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I am changing my mind on Confession

The debate has been going on for some time about the seal of Confession (the Sacrament of Reconciliation) in the Catholic Church. There have been calls to make it obligatory for priests, if they are told in the sacrament that the penitent is sexually abusing a minor, they must inform the authorities. This is a difficult one, since the seal of confession (the requirement that a priest can never reveal what he hears in confession) is one of the most serious obligations for any priest, and if that is compromised in any way it undermines the sacrament as we have known it.

Pope Francis is not the only one being attacked by the American Right.

Silenced Priest Who Denies the Virginity of Mary to Offer LGBT Retreat at Jesuit Center in PA

From November 9-11, 2018, New Ways Ministry will offer a “retreat for LGBT Catholics, families, pastoral ministers, and allies – facilitated by Fr. Tony Flannery, CSsR.” The retreat is titled: “New Language for Old Truths.” The retreat will be held at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth located in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. The Jesuit Center is the former novitiate house of the Society’s Maryland Province.

My Article on the visit of Francis (as published in today’s Irish Independent)

As I write this we are three days away from the arrival of Pope Francis in Ireland for his very short visit. I have spoken at a conference in Trinity College on Monday last (Voices Pope Francis will not hear), and have done various media interviews.
I find it interesting that as the week goes on I am becoming more and more a defender of the Pope against a barrage of negativity, especially in the media commentary and from the various spokespersons for different groups.

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