A victory for the seal of Confession

Priests can't be forced to break the seal to report alleged abuse of minors, Louisiana Supreme Court rules

The following comes from a November 1 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Catholic priests do not have to break the seal of Confession to report the alleged abuse of minors, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The Diocese of Baton Rouge, at the center of the case, responded that they were “very pleased” with the court’s Oct. 28 opinion, “which affirms the … [Read more...]

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“Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

Father Jim Rude doesn't believe that most people have mortal sins on their conscience when they come to confession

The following is from an article published in the September 2016 edition of Central California Catholic Life by Fr. Jim Rude, SJ, Co-Editor: I’m getting to be an old man, brushing the mid eighties, and I find that in these past few years, I have been doing a lot
 of reminiscing, thinking of people, places, events. I remember the theology we were taught in the early days, … [Read more...]

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Confessionals required in every parish

Sacramento diocese reminds parishes they must "provide a fixed grille between the penitent and the confessor"

The following is from the Diocese of Sacramento, posted last week on the diocesan website: Liturgy Reminders: Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal Re: Sacrament of Reconciliation: the Confessional Confessionals should be built so as to give penitents the option making their confession from behind a screen or ‘face-to-face’. Penitents cannot be … [Read more...]

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Confession held every Wednesday night in all 54 San Jose diocese parishes

The Light Is On for You campaign starts today and goes until March 23

The following comes from a February 16 Valley Catholic article by Liz Sullivan: If Father Joe Kim, Director of Vocations and Evangelization for the Diocese of San Jose, ever needed proof the Diocese’s The Light Is On for You campaign was reaching people, he just needed to be reminded of the letter he received last Spring. The letter was from a man who said he hadn’t been … [Read more...]

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You’re basically telling a horror story

Interview with director of the movie Calvary

Matthew Lickona is author of Swimming with Scapulars (true confessions of a young Catholic) and Surfing with Mel (about a failed Mel Gibson film on the Book of Maccabees) and a film reviewer for the San Diego Reader. Lickona’s interview of writer-director John Michael McDonagh of the current movie Calvary appeared in yesterday's issue of the Reader. ….ML: A few times … [Read more...]

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The loneliness of the sexual revolution

Mother Angelica mocked as one-eyed pirate

The following July 22 story by Anthony Esolen on the Crisis magazine website was sent to us by a Cal Catholic reader. I have just watched an extraordinary and deeply moving film, soon to be released by the Catholic apostolate Courage, called Desire of the Everlasting Hills. It is knit together, like a polychronic chorale, from the personal witnesses of three people, two men … [Read more...]

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Dos and don’ts of finding a confessor

The following was part of a Mar. 9 story, titled "How to make a good Confession" in the National Catholic Register. Be objective. Choose a priest who can help you grow spiritually, not one who simply makes you feel good (or bad) about yourself. Avoid priests who seem to downplay your sins or dull Church teaching. Remember the three goals of the spiritual life: grace, … [Read more...]

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