The Confession, Fr. Corapi, SOLT, Baseball, More!

Have any of you folks been watching The Confession, on Hulu? I saw the first three chapters and found the confession scenes just riveting:

When a cold-blooded hitman bursts into a hotel room to execute someone, the intended victim does something unexpected: he asks the hitman for a moment to make his peace with God. The hitman lowers his gun as the victim takes a chain with a crucifix from around his neck, holds it tightly in his hands, kneels down with eyes closed, and begins moving his lips in silent prayer. Now peaceful and resigned to his fate, the victim opens his eyes, looks at the hitman, and says, “I forgive you.” The hitman hesitates, looking confused and even regretfully at a peace he’s never seen before, but then pulls the trigger anyway.

That’s the incident that propels the story in the new online web series on called The Confession. Shot partially in the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City, the series stars Kiefer Sutherland as the hitman, and John Hurt as the priest to whom he contentiously goes to gain an understanding of what he witnessed.

Sutherland’s character is definitely complex. He enters the confessional and speaks words from a bygone era of his childhood: “Bless me Father for I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed. I confess to Almighty God and to you, Father. It’s been thirty-five years since my last confession.”

When the priest asks if he’s sorry for his sins, he says, “No,” and goes on to explain he killed a man last night. The hitman isn’t there for forgiveness, but rather to understand the peace he witnessed come over his victim the night before.

Tony Rossi has more, here.

Interesting to watch how TV is evolving, isn’t it? Even as we’re buying big screens for the walls, television programming is moving away from appointment-viewing, and our computers are becoming the broadcast medium for original shows. Speaking of which, Mary’s Aggies takes a look at the agendas behind some of those shows

Moving on, the investigation into accusations made against Fr. John Corapi apparently hasn’t even begun yet, and the story hasn’t moved an inch, but for anyone interested, the National Catholic Register speaks with a representative from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.

As I say, it doesn’t move the story at all, but it provides a little clarification on the society, itself, about which there was some confusion. The Register also takes a look at the “knowns and unknowns of the case.

Also, Mark Shea, whose sentiments I pretty much share, thinks piping down is a good thing

In surprising news: Next year religion will be studied in all Russian schools! Amazing. On a related note, Heather King muses on the Russian religious spirit:

. . . I may not know what’s going on now, but I totally knew [Russians] were in big, big trouble before. In fact, a few years ago I read a whole slew of amazing books by people who’d been in the prison camps: The Arctic Death Camps by Robert Conquest, Richard Würmbrand’s Christ in the Communist Prisons, The Accused by Alexander Weissberg-Cybulski, Kolyma, and perhaps my favorite: The Woman Who Could Not Die by Julia de Beausobre. Upon learning that her husband Nicolay, imprisoned in another camp, had been shot, Beausobre wrote:

Look down right into the depths of your heart and tell me—Is it not right for you to be kind to [your torturers] Even to them? Particularly to them, perhaps? Is it not right that those men who have no kindness within them should get a surplus of it flowing towards them from without?

Some Catholic must-reads for the day:

Lisa Mladinich on Life and Calling; Teens and Vocational Discernment – some very good advice on how to help the teens around grow in their ability to consider what they were born for, and to hear the “small still voice.”

Relative to that, Get Religion on why fewer children mean fewer nuns (and priests, I’m sure.)

Julie Davis: Remember how I always bug you to read In This House of Brede? Well, Julie wants you to read Story of a Soul, too!

Pat Gohn goes to the Catechism and finds, believe it or not, a route away from resentment!

Thoughts on Geraldine Ferraro as she is laid to rest, today

Something just beautiful: Beauty, beauty, beauty

More interesting stuff:
Deacon Greg: Bishop to Gays; The Church is Your Home

Pat McNamara: on Dorothy Day

Finally – It’s OPENING DAY! Baseball, baseball — how long I have waited for baseball, and longed for it in the deep mid-winter!

Here is Jason M. Morgan on Baseball and the Soul:

. . .baseball will heal you. Bring a box of tangled wire, a ball of knotted twine, a heap of broken heart, a clutter of twisted misery to the baseball diamond and spend enough time listening to the thump of the ball in the glove, the sound of the wind on the dust, and looking at the blue salute of the indivisible sky, and baseball will make you whole again. Bring your defeated soul to baseball, and baseball will, by the unchangeable truth of its geometry and the eternal vectors of its freedoms, speak to you, call you by name, and—not teach—but allow you to remember who you have always been.

Remembering Babe Herman

And this thanks to our good Joseph Susanka – That’s Baseball!

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  • jeff

    Yes it would be nice if catholic bloggers would pipe down about corapi, including mark shea. His article just stirs the pot more.u

  • Rebuilding the Church in Russia

    A priest told us last night that the KGB is harassing the church in the Ukraine. The Ukraine, he said, took the worst hits under the various dictators. We must pray for them.

    Also, Vladivostok Mission, a Catholic parish the size of the Western US, with only a few priests, could sure use any Lenten almsgiving.

    They are rebuilding the Catholic Church in Russia and doing a great job.

  • Gayle Miller

    Baseball was the background sound of my childhood. Everyone in my family loved the game, even my Aunt Marge who seemed to spend most of her time in the kitchen cooking magnificent Hungarian meals for the entire extended family, all the while nursing a crush of monumental proportions on Early Wynn, the catcher for the Cleveland Indians. She had good taste – Google his picture and you’ll see that. One of my earliest memories was being at the World Series Game when the Cleveland Indians won the World Series in 1948! They’ve been breaking my heart ever since.

    I thought Leo Duroucher was cool, I adored Lou Boudreau, I thought Herb Score hung the moon and I cried every October when, once again, the Indians had finished out of the money.


  • Will

    Good old Ernie and George. Go Tigers.

  • Coyo

    Fr. Corapi can be supported by signing the “Support Fr. Corapi petition” which will be sent to Bishop Mulvey of Corpus Christi, TX.

  • Arnold

    Did you ever sign a contract that you barely read? Did you ever play a game in which you did not really know the rules?
    The majority of Catholics are in this predicament. We really do not KNOW most of the Church’s teachings. Sadly, this is so easy to prove! As a result, there are a myriad of “Catholic” religions; many are at odds with each other.

    Pope John Paul II and the current Magisterium constantly beg Catholics to read and study the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. It is the Church’s rule book. (For various reasons, some people do not like rule books.)

    In many ways, the CATECHISM IS the Church.

    Father Caropi also begs Catholics the read the CATECHISM. He has been more effective in presenting its teachings than any other man alive. Though merely a messenger, he has brought the TRUTH to millions of Catholics.

    Now Father Caropi (a human sinner) is accused, perhaps spuriously, of immoral actions.

    A former employee has accused Father Caropi of the very grave sin of SCANDAL. When, in effect, (if her accusations are malicious and false) she MAY be committing the gravest sin of BLASPHEMY.

    Blasphemy against the CATEHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, blasphemy against the EWTN network, and blasphemy against a Catholic priest.

    If Father Caropi’s ministry is neutralized, I hope you will (continue to) read the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Unfortunately, millions won’t.

    Plase pray for Father Caropi and his accuser. Pray for the Church!


    (2148) BLASPHEMY is directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God – inwardly or outwardly – words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one’s speech; in misusing God’s name. THE PROHIBITION OF BLASPHEMY EXTENDS TO LANGUAGE AGAINST CHRIST’S CHURCH, THE SAINTS, AND SACRED THINGS. It is also blasphemous to make use of God’s name to cover up criminal practices, to reduce peoples to servitude, to torture persons or put them to death. The misuse of God’s name to commit a crime can provoke others to repudiate religion. Blasphemy is contrary to the respect due God and his holy name. It is in itself a grave sin.

  • Gadsden

    Thanks for the heads up about The Confession! I’ve been having Jack Bauer (and Fr. Corapi) withdrawals (at least with Fr. Corapi I have his Catechism Series to tide me over this Lent and hope they’ll get that investigation started and wrapped up ASAP so Fr. can get back to what he does best), and was excited to learn about this zulu program and watched all three episodes (they are too short!) tonight.

  • Greta

    If Father Corapi is innocent, he will be pushing for a fast resolution so as to get back to his ministry. We know that many of the church leadership in America would love to silence him and may try to do a four corner stall on this. If they do and he is innocent, many will be even more enraged at church leadership.

    Of course Father is a prime target of Satan and as such, may have given in to the evil one. I doubt I could have held up to his temptation as long as Father has and kept on message of actual Church teachings. Satan must hate this guy with a passion.

  • Phil

    If Fr. Corapi ends up being declared not guilty, then he can use this trial in one of his speeches.

  • Dan

    2 Alphas mentioned in the same post, Jack Bauer and Corapi, both former Special Forces and both locked in fierce battle.

  • Dan

    The one thing about the whole Corapi drama I don’t like is that the process intended to deal with degenerates in the priesthood is the same process being used to deal with Corapi. But Corapi’s drama involves a WOMAN, and an ADULT woman.

    So EVEN IF the allegations about Corapi prove out, ————————— so what. The woman involved was not some impressionable youth being introduced to unnatural sex by a sickened predator.

    Men and women involved in sex are not involved in something depraved and unnatural. Which is why in the Old Testament fornication is dealt with much more leniently than other sexual activities.

    As for the vow broken, ————– acknowledge it and move on.

    I mean really, would he be the first priest to have broken his vow of celibacy? Of course not.

    All this drama, ———— and about what?

    The way some go on and on about it, one would think that there never was a case of a priest having a fling with an adult woman.

  • cathyf


    Fr Corapi’s accuser, and those who have discussed Fr. Corapi’s case, may or may not be committing one or both of two serious sins: calumny and detraction. Calumny consists of slanderous lies about someone, and it is always a sin. Detraction is telling what is true but defamatory, without some proportionate reason — so sometimes detraction is a little harder call because sometimes it is necessary to acknowledge the facts of other people’s sins in order to lessen the effects of those sins. A policeman or an investigator or a prosecutor or a jury have a duty to judge people, and so their duty is to deal with these issues honestly and fairly.

    But it is ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE for people who commit calumny or detraction against people other than God to be committing blasphemy. Blasphemy is, by definition, a particular kind of calumny, calumny against God Himself.* In fact, when you claim that calumny against a person-who-is-not-God (Fr. Corapi in your case) is blasphemy against God, you are committing yet another grave sin, the sin of idolatry. Or, in the immortal words of Rudy‘s Father Cavanaugh: “Son, in 35 years of religious study, I have only come up with two hard incontrovertible facts: there is a God, and I’m not Him.” And neither is Fr. Corapi.

    *Detraction against God is a logical impossibility, because God is all good.

  • jeff

    Dan, Corapi is mostly a proxy for those in ‘AmChurch’ who detest things like EWTN and the clergy who appear on it.

  • scott

    re: The Confession

    I’m confused about something regarding confession in general.

    Many people have taught me that, as in the show, absolution can be withheld if the penitent doesn’t turn themselves in for a crime.

    However, there is an apologist for Catholic Answers that says that absolution cannot be withheld in such a scenario because forcing the penitent to turn themselves into authorities to gain absolution violates the Seal of the Confessional.

    Anybody care to weigh in on that issue. I’m just confused because the former scenario (and the one on the show) is so often espoused.