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 to support preparation for and the practice of confession ended up generating more confusion than…

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 Australian reports: The Anglican Primate says the sanctity of the confessional should be examined by the…

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 by Victoria’s inquiry into child sex abuse. Priests would be ordered to reveal crimes told…

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 leave, I have to tear myself away from His sacred presence. – St Anthony Claret…

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 children in his diocese receive the sacraments. “I was very surprised in what the Pope…