Tag: Confession

Report abuse learned in confession or go to jail, says Australian state

Report abuse learned in confession or go to jail, says Australian state

| September 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

A new law requires priests in the state of Queensland to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police or face three years in jail.

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Decline in confession called harmful to Church’s mission to spread Gospel

Decline in confession called harmful to Church’s mission to spread Gospel

| Gina Christian | July 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

With COVID restrictions lifting, pastors looking to welcome faithful back should rethink their confession schedules — and start talking more about the sacrament in the pulpit.

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Pope: Be simple, concrete like children when acknowledging sins

Pope: Be simple, concrete like children when acknowledging sins

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Like children who usually speak without sugarcoating their words, Christians must be simple yet concrete when acknowledging their sins, Pope Francis said.

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If you can’t go to confession, take your sorrow directly to God, pope says

If you can’t go to confession, take your sorrow directly to God, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or another serious reason can go to God directly, be specific about their sins, request pardon and experience God’s loving forgiveness, Pope Francis said.

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Baltimore priests working to reverse decline in confession in novel ways

Baltimore priests working to reverse decline in confession in novel ways

| Tim Swift | March 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Confession has a confession to make: The sacrament of reconciliation isn’t the draw it once was.

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Go to confession, let yourself be consoled, pope says

Go to confession, let yourself be consoled, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Anyone who wants to experience the consolation and tenderness of God simply needs to go to confession, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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Confession is ‘highlight’ of NCYC as hundreds of priests share God’s mercy

Confession is ‘highlight’ of NCYC as hundreds of priests share God’s mercy

| Sean Gallagher | November 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The National Catholic Youth Conference drew 20,000 youths from across the country to Indianapolis to be inspired by a wide variety of speakers, energized by lively, faith-filled music and to share in fun fellowship with Catholic peers.

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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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