Tag: Confession

Threats to the seal of confession

Threats to the seal of confession

| Chaz Muth | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

An in-depth look at the the seal of confession in light of the California confession bill

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Protecting seal of confession called essential for civilized society

Protecting seal of confession called essential for civilized society

| Chaz Muth | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Ethan K. Alano walks into the reconciliation room at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem, he bares his soul before God and goes into detail about his sins during confession. Alano’s trust in the priest is solid.

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Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not a new phenomenon

Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not a new phenomenon

| Chaz Muth | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

A symbol of the historical commitment priests have to the seal of confession greets people as they cross the threshold of a Catholic church in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Challenges to seal of confession attributed to clergy sex abuse scandals

Challenges to seal of confession attributed to clergy sex abuse scandals

| Chaz Muth | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues to be challenged by governments.

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California bill aims to protect children by breaking seal of confession

California bill aims to protect children by breaking seal of confession

| Chaz Muth | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Catholic clergy, penitents, theologians and canon lawyers look at the wording in a California state bill that would compel a priest to reveal what’s heard during confession if there is a suspicion of child sexual abuse, they see an infringement on religious freedom.

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Confession bill amended, but Church leaders say it still targets priests

Confession bill amended, but Church leaders say it still targets priests

| Pablo Kay | May 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Church officials are urging Catholics to continue to oppose a California bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of confession.

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Gomez: ‘Every abuse case one too many,’ but confession bill no solution

Gomez: ‘Every abuse case one too many,’ but confession bill no solution

Saying that “confession is sacred to every priest and every Catholic,” Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez is calling on Catholics to tell their state senators to vote “no” on a bill that “would order priests to disclose information they might hear in confession concerning the sexual abuse of minors.”

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Chilean bishops fear new measure would enforce breaking confession seal

Chilean bishops fear new measure would enforce breaking confession seal

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Chilean bishops said that while they support legislation requiring priests and religious authorities to report crimes, they also fear that an update to the country’s current law would force clergy to break the sacramental seal of confession.

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A sacrament for healing shame

A sacrament for healing shame

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | March 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is always surprising to me that people turn out in such great numbers for Ash Wednesday Mass. The symbol of ashes on the forehead is an ancient symbol of repentance. It is an acknowledgment that I have sinned and I need God’s mercy. Perhaps so many people come on Ash Wednesday because deep down they recognize a basic human need ­— the need to be freed from shame.

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Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

Advent week two: Four ways to be more attentive this Advent

| Father Geoffrey A. Brooke Jr. | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Be watchful!” and “Be alert!” are two traditional spiritual commands often heard by Catholics during the Advent season in preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. To the contemporary Catholic, they can also present somewhat of a conundrum.

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Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Priests must give hope to men and women seeking forgiveness, encouraging them in their struggle away from the slippery slope of sin, Pope Francis said.

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Forgive me, Father: Confession offers path to healing, grace

Forgive me, Father: Confession offers path to healing, grace

| Susan Klemond | March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many Americans say they fear public speaking more than almost anything, but some Catholics also have anxiety about speaking privately with a priest about their sins in confession.

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