Whatever happened to confession? — UPDATED

Recently, Rick Santorum mentioned something in public that Catholics rarely talk about at all anymore: confession.   It was startling, and not just because a politician mentioned it on the stump.  It was a reminder that a sacrament that once seemed commonplace has virtually vanished in some parts of the world. A writer in the [Read More...]

Man confesses killing to priest, who calls the cops

Details:  Jonathan Smith, on the run from Ohio, was so desperate to come clean that he grabbed the first priest he could find at a Midtown church and copped to bludgeoning his girlfriend 500 miles away, sources told The Post. “Someone is dead, and I feel really bad about it,” Smith, 48, told the startled [Read More...]

It’s a good week to go to confession…

…and update your status with God. [Read more...]

“To be cool with God”: a young Catholic’s thoughts on confession

Via Matt Weber and Catholic TV, some insight  for Lent — or any time, really: The pope himself has had confession on his mind recently: Confession can help Catholics build lives filled with hope and holiness, which are needed for effective evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI said. “New evangelization, therefore, also starts from the confessional,” he [Read More...]

First look: snazzy confessionals for World Youth Day

No question: you’ll definitely be able to spot them in a crowd. Take a look: Details, from Women of Grace (h/t New Advent) Young people who want to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at World Youth Day will be able to do so in ultra-modern portable confessionals that resemble a sailing ship and will sport [Read More...]

Shock: proposed law in Ireland would order breaking confession seal

If passed, Ireland would reportedly become the first and only country in the Western world with such a law on the books. Details, from Pat Archbold: The Irish government, including the person no less than the Prime Minister, the Minister for Justice, and the Minister for Children are all backing legislation that would require priests [Read More...]

10 great benefits of confession

We hear a lot about this during Lent.  But here’s a helpful reminder that this sacrament is welcome, and necessary, all year ’round. From Sr. Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB: Penance, aka confession, is the sacrament of the forgiveness of sin. You can’t beat it for convenience. It’s available practically whenever. Tell a priest [Read More...]

Got a backpack of sins? Unpack 'em in confession!

Here’s a very cool entry in the iConfess video contest. It’s Reconciliation Monday here in New York.  Want to get something off your chest (or off your back)?  Now’s the perfect time to do it. Here’s one reason why… [Read more...]

From 1897: How to hear a woman's confession

Since this is Reconciliation Monday in the greater New York City area — three dioceses are “leaving the light on” until 9 pm tonight, so people can go to confession — here’s a fascinating glimpse at the sacrament from the 19th century, courtesy Pat McNamara, who found this advice in a manual for seminarians: A [Read More...]

It's written all over her face

Here’s one stunning entry in the iConfess video contest — it says it all, brilliantly.  It was produced by students at the John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.  Check out other entries at this link. [Read more...]


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