This and that, baby pics, and a baptism!

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Today, I hope to get caught up on emails. I'm sorry to say I pretty much gave up responding to anyone sometime in the third trimester, and Corrie is now 9 weeks old, so that's . . . a lot of emails.  So if you wrote to me, thanks for being patient!We're right in the middle of "something every weekend" season -- confirmation, baptism, birthday parties galore, graduations, concerts, and a bunch of things I'm forgetting.Thank goodness we have no athletic ability in this family. … [Read more...]

Grace is free, but not all fees are simony

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The expense of obtaining a decree of nullity makes it difficult for some people to come into full communion with the Church. When annulments are expensive, there is also the risk that outsiders (or even Catholics) perceive that annulment is just "Catholic divorce," for sale to parishioners with enough ready cash. But here's the problem: it really does cost money to do it right. Read the rest at the Register. image By Gratianus (culture.gouv.fr) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

Nobody told me!

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 This isn't about Communion in the hand vs. Communion on the tongue. This is about the casual abuses we allow ourselves to commit -- we faithful ones, we educated ones, we who have been told. We who should know better. Somebody told us. The one up there, hanging over the altar with His arms spread out, open to be abused, open to be misunderstood, open to be ignored -- what has He done but tell us, over and over again, that He is here, giving Himself to us, because we don't care?   … [Read more...]

Supreme Court will not hear confession confidentiality petition

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By Ib Rasmussen (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Not good: U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Baton Rouge Catholic confession case.Backstory: A young woman is going to testify in a civil suit against the Diocese of Baton Rouge. She says that, when she was a girl, she revealed during confession that a member of the parish (who has since died) was molesting her, and that the priest told her she should hush it up.Every priest who hears something during confession is morally o … [Read more...]

It was a beautiful confession.

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  PIC crying kid with running nose [T]he priest said what this particular priest always says: "Thank you for that beautiful confession." He says this when I have a long and sordid list, or a short and sordid list, or when he can barely understand me because my nose is running from the sordidness of it all. The point is, I am not aware of ever having made a confession that any normal human being would consider "beautiful." But the confessional is not a normal place. Read the rest at the … [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...]


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