Posts Tagged ‘Sin’

Please don’t say these six things at my funeral

Friday, July 18th, 2014

There will come a day, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, when the man in the coffin will be me. They say the dead don’t care, but I’m not dead yet, so as long as I’m still alive, I’d like to have some say in what goes on at my funeral. And, truth be told, I think Read more

Priest apologises for berating unwed Filipino teen at her baby’s Baptism

Friday, July 11th, 2014

A priest in the Philippines who scolded and harangued an unwed teenage mother at her baby’s Baptism has apologised, but may face sanctions. A video of the incident at a church in Cebu province was posted on Facebook by the 17-year-old’s grandmother. The video was also posted on Brute Show’s YouTube account, which provided an English Read more

Love: listening and respecting

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
gay priests

Everybody knows that same-sex marriage and homosexual acts are contrary to Catholic moral teaching. Yet that same teaching also says that gay and lesbian people must be treated with “respect, sensitivity and compassion.” As more states pass laws legalising same-sex marriage, more gay and lesbian Catholics are entering into these unions. This leaves some Catholics Read more

Sin? People think it’s about sex and cream cakes

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The word “sin” now makes people think of “sex and cream cakes”, according to one of the architects of Church of England plans that could see the word scrapped from key parts of baptism services. The Church has been accused of “dumbing down” after trialling a new wording for christenings in which parents and godparents Read more

Pope Francis has not abolished sin

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had “abolished sin”, after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures. The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article Read more

Reconciliation could encourage giving, research finds

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Encouraging Catholics to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation could have a payoff in the collection plate, according to British research. The study involving a group of devout Catholics found that when they felt absolved of sins and a sense of guilt they were more likely to give generously. Researchers from Royal Holloway College, London, and Read more

Catholicism’s central teaching: how to be imperfect

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The quest for perfection can never been attained in any endeavor worthy of humans. The demand for being perfect, based on Matthew 5:14, “Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect,” became the deranged and deranging discipline that was brought to an end by Vatican II’s healthier attitude toward spiritual growth. One of Read more

Money, technology, and the silence of churches

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite wants to do for money what gays and lesbians have done for sex—within the church, that is. Instead of ignoring this unwelcome subject, she wants to bring it out into the open. “Money is still something that we don’t touch. And yet, as I talk in churches so many people are so Read more

Confession goes green in India

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Catholics should include sins against the environment when they visit the confessional said the  Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council on Friday. Father Stephen Alathara, spokesman for the KCBC, said the council had finalized its ecological mission statement, which included the directive about confession, during its annual meeting in Kochi. “Any exploitation of nature amounts to sins against Read more

Confessional seal to be ruptured in Ireland

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Priests in Ireland who with-hold information about alleged child abuse, even when told to them in the Sacrament of Confession, will soon be liable for up to five years prison. The new laws are an unprecedented display of tough action against the Catholic Church, in what was traditionally a Catholic country. “The law of the land should Read more