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  • Is Confession Dead? (Catholic Caucus)

    03/01/2015 12:52:48 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 1, 2015 | Terence K. O'Leary
    The confessionals are empty. The sinners have gone away. Or should I say, “sin has gone away.” Not to be judgmental, but rather to be observant, I sense poignantly a lack of what I would call “sin awareness” among modern Catholics. We seem to have assimilated the secular notion that the concept of sin places outdated, even psychologically damaging restraints on people, or that the feeling of guilt for wrongdoing (or wrong-thinking) is emotionally debilitating. Thus, we see in society the virtual elimination of the word “sin.” We don’t want to hurt anybody’s self esteem. Catholics, perhaps innocently, have...
  • Pope Francis offers tips on preparing for Confession

    02/28/2015 10:44:02 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 28, 2015 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Francis hears a Confession in Brazil in July 2013 (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano) Pontiff urges faithful to receive the Sacrament of Penance in LentPope Francis has offered some quick tips to help Catholics prepare for the Sacrament of Penance.After a brief explanation of why people should go to Confession – “because we are all sinners” – the Pope listed 30 questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to “confess well”.The guide is part of a 28-page booklet in Italian released by the Vatican publishing house. Pope Francis had 50,000 free copies...
  • Jesus Is LORD;the Stumblingstone...Romans 9-11 pt 8

    02/16/2015 5:00:07 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 13 replies
    02-16-15 | Bill Randles
    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.(Romans 10:9-13)Israel, the nation created...
  • Did Christ go to hell after he died?

    02/10/2015 8:55:01 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 97 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | August 5, 2014 | Lyndon Unger, pastor/teacher currently between ministry work
    On my personal blog, and through e-mail, I sometimes get reader requests for posts.  People often have interesting questions about a wide variety of issues, and I do what I can to try to tackle reader questions when I can.  One of my relatives sent me a question a little over a year ago, and seeing that I had the same question boiling around in my mind many years ago (before I figured it out), I’m thought I’d tackle it and clear up what is a somewhat common question.The question has to do with whether or not Jesus went...
  • Is Confession in Scripture?

    02/01/2015 10:02:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    catholic.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:25: I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Psalm 103:2-3 adds: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases… Many will use these verses against the idea of confession to a priest. God forgiving sins, they will claim, precludes the possibility of there being a priest who forgives sins. Further, Hebrews 3:1 and 7:22-27 tell us Jesus is, “the… high priest of our confession” and that there are...
  • 1/11/15 "Pastors Abortion Confession Motivates Action and Offers Hope" -Pastor Shane

    01/10/2015 2:43:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowship ^ | December 22nd, 2014 | Pastor Shane
    “Why didn’t someone do something?” Those five words still haunt my thoughts today. Sometime ago, I sat speechless as I listened to a man recount his trip to a holocaust museum with his young daughter. As they walked by photos of the death camps and gas chambers, his daughter silently contemplated the horrors that were unfolding before her eyes. When the tour ended, they drove home without saying a word. The father wondered if she truly understood the significance of the event. Was she too young to view such depravity? Was she too fragile to cope with the truth of...
  • Did Pope Francis really give his own Curia a 'blistering attack' for Christmas?

    12/26/2014 10:58:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    GetReligion ^ | December 24, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    Call it truth in advertising–though not in reporting. Religion News Service's story on Pope Francis's Christmas address to the Curia bears a headline that aptly sums up its spin: "Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites." The lede signals that we have before us the mainstream media's familiar "Francis as radical" meme: VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday (Dec. 22), outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy cliques. The pope’s traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who...
  • Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

    12/08/2014 1:03:52 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2014
    Confessional. Credit: Paul Lowry (CC BY 2.0). Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 8, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City's News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Cathedral officials said many people also attended an Advent talk given by Father Julian Lopez Amozurrutia entitled, “Coming Home.” Although the lines generally...
  • "Have you been saved?”

    11/16/2014 1:42:01 PM PST · by NYer · 198 replies
    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | November 16, 2014 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    “Return of the Prodigal Son” (detail) by Murillo Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the southern part of the United States and how I would from time to time encounter young, protestant teens and adults who would excitedly take to the streets to witness for Christ.Now...
  • Seal of confession is absolute, even after penitent dies, officials say

    11/15/2014 1:56:37 PM PST · by NYer · 238 replies
    cns ^ | November 13, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY — The secrecy of a confession is maintained so seriously and completely by the Catholic Church that a priest would be excommunicated for revealing the contents of a confession when ordered to testify by a court or even after the penitent dies, Vatican officials said.“No confessor can be dispensed from it, even if he would want to reveal the contents of a confession in order to prevent a serious and imminent evil,” said Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with matters of conscience.The penitentiary sponsored a conference at the Vatican Nov. 12-13...
  • Baton Rouge Diocese Taking Order to Break Seal of Confession to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 2:06:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 5, 2014
    Washington, D.C., September 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 3257 hits Below is a statement released Thursday by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding the next legal battles facing the diocese regarding the state supreme court's attempt to mandate breaking the seal of confession. The diocese reports that now the "Louisiana Supreme Court has directed the trial court to hold an evidentiary hearing and then to take the unprecedented step of deciding whether or not a sacrament actually took place."It notes that "civil courts are entirely without jurisdiction to decide what constitutes a sacrament in the Catholic Church."A statement on the case from July...
  • Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession

    07/08/2014 9:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Many observers misunderstood the Hobby Lobby dispute and others like it as a First Amendment case, but it wasn’t. It primarily related to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), with an indirect reference to the constitutional freedom of religious expression. A case in Louisiana may be the real McCoy, though. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a priest must testify in a case about what he heard in a confessional — an order that would result in automatic excommunication and damnation, according to the doctrine and canon law of the Catholic Church: The state high court’s decision, rendered...
  • Australian Anglicans abandon their “seal of ‘confession’. Trouble to follow.

    07/05/2014 9:04:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 5, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The pressure will now rise, since Anglicans have betrayed Christian tradition and history (again).Never mind that the Church of England has cobbled up a rite of baptism that omits any reference to the Devil (HERE), now we have this from CNW: Anglicans in Australia abandon seal of confession for serious crimesAnglican leaders in Australia have unanimously approved a proposal to abandon the confessional seal, authorizing priests to disclose information about serious crimes such as sexual abuse.The General Synod in Australia, meeting on July 2, passed an amendment to the Anglican canon on confessional secrecy. The change must now be approved...
  • 5 Year-Old Bullying VICTIM Forced to Sign ‘Sexual Misconduct’ Confession

    06/29/2014 11:36:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/29/14 | Jim Hoft
    5 year old bullying victim forced to sign ‘sexual misconduct’ confessionAfter being coerced by a fellow classmate into pulling his pants down at school, kindergartner Eric Lopez was forced to sign a “sexual misconduct” form by school officials. This happened despite the fact that Lopez was told that if he did not pull his pants down, another student would.Read the rest at Progressives Today.
  • Is Confession Biblical?

    04/18/2014 10:26:17 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 56 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | February 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Is Confession Biblical? The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:25:I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.Psalm 103:2-3 adds:Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases…Many will use these verses against the idea of confession to a priest. God forgiving sins, they will claim, precludes the possibility of there being a priest who forgives sins. Further, Hebrews 3:1 and 7:22-27 tell us Jesus is, “the… high priest of our confession” and that there are...
  • New tool from “Catholics Come Home” helps Catholics make a good confession

    03/29/2014 7:08:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | March 29, 2014
    As Catholic Come Home states on a commercial, people can always "ask God to edit their life story and create the ideal ending.” This online platform launched a new website full of resources to help people discover how Confession can improve their spiritual lives. It's called GoodConfession.com, and its promotional video compares sin to a "heavy burden” one gets rid of thanks to Confession. GoodConfession offers users a guide to identify what temper they have, as well as different models to examine their conscience, depending on whether they are married, single or teenagers. One of the most interesting parts...
  • Bless me, Father: Pope leads by example, goes to confession (with video)

    03/28/2014 6:23:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    cns ^ | March 28, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service. After an examination of conscience March 28, the pope and 61 priests moved into confessionals or to chairs set up against the walls to offer the sacrament to individual penitents. However, as Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, was showing which confessional the pope would be using to hear confessions, the pope pointed to another confessional nearby, indicating that he himself was going to first confess. A priest steps out of his confessional...
  • "Francis Effect" analysis: Confessions in sharp decline Why? Saint Thomas Aquinas explains

    03/07/2014 6:46:17 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 3/07/14 | New Catholic
    Rorate Caeli Parce, Domine, populo tuo + T. Quadragesimæ + TEMPUS QUADRAGESIMALE + T. Passionis + Regnavit a ligno Deus "Francis Effect" analysis: Confessions in sharp declineWhy? Saint Thomas Aquinas explains As we first reported yesterday, Pew's poll on the first anniversary of the new pontificate revealed several stagnant trends, both in Catholic self-identification and church attendance. Jeff Culbreath has a particularly sharp analysis of one trend that cannot be overlooked: one that went sharply down. Nearly six in 10 American Catholics in the poll said they expected the church would definitely or probably lift its prohibition on birth...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis: ‘Be Courageous, and Go to Confession’

    02/19/2014 5:33:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies
    NC Register ^ | 02/19/2014
    The Holy Father spoke of the healing available in the sacrament of reconciliation at his Feb. 19 audience: 'Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen.'VATICAN CITY -- During his Wednesday audience on Feb. 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. "Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been...
  • I Confess...........[The Complete Biblical Basis for Confession]

    07/05/2002 10:14:23 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 210 replies · 2,422+ views
    The scenario: You've decided to help out on a confirmation retreat at your parish.You're a small group leader with five candidates in your group. The youth are responding well until the time comes to go to confession. One of the girls in your group, Michelle, has an objection to going to confession. Her Evangelical boyfriend has apparently convinced her she has no need of a priest to confess her sins. "Why can't I confess my sins directly to God?" Michelle protests. Evidently, Michelle was waiting for this opportunity to make her stand, because she immediately reels off five Scripture passages...
  • Church? I Haven’t Been to Church in Fifty Years

    01/14/2014 11:39:41 AM PST · by NYer · 166 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | January 13, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    One of the sweet things about being a priest is being able to minister at a person’s deathbed. The veil between this world and the next is very thin at that point, and you can see so much. When I say you can “see” so much what I mean is that so much is revealed. At that point the person who is dying is usually very vulnerable and open. Their worldly facade is fading. Their accomplishments and pride are forgotten. They realize that all the stuff of this world will soon be left behind.Often the person is quietly sleeping. The...
  • The Importance of Confessing Jesus...Mark 8 pt 9

    And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my...
  • Pope: Confession is like second Baptism for forgiveness of sins

    11/13/2013 2:53:43 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 13, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis called on the faithful Wednesday to humbly ask forgiveness every time they sin. As part of his catechesis during this Wednesday's General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis said, like Baptism, which washes away original sin and personal sin, the Sacrament of Confession can “open the door to a new life” as the merciful God “enters our lives.” The Pope invited Catholics to renew the grace of Baptism by going to Confession often and with a contrite heart: “The Church teaches us to confess our sins with humility, because only in forgiveness, received and...
  • The Christmas Star

    12/12/2013 7:20:36 PM PST · by mlizzy · 12 replies
    Tiber Judy ^ | 12-12-13 | Tiber Judy
    For as long as I can remember, my little hometown has celebrated Christmas by illuminating a huge star perched on the mountain above the downtown streets. The weeks leading up to Christmas are marked with the appearance of that star. Visible for miles, the star glows in the winter sky like a beacon signaling the season. Back in my college days, I’d come home for Christmas anticipating that star and it was always so comforting to see it there. In a way, it really made me feel like I was finally home. The star at that first Christmas must have...
  • Mercy and Confession: 10 Tips on How to Confess Well [Catholic Caucus]

    11/02/2013 10:24:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CE.com ^ | July 23, 2013 • | Fr. Ed Broom
     Mercy and Confession: 10 Tips on How to Confess Well by Fr. Ed Broom on July 23, 2013 ·  In the context of an Ignatian retreat it is always beneficial to prepare oneself to make an excellent Confession. To make a good confession demands prior preparation!  The better the prior preparation, the more abundant the graces and the more overflowing the river of peace in your soul! Following are ten short helps to make the best confession in your life!1.    IMPROVEMENT/UPGRADING THE RECEPTION.  As Catholics two of the most important actions we can accomplish are to go to Confession and to receive...
  • Confession [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2013 10:54:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    stIsidore-yubacity.org ^ | 2003 | Oblates, July-August 2003 (Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate)
    ConfessionWhy Do We Go To Confession? "Catholics who started going to confession as children may recall that the major concern during preparation was not how you sinned - disobedience was a given - but how often you had sinned since your last confession. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Penance as it was once called, was never intended to be a numbers game. It is now and always has been a means to seek receive God's forgiveness and to renew our resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to follow Jesus' commands to love God and to love one...
  • Withstand in The Evil Day...Eph 6 pt 2

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.(Ephesians 6:10-13)Early in my Christian life, I was blessed to read a...
  • Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth: Common Sins of Speech

    07/09/2013 1:47:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 8, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the greatest gifts of the Human person is the capacity to speak. It is also one of our greatest weaknesses. The Book of James says,We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect!, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and thus we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever...
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admits to setting bombs with brother, source says

    04/24/2013 12:01:55 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 71 replies
    boston globe ^ | 4/23 | cullen
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted to authorities Sunday that he and his brother were behind the Marathon bombings, according to a senior law enforcement official. Tsarnaev made his admissions to FBI agents who interviewed him at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. He had not yet been given a Miranda warning. Tsarnaev’s attorneys are certain to challenge the legal admissibility of those admissions, and other information he gave them, such as claiming that he and his brothers acted alone, and that his brother was radicalized in an extreme form of Islam in part because...
  • 'My brother made me do it': Boston 'bomber' reveals in scrawled note (clip)

    04/23/2013 6:08:47 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 143 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 23, 2013 | Daniel Bates In Boston, Massachusetts , Daily Mail Reporter and James Nye
    Full title...'My brother made me do it': Boston 'bomber' reveals in scrawled note that older sibling 'wanted to defend Islam from attack' - but that they acted ALONE Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has claimed he and his brother were not linked to any Islamic terrorist groups He has also told interrogators that his older brother, Tamerlan, 26, was the ring leader in last Monday's attacks Suspect is scrawling handwritten responses to questions in his hospital bed Was formally charged Monday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction Judge described Dzhokhar as 'alert, mentally competent and lucid' at hospital court...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, Penance

    04/09/2013 5:10:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer Penance Lesson 29 from the Baltimore Cathechism379. What is the sacrament of Penance? Penance is the sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven through the absolution of the priest. 380. Whence has the priest the power to forgive sins? The priest has the power to forgive sins from Jesus Christ, who said to His apostles and to their successors in the priesthood: "Receive the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."Receive the Holy...
  • Is there Divine Mercy for priests who change the words of absolution to something like:...

    04/07/2013 3:09:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | 4/7/13 | Fr George David Byers
    Padre Pio, shaking with righteous anger, reprimanding the Bishop concerning the Seal of Confession. If a priest is cynical about what the Church wants with the formula for the absolution of a sacramental confession, and changes the words to his own niceness, not really caring because of thinking that sin is no big deal anyway and he’s tired of the whole religion thing… well, well… that priest, it seems to me, is risking rotting in the lowest places of hell for all eternity.The most vulnerable and needful time, the most majestic for the soul, is the moment of kneeling...
  • Your Guide To A Catholic Lent

    02/12/2013 7:06:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 2013 | Our Sunday Visotor
    Your Guide To A Catholic Lentfrom Our Sunday Visitor What is Lent? Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name "Lent" is from the Middle English Lenten and Anglo-Saxon Lenten, meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the "forty days," tessaracoste in Greek. The number "forty" is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus' fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to...
  • Lance Armstrong Not the Only Celeb With Hell to Pay

    01/19/2013 9:47:47 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 36 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 19, 2013 | JP
    Lance Armstrong is going to hell. And I don’t mean that in the figurative sense. The disgraced cyclist is destined for the “fiery furnace” from which there is no escape, where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And he will be joined by other celebrities of this fallen world. Like preternatural golfer Tiger Woods, John Travolta and Bill Gates. Armstrong is bound for eternal punishment not because he used performance enhancing drugs to capture seven consecutive Tour de France championships. Not because he unabashedly lied about his doping. Not because he unconscionably slandered those who exposed his cheating....
  • Confession (v) (guitar caucus)

    08/04/2012 5:27:54 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 22 replies
    Self | 080412 | Tih
    <p>"Not fit to be used to clean up after your dog" - or something like that. That's my opinion of Rolling Stone magazine.</p> <p>However, the picture of Jimi Hendrix on the cover (not the best picture, either) did get my attention at the checkout stand last night. And lo, the cover was peppered with tantalizing bits of guitar talk. But what got me to actually pick it up and thumb through it was this: "Pete Townsend on Jimi Hendrix....Eddie Van Halen on Eric Clapton..."</p>
  • The Act of Perfect Contrition [Catholic Caucus]

    06/30/2012 12:05:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicFirst.com ^ | 24 July 1884 | Most Rev. James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore
    The Act of Perfect Contrition  The act of contrition as it is found in the Small Catechism of the Catholic Religion by Bishop John Neumann of the Congregation of the most holy Redeemer, Fourth Bishop of Philadelphia, Imprimatur by the Most Rev. James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, given 24 July 1884:  "O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I...
  • Irish govm't to make it criminal offense for a priest not to report sex offender confessions

    06/16/2012 8:39:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 80 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 15, 2012 | WILLIAM ODDIE
    Full Title: The Irish government is going to make it a criminal offence for a priest not to tell the gardai when a sex offender confesses his crime: I say, bring it on Alan Shatter, Ireland's Minister for Justice (PA photo) “It has to be made clear to everyone, including the main Church in this State, that the rights of children and the laws of the land come first,” Senator David Cullinane was reported by the Irish Times as saying earlier this week in Seanad Éireann. “Priests should know that they cannot use the confessional seal as a reason for...
  • The Importance of Confessing Jesus...Mark 8 pt 8

    And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my...
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (as reflected by our relationship with God)

    03/23/2012 2:57:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Maronite Heritage ^ | March 23, 2012 | Fr. Antonio Elfeghali
    The Sacrament of Reconciliation  “Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and  reconciliation with the Church.” (CCC 1440).  To make a good confession, we need to go through the following:  1- Examination of Conscience  2- Contrition: Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.  3- Confession: Confession to a Catholic priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Reconciliation.  4- Absolution: The...
  • The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich (1995: Marianne Promised To "Undermine Everything" For Newt)

    01/18/2012 5:23:38 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 159 replies
    PBS.org ^ | September, 1995 | Gail Sheehy
    ........But his greatest presidential stumbling block may be right under his nose. At home, Newt's second wife, Marianne Ginther Gingrich, tells me she doesn't see herself in the First Lady's job. "Watching Hillary has just been a horrible experience," commiserates Marianne. "Hillary sticking her neck out is not working." What happens if Newt runs?, I ask. "He can't do it without me," she replies. "I told him if I'm not in agreement, fine, it's easy" --she giggles at her naughtiness. "I just go on the air the next day, and I undermine everything...I don't want him to be president and...
  • A Killer’s Conscience (Confession After 16 Years)

    01/08/2012 1:18:59 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    January 8, 2012 | Elizabeth Ridenour
    A Killer’s Conscience
  • Obama: "I Think There's A Laziness In Me"

    12/23/2011 7:43:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    Related Videos | expand "It's probably from, you know, growing up in Hawaii and it's sunny outside, and sitting on the beach," President Obama also said on an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters set to air Friday night on "20/20." In the full interview, set to air tonight, President Obama says that "nothing frustrates me more than when people aren't doing their jobs."
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OFFICIAL SECRET, 11-02-11

    11/02/2011 9:26:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-02-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OFFICIAL SECRET Confidential information entrusted to a person holding an official position in the Church or civil society, as in the medical, legal, or counseling professions. An official secret may not be communicated, without the permission of the one who confided the information, unless very grave necessity requires it. The seal of confession arising from the sacrament of penance is a special form of official secrecy. Confessional matters may never be divulged. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A note on proposals to require priests to violate the seal of confession

    07/22/2011 12:56:04 PM PDT · by sayuncledave
    In The Light Of The Law ^ | July 22, 2011 | Dr. Edward Peters
    Concerning recent Irish and Australian proposals to require priests who, through their ministry in sacramental confession, learn the identity of child sexual abusers (or of any other malefactors, for that matter), to disclose such information to civil authorities, I have little to say because, well, because there is little to say, canonically, at any rate. Such proposals, even if they become law, will have absolutely no effect on a priest’s obligation to preserve the seal of confession. Absolutely none. The seal of confession is a not creature of civil law, rather, it rests on divine law and is articulated by...
  • Irish priests must break seal of confession or face prison: new legislation introduced

    07/19/2011 11:05:19 AM PDT · by massmike · 59 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 07/19/2011 | HILARY WHITE
    A group of Irish priests has announced that the country’s Catholic clergy will refuse to comply with any law requiring them to break the seal of the confession. The statement of defiance comes in response to proposed legislation announced by the government late last week, under which priests could face up to five years in prison for failure to disclose sexual crimes against minors admitted by penitents. The Irish government said that under the legislation confessions would not be exempt from rules on mandatory reporting of child abuse, claiming that the move is a response to Ireland’s clerical abuse crisis....
  • Wall Streeter Confesses: I Was Paid Millions At UBS And Bear Stearns For Fronting A Ponzi Scheme

    07/11/2011 7:22:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2011 | Courtney Comstock
    Meet your worst nightmare: a Wall Streeter who got paid millions to work at investment banks while he was stealing money from innocent investors and his company. Justin Paperny, a 36-year old who lived the Wall Street dream until a few years ago, tells a shocking tale of greed and sociopathy to Cincinatti.com. Paperny looks like the hundreds of thousands of well-bred youngsters who go to work on Wall Street every year. He grew up wealthy in a suburb outside of LA, went to college at USC, and went to work on Wall Street. He was paid $200,000 his first...
  • Pope Benedict, Confessor. The Debut in Madrid (pope to hear confessions in Madrid) [Catholic Caucus]

    07/07/2011 2:07:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Chiesa ^ | July 7, 2011 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, July 5, 2011 - World Youth Day is not an invention of Benedict XVI, but of his predecessor. Pope Joseph Ratzinger, however, has introduced two very significant innovations. The first was in Cologne, in the summer of 2005. At the culmination of the nighttime vigil, Pope Benedict knelt before the consecrated host. At length, and in silence. With hundreds of thousands of young people touched by this act of adoration. Since then, with Pope Benedict, silent Eucharistic adoration has become a constant not only of the World Youth Days, but also of other mass gatherings, for example the vigil...
  • Sermons from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Holy Absolution {aka by others Confession/Penance}

    05/04/2011 4:09:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10) Last week we heard about what Baptism means for daily life. Baptism is not just a once in a lifetime bath, but an ongoing dying and rising of the Christian. Daily the sinner dies in the death of Jesus....
  • Suicide prevention through hope in Christ

    04/26/2011 5:02:38 PM PDT · by WriteStuff · 45 replies
    PointMan ^ | 04/26/2011 | Todd Fitchette
    I wonder how many of our friends who’ve come to that dark crossroads in their lives and decided upon the path to death would not have chosen it had we been more purposeful or available to them. I’ve learned of or known several people over the past couple years who have made the decision to prematurely end their lives, based apparently upon utter hopelessness. I learned of one this morning — a teenage girl who last week reached the end of hope and saw nothing good on the other side.
  • i-Confess Video Contest

    04/21/2011 5:41:44 AM PDT · by Jubilate