with alleged victims of the group and their families. Read more

India wants to ban confessions to protect women Comments 0

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Church leaders are resisting India’s National Commission for Women’s call to ban confessions. The women’s group says it has proposed the ban because information disclosed in confessions is being used to blackmail the women who confessed it. There should be a federal inquiry into into complaints of rape and sexual assault involving priests, the group Read more

I have a confession – the Catholic Church’s sins Comments 0

Monday, November 27th, 2017

By the time ye are reading this I will possibly be roasting eternally already in the hottest corner of hell for having dreadfully broken the centuries-old sacred tradition of the Seal of Confession of the Catholic Church. Mighty priests and saints were burned at the stake in the past for refusing to break that seal, Read more

Why the seal of the confessional will remain Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published a 2000-page three volume Criminal Justice Report. One of its recommendations is that the states and territories “create a criminal offence of failure to report targeted at child sexual abuse in an institutional context”. If such an offence were created, those of us who Read more