At the Register: A New (Old) Way to Apologize

The teacher started scheduling weekly "clean-ups."Students relished in the opportunity to admit wrongdoing, share intent to change, and restore friendships. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing. They walked out stiff and uneasy, and returned with bright smiles on their faces.Sound familiar? Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

At the Register: Some answers about the seal of confession

let's say John Doe confesses kicking a dog. Later, John is in court for animal cruelty, and the judge wants the priest to disclose whether or not he confessed kicking a dog. Because of the seal of confession, the priest cannot even acknowledge that John went to confession to him, even if John says publicly that he did so. And if -- again, correct me if I'm wrong -- during the confession, John mentions that he saw his friend Steve kicking a cat, that information is also bound by the seal. E … [Read more...]

At the Register: Some Questions about the Seal of Confession

As far as the state is concerned, the statutory respect for the seal of confession is intended to protect the penitent, not the confessor (although an unscrupulous confessor could certainly take advantage of the privilege in order to protect himself, if he did something wrong in the confessional). As far as I can tell, the same is true as far as Canon Law is concerned: the seal of confession is there to protect the penitent, not the confessor.However, a penitent may give a priest permission … [Read more...]

Confessions from the Confession Line

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So many people are being received into the Church this Easter! Congratulations, my new brothers and sisters. I’m so glad you’re here. Your new faith is wonderful, and soon you’ll see how liberating, how illuminating, and above all, how much sense it makes!That is, unless you’re going to confession. Oh, not the sacrament itself. The sacrament of confession is the greatest thing in the world, next to Cadbury eggs. Um, and the Eucharist. There is nothing better than going into a dark box all lad … [Read more...]

At the Register: Don’t Shoot Those Helicopters Down

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Why can't gay people (or depressed people, or anxious people, or people with temptations that are not my temptations) just shut up and go to confession?  … [Read more...]

Book giveaway! A Little Book About Confession for Children

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As promised: I'm giving away one copy of Kendra Tierney's A Little Book About Confession for Children from Ignatius and Magnificat.This lovely, thorough, practical guide to confession is pretty much everything you could ask for in a book about confession for kids. It's simple but not fluffy in the slightest, and would also make a fine guide for teenagers or adults who never understood the sacrament well. The pictures are nothing special, but the book is very clear and well designed. … [Read more...]

At the Register: Gay Man Refused Last Rites?

Or something else entirely?  His story stinks to high heaven, and if the priest has another one, I doubt he's free to tell it.Link doesn't seem to be working for everyone.  If you can't access the story through the link above, you can cut and paste this:http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/gay-man-refused-last-rites … [Read more...]


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