Posts Tagged ‘Sacrament of Reconciliation’

Pope Francis explains what a good confessor’s like Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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! Comments 0

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