Tag Archives: Sacraments

Church Uses Facebook for Sacramental Scrutiny at its Peril

Religion Dispatches: For all Il Papa’ssocial media encouragement the last few years, the Roman Catholic Church continues to struggle with digital ministry practice, particularly where new media intersects the church’s medieval sacramental structure. In 2011, a new smartphone app aimed … Continue reading

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Archbishop Phillip Aspinall: Priests ‘Can Report Child Abuse’

The spiritual leader of Australia’s 3.5 million Anglicans, Phillip Aspinall, believes that priests may be able to report child abuse revealed during the rite of confession without breaking the seal of the confessional, putting him at odds with Catholics.    The … Continue reading

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Australian Cardinal: Confessional Seal is Inviolable, Even in Abuse Cases

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, has said that while the Church will cooperate with a federal commission investigating child abuse, priests will not break the seal of confession. Someone who confesses sins involving abuse will not be reported to … Continue reading

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Australia: Priests Could be Ordered to Report Crime Confessions

The prospect of government forcing priests to report what was said in confession is the sign of a “police state mentality”, says a priest and law professor. News.com.au: Hundreds of years of Catholic tradition in the confessional could be overturned … Continue reading

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Eucharist

Have you ever felt this way? When I am before the Blessed Sacrament I feel such a lively faith that I can’t describe it. Christ in the Eucharist is almost tangible to me. When it is time for me to … Continue reading

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The Restored Order of the Sacraments

In via Fr Christopher Phillips’ fine blog: The Catholic News Agency reports: Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2012 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo said he is delighted to have first-hand papal approval for changing the order by which … Continue reading

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Tips for Making a Good Confession, Lent is Near

Fr John Zuhlsdorf has a helpful list. Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession o{]:¬) We should… 1) …examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly; 2) …wait our turn in line patiently; 3) …come at the time confessions are … Continue reading

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Can a Baby be Validly Baptised with Beer?

Canterbury Tales asks the question: In July of AD 1241, a pressing matter was presented to Pope Gregory IX (reigned 1227-1241). The minds of Christendom were perplexed with a complicated theological problem: Would an infant baptized with beer be validly baptized? … Continue reading

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Harry Potter Actress, 13, Near Death Saved by Sacrament

After Priest anoints her with Holy Water: Lucy Hussey-Bergonzi was a 13 year old child actress who had a walk on part in the film, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. Shortly after filiming she collapsed with a brain hemorrhage. Lucy was … Continue reading

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