Posts Tagged ‘Confession’

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

Maybe it’s time to rethink how we do confession Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017
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In the BBC remake of G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown mystery novels, the intrepid title character sometimes makes use of certain special knowledge when sleuthing crimes. This particular superpower is not the result of radioactive mutation or dark magic. It has to do with his priesthood, but it is not the Holy Spirit, exactly. It Read more

Confession in Australia may not remain sealed Comments 3

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Whether what is heard in confession stays in confession is being considered by the Australian Royal Commission investigating sexual abuse. Throughout the hearings the Royal Commission has heard a number of perspectives on this issue. For example, a priest (later jailed) said while continuing to abuse his victims he confessed his paedophilia several times. When asked Read more

US priest hears man’s confession at gunpoint Comments 0

Friday, July 1st, 2016

A priest reportedly heard a man’s confession at gunpoint in an Ohio church on June 11. The priest said that after confession started, the man pulled a gun out and pointed it before sitting down. But the man issued no threats, the priest said. “I’ve never done confession with somebody pointing a gun at me Read more

Divorced demand absolution following Pope’s document Comments 2

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Early reaction to Pope Francis’s recent document on family life has seen some divorced and remarried Catholics demanding absolution at an Italian cathedral. This was stated in an article by major penitentiary at Milan Cathedral, Msgr Fausto Gilardi, a translation of which was published on the Crux website. In the article, he mentioned the reaction to a Read more

Signs Pope might extend SSPX Confession authorisation Comments 0

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Pope Francis has reportedly promised to extend indefinitely his recognition of Confessions heard by priests of the traditionalist Society of St Pius X. Last September, Francis decreed that during the Holy Year of Mercy, anyone who confesses their sins to an SSPX priest will be considered validly forgiven. Now, SSPX superior Bishop Bernard Fellay has Read more

95-year-old friar walked miles while hearing confessions Comments 0

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three and a half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in Brazil. The walk that took place Feb. 28 in the northeast Brazilian Archdioceses of Fortaleza and Salvador de Bahia. More than 200,000 people walked five miles in the Penitential Walk. Many of Read more