Posts Tagged ‘Confession’

Catholic ‘seal of the confessional’ upheld as religious liberty issue Comments 0

Friday, March 4th, 2016

A Louisiana judge has ruled that a state law requiring clergy to report child abuse or other crimes learned in the confessional is unconstitutional because it infringes on religious liberty. At issue is a long-running case involving Rebecca Mayeaux, a 22-year-old who claims that when she was 14 she told Fr. Jeff Bayhi, a Catholic Read more

Confession of a girl who came home Comments 0

Friday, February 12th, 2016

This is my confession. I was tricked into accepting God back into my life. Yes, you read that right, I was tricked. Duped. Hoodwinked. Bamboozled – or perhaps more accurately, I was enticed by fireworks. After all, simple things amuse simple minds and as soon as my friend told me they were doing backyard fireworks Read more

Penitents misusing Pope’s words in confessions Comments 0

Friday, February 5th, 2016

An Italian priest is worried at the “quality” of people’s confessions he hears and he believes some penitents are misusing Pope Francis’s words. In a letter to the chiesa website last month, the confessor recounted two instances that illustrated what he believes is a trend. One man, who repented of a series of sins against Read more

Confession: my burden lifted forever Comments 0

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Fulton Sheen is reputed to have said, “Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.” I can’t remember where I read it or why it stuck in my mind, but the words came back to me as I waited in line to make my first confession in more than 20 years. It Read more

Priest broke Confession seal to warn fellow paedophile Comments 1

Friday, December 4th, 2015

An Australian priest broke the seal of Confession to warn a fellow paedophile priest about an altar boy’s abuse complaint. On Monday, during hearings in Melbourne, Australia’s Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard from the victim about the 1968 incident. In the confessional, “BTU” told Fr Wilfred Baker that Fr Ronald Read more

Pope says Church renewal starts in Confession Comments 0

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

The beginning of the renewal of the Church begins in Confession, Pope Francis has told Germany’s bishops. Pope Francis spoke to the German bishops in audience on November 20 and offered a blunt assessment of their nation’s church. The Pontiff said he hoped the Jubilee Year of Mercy might revive the sacraments of Confession and Read more

US diocese converts ambulance into mobile confessional Comments 0

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A US diocese has converted an ambulance into a mobile confessional. The move by Lafayette diocese in Louisiana is for the upcoming Year of Mercy. The ambulance was donated to the diocese. Bishop Michael Jarrell said he hopes this will be a way for more Catholics to be able to confess their sins. “I think Read more

Confession: apologising to God Comments 0

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Make no mistake: converting to Catholicism as an adult after growing up in the Anglican Church is quite a culture shock. It didn’t take me long to discover how the two world views collide at the mention of just one word: Confession. Picture me not so very long ago on the naughty step at Westminster Read more

Horray for cheap grace Comments 0

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

After I flew back to Phoenix and claimed the keys to my new apartment, one of my first acts of settling in was to pay a visit to the Motor Vehicle Department. My passport was my only remaining valid form of identification. Rather than afflict it with new creases and sweat stains, I thought I’d Read more

Ex-priest sexually abused child during her first Confession Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

A former priest in Ireland has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl during her first Confession. John Calnan, 76, was sentenced in Cork to three years in jail, with the final year suspended. He had pleaded guilty to the offending which happened in 1989. Police told the court the girl was preparing for Read more