What constitutes a “good confession”?

  Q: Regarding the Catholic sacrament of reconcilation, what’s the difference between a “good confession” and some other kind? A: The only type of confession that is typically acceptable to God and effective for the forgiveness of sins is a “good” one. The late Auxilliary Bishop of Joliet, Roger L. Kaffer, who was known to […]

Washington Post, homosexual patient, plus many, many readers obviously have no idea what is required for a “good” confession

A Catholic chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center stopped delivering a 63-year-old heart attack patient Communion prayers and last rites after the man said he was gay, the patient said Wednesday, describing a dramatic bedside scene starting with him citing Pope Francis and ending with him swearing at the cleric. Details of the exchange this […]

Dead man sits up and exclaims, “Oh, good, Father. I’ve been waiting for you. I want to go to Confession.”

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What Pope Francis forgot to tell you: Before exiting the confessional, make sure you’ve been properly absolved of your sins

“Father, I’m waiting for absolution.” “Oh. Okay. Jesus forgives you. Go in peace.” “Would you please give me absolution Father?” “I just did.” “No. I’m sorry you didn’t. Maybe I’m being a bit fussy Father, but I really would like to hear you say the words of absolution.” “Okay, if you insist, Go in peace […]

True Funeral Confessions: One-upping Pope Francis.

by Doug Lawrence Pope Francis’ recent confession about stealing a cross from the dead body of a fellow priest reminded me of a funeral I attended a long, long time ago – and something that I had never before confessed. It was a pleasant summer morning at the cemetery. The grave had been freshly dug […]

Priest recommends dangerous practice of making a written list of one’s sins, prior to confession.

by Doug Lawrence In a recent article, 10 Tips on How to Confess Well Fr. Ed Broom offers a number of useful tips for making a good confession – but one of the suggestions is dangerous, because it can easily lead to a violation of the “seal” of absolute confidentiality of the sacrament of reconciliation – […]

6 Ways to Live a Good Life and Reach Eternal Happiness by Saint John Bosco

Born in 1815, Saint John Bosco was a man of extraordinary intelligence, charm, and physical strength—gifts he used exclusively to serve his neighbor in tireless efforts to win souls to God, especially those of young boys. He founded the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, a school and refuge for boys, and, in 1859, the […]

The answer to conscientious objections on settled matters of Catholic doctrine can typically be found in the confessional and the catechism.

by Doug Lawrence God’s laws require no man’s permission or acceptance. Divine law is dependent only on the will of God and his perfect system of divine justice, which is universally applicable and totally inescapable … even for non-Christians. Under the Old Covenant, breaking any of the Ten Commandments, or even the most insignificant of […]

A good article explaining the fine points of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

…in my experience, the Sacrament of Reconciliation ranks right up there with Marian Dogmas among the Church’s teachings that prompt the most questions from those inquiring about the Catholic Faith. Read more

A handy guide to examination of conscience for your “Easter Duty” Confessions

[1] I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me. Do I give God time every day in prayer? Do I seek to love Him with my whole heart? Have I been involved with superstitious practices or have I been involved with the occult? Do I seek to surrender myself […]

We’re all called to stand up for human life … for the truth … and for what’s right and good.

(Click on picture to enlarge) by Doug Lawrence The biblical account of the creation of man duly records the fact that the entire human race is derived from a single, original couple … and when that first couple united in one flesh… the first child was conceived. Like every child ever since, there was never […]

True confessions: Why I never should have had eight children.

When I was a happy mother of four, seriously considering and deeply desiring another child, an odd feeling overcame me. Over several days, my excitement at the idea of a new little soul became mixed with feelings of discouragement and fear. It began to dawn on me that I was barely good enough “mommy material” […]

Good Links for Catholics

All of these are good, recommended links (at the time this was published) but not all are necessarily 100% Catholic. A Voice Crying In the Wilderness American Life League Apologetics – Bible Christian Society Apologetics Library Arch. of Washington/Msgr. Charles Pope Ask Me About God Baltimore Catechism Bible – English/Greek/Latin Bible – Historical Criticism Bible […]

Good advice … no matter where you live!

CAIRO: The head of Egypt’s Coptic church has urged his congregation to refrain from confessing their sins over the phone, which could be tapped by the security services, a newspaper reported Tuesday. “Beware not to admit your sins over the telephone because all phone conversations are recorded by the state security services,” Pope Shenuda III […]

A Guide for Confession

Remember If you need help–especially if you have been away for some time–simply ask the priest and he will help you by “walking” you through the steps to make a good confession. Before Confession Be truly sorry for your sins. The essential act of Penance, on the part of the penitent, is contrition, a clear […]

A Guide To Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

A handy guide to making a good confession. PDF format.

Kids In Catechism Class Allegedly Required to Make Face-to-Face Confessions

Q: The children attending our Catholic religious education classes made their pre-Christmas confessions recently, which is typically a very good thing. Several priests were available, and our priests do much good and holy work, but there was only one actual confessional booth in use, so the children were arbitrarily lined up and directed to go wherever […]

Do you find that confession helps, and if so, how?

Q: Do you find that confession helps, and if so, how? A: Confession is good for the soul, and essential for salvation. Those who do not have access to this great sacrament will have to wait until Judgment Day to see if God has indeed decided to forgive all their sins, while practicing Catholics might […]

Confession….How do you repent…are you sure you’re forgiven?

Q: Confession….How do you repent…are you sure you’re forgiven? A: The first thing Jesus did after he rose again from the dead was to give the apostles the power to forgive sins, in his name. It was the most radical, head-on attack against the forces of Satan, sin, and death that the world has ever […]

Catholics, please answer me? Confession:

Q: Catholics, please answer me? I’m female. Long time ago I had a sexual relationship with another woman. Should I go to confess it to a priest?  My life has changed this time I want to be a good christian a good catholic? Please don’t judge me.                        A: It’s always a good idea to […]