Archbishop of Canterbury: “Do Like the Catholics, Go to Confession”

Archbishop Welby and Pope Francis meet for the first time, June 14, 2013

The Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, has a recommendation to Anglicans:  Go to confession. Addressing the heads of other churches—including the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Most Rev. Vincent Nichols—Archbishop Welby admitted that confessing one’s weaknesses to someone else might not be a “bunch of laughs,” still he believes that unburdening oneself to a confessor is good for the soul. “It is enormously powerful and hideously painful when it’s … [Read more...]

The Seal of Confession: Media Goes for Drama Over Accuracy

  “Are church confessions safe?” – CBS Detroit “Can religious confessions be used against you?” – Detroit Free Press “Pastor-parishioner privilege?  Court of Appeals to hear arguments” – M-Live.com   All of the above headlines refer to a case which is being adjudicated this week by a three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel.  And all of them misunderstand at least some aspect of the Sacrament of Confession. Some Things to Know Up Front Confession (big … [Read more...]

LOOK NOT ON OUR SINS, BUT ON THE FAITH OF YOUR CHURCH

So now Lent has arrived, and everyone is talking about it.  There are plenty of Catholic columnists and bloggers urging you to go to confession, to purify your soul during this period of penitence.  And it’s all good.  I was struck, though, by the humility and the simplicity of one article I read on the subject.  I’m talking about the popular blog in "Catholic New York" by Gotham’s spiritual leader, Archbishop Timothy Dolan.  He writes about heading out on Saturday morning, … [Read more...]


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