Posts Tagged ‘Confirmation’

Mafia godfathers banned from baptisms Comments 0

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Mafia godfathers – bosses of the scandalous crime syndicates – have been banned from standing as godparents at baptisms or as sponsors at confirmations. Sicilian Archbishop Michele Pennisi, an outspoken Mafia critic, says he wants to challenge the idea that crime bosses have a paternal side. “The Mafia has always taken the term godfather from Read more

Don’t celebrate Confirmation as the sacrament of leaving the Church Comments 0

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

There’s an old joke about two pastors discussing the problem of bats in the attic of their respective churches. “I’ve tried everything,” Father Brown complains to Father Smith. “Exterminators, electric wires, traps, poison—everything—but I just can’t seem to get rid of them.” Father Smith smiles and says, “Don’t worry. I have found the perfect solution. Read more

Confirmation seen as graduation out of the Church Comments 0

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Honolulu diocese is planning to return to the traditional order of the sacraments of initiation because Confirmation of teens isn’t working well. In a pastoral letter, Bishop Larry Silva said Confirmation is “often experienced more as a graduation from the Church than as a free gift of God’s grace”. He cited Pope Francis’s 2013 description Read more

No Sacrament of Confirmation for son of Mafia boss Comments 1

Friday, November 28th, 2014

It’s long been accused of adopting an at best ambiguous role in the fight against organised crime in Sicily, but the Catholic Church has now taken a symbolic stand against the Mafia in its Palermo heartland by refusing to give the sacraments to the son of a notorious Cosa Nostra crime lord. Despite protests from Read more

Church cannot shy away from talking about sex Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A common activity in youth work is to use the day’s newspapers to help start a discussion with young people. I can only imagine the apprehension of any church youth leaders using this activity last Wednesday. The Daily Mail headline, ‘Minister: My fear for boys warped by porn’ could have produced a rather uncomfortable conversation. Read more

Same-sex Facebook post cancels confirmation Comments 0

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A family and their parish in Minnesota are in conflict after a teenage son missed out on the sacrament of confirmation because of his Facebook post in support of same-sex marriage. Lennon Cihak, 17, was on track to be confirmed at Assumption Church, Barnesville — until parish priest Father Gray LaMoine saw the teenager’s photo Read more

Kate chooses confirmation Comments 0

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Kate Middleton has been confirmed as a member of the Church of England. Clarence House announced that Miss Middleton was confirmed on March 10 in a private ceremony. The sacrament of confirmation was celebrated by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres in a private ceremony. Bishop Chartres will give the address at the April 29 Read more