This Lent, Go To Confession! New Website Can Help

Good Confession

Whatever happened to Confession?  A generation ago, Catholics lined up on Saturday afternoon to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at their local parish.   Nowadays, not so much.  CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, asked Catholics in 2005 and again in 2008 about the frequency with which they took advantage of the sacrament.   The results were discouraging:  Only 2 percent of self-identified Catholics went to Confession once … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Confession Is For the Courageous”

Confession to Christ

"The forgiveness of our sins is not something we can offer ourselves." That was Pope Francis' message to thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the General Audience on Wednesday, February 19. "...It is not the result of our efforts, but rather a gift from the Holy Spirit, which fills us from the wellspring of mercy and grace that surges endlessly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen again. … It reminds us that it is only by allowing ourselves to be reconciled … [Read more...]

Christmas Pardon for Pope’s Valet

Pope Benedict XVI talks with former butler Paolo Gabriele during a private audience at the Vatican

Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI gave a wonderful gift to his former butler, Paolo Gabriele.  He pardoned him—and he forgave him. Gabriele, you may remember, is the long-time personal valet who was implicated in the Vatileaks scandal when confidential Vatican documents were found in his Vatican City apartment.  Gabrielle was arrested on May 23, 2012, and convicted by a Vatican tribunal on October 6.  He has been serving an 18-month sentence in the Vatican Gendarme police … [Read more...]