Posts Tagged ‘Sacrament of Reconciliation’

Cardinal upholds ‘probable invalidity’ of confession by phone

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Even though the world is facing a pandemic that may limit many people’s ability to celebrate the sacraments, particularly those people who are in isolation, quarantining or hospitalized with COVID-19, confession by phone is still most likely invalid, said Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary. Read more Related Posts:Cardinal Burke ‘in serious, but Read more

Bless me, Father…this is my first drive-through confession

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Rita Buettner says because of the COVID-19 pademic she had not been to confession for a long time. She decided to try to find a way to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. She tried out to a drive-through confession on Saturday afternoon St. John’s in Westminster, Md. Read more Related Posts:Better guidelines for priests hearing Read more

Pope Francis explains what a good confessor’s like

Monday, March 20th, 2017
Pope Francis confession

Pope Francis explained what a good confessor’s like to hundreds of priests last Friday. There are three particular characteristics Francis highlighted when speaking to the priests at the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court. The Apostolic Penitentiary deals with issues concerning the sacrament of confession. Francis says the first characteristic is the priest “must be a Read more

Australia’s archbishops split over confessional secrecy

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Australia’s archbishops expressed very different views on whether information children “confess” about abuse should be kept private, last week. They were being quizzed at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. One of the questions they were asked related to a fictional child called ‘Sally’ who reported abuse to them in Read more

Off to Confession – hooray!

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