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

This Week’s Ask Alice: Praying for the Dead, More About the Sacrament of Reconciliation, What Constitutes A Shrine.

Send A Question To Alice She’ll answer as many questions as possible, right here, every Thursday. Email responses will also be provided, as time permits. Joan Writes: Where are references to praying for the dead in the Bible? And how can I refute my son when he says prayers for the dead are ridiculous because […]

This Week’s Ask Alice: Is There A Link Between Faith and Prosperity and A Question About the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Send A Question To Alice She’ll answer as many questions as possible, right here, every Thursday. Email responses will also be provided, as time permits. Heather writes: Why do you say God is going to make my life better if I believe? It doesn’t say that anywhere in the bible. Alice Answers: Accounts of God’s […]

Young priest says he knows the promise of the spirit is true, because he’s experienced reconciliation in his own life.

Father Rob Spaulding, a new priest in the diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was a seminarian when his life was changed forever. After having a few drinks with three fellow seminarians, Rob was nominated to drive the group home — but he lost control of the car and crashed, ultimately killing two of the passengers, Jared […]

A Guide To Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

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

On reconciliation and penance in the mission of the Church – by Pope John Paul II

ORIGIN AND MEANING OF THE DOCUMENT 1. To speak of reconciliation and penance is for the men and women of our time an invitation to rediscover, translated into their own way of speaking, the very words with which our savior and teacher Jesus Christ began his preaching: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel,”(1) that is […]

Yes. Pope Francis did indeed call Jesus a sinner!

This particular heresy is more typical of Lutherans Since God cannot commit sin, this is also blasphemy. Pray for the pope. Pray for Catholics who don’t know heresy when they hear or see it proclaimed. Read the pope’s words for yourself at the official Vatican News website. (Do it now, before the story is taken […]

USCCB 9 Days for Life begins today

Nine Days Of Prayer, Penance And Pilgrimage DAY ONE January 18, 2014 Intercession For the mother who awakens each morning with the memory of abortion fresh in her mind: that the Lord may still the terror in her heart and lead her gently to the well-spring of his love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. […]

Understanding the how’s and why’s of the need for our salvation in Christ is essential to our understanding of the truths of the Catholic faith

by Doug Lawrence For why did Christ, when as yet we were weak, according to the time, die for the ungodly? For scarce for a just man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some one would dare to die. But God commendeth his charity (love) towards us: because when as yet we […]

Legalizing Civil Homosexual Marriage: Institutionalizing an objectively (mortally) sinful reality.

by Doug Lawrence Anyone living “in sin” – i.e. two unmarried persons, cohabiting and having sexual relations with each other  – whether homosexual or heterosexual – institutionalizes and makes permanent a living arrangement which is objectively, mortally sinful. Many do not understand (or evidently, even care) that it is impossible to make a good confession […]

Does Catholic Answers think it is more Catholic than the pope?

Apparently Staples is assuming that the priests of the SSPX, and possibly other Traditional laity, are not united with the Church as a part of Her “visible bodily structure” or bonded to Her by “ecclesiastical government.” But is this true? The SSPX was instituted with full approval from the local bishop in 1970 and its […]

5 tips for practical Catholic living

Let’s use marriage as an example. With marital love comes certain obligations and responsibilities—some more serious, others maybe not so serious. If we were to compile these individual acts of love into a list, we would end up with a very long list. This list contains obligations that we must follow if we want to […]

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 – […]

New Pope is sensitive to Jewish concerns.

Under his leadership in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio made important strides in maintaining positive Catholic-Jewish relations following the transformational papacies of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI – pontiffs who launched historic reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people. Cardinal Bergoglio maintained a close relationship with the Jewish community in […]

Sally Quinn, Gary Wills and the Washington Post: Looking for God’s truth in all the wrong places.

Garry Wills, a devout Catholic and religion scholar, in his new book, “Why Priests? A Failed Tradition” argues that as we have seen in Vatican II, the church can and does change. And it should if it wants to stay relevant. Wills’s book takes the reader back to Christ’s time and walks through the creation […]

Laudate – Free Catholic App for Android and iPhones

Daily Mass Readings, Order of Mass, Liturgy of Hours, New American Bible, Rosary and Latin Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy (on Rosary screen), Stations of the Cross, Saint of the Day, Catechism of Catholic Church, Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), various prayers and prayers in Latin with English translation. Podcast for Rosary and Stations. Daily Meditations. […]

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 […]

Seattle Archbishop Sartain: Catholic Churches may not recognize same-sex ‘marriage’ in any way.

“Since marriage is regulated by both civil and canon law,” he wrote, “clerics must always keep in mind the demands of both law systems.  Now that any two persons regardless of gender are permitted to enter marriage as defined in the state of Washington, the law of the Catholic Church diverges from civil law.” “This […]

Reasons why they don’t like to see gruesome abortion pictures: #1 – Before you can flagrantly kill babies for profit, you must first dehumanize them, by denying the all too obvious reality.

by Doug Lawrence Every body part of the aborted fetus shown above is obviously human, since never in the history of the entire human race has a non-human baby been naturally conceived by two other human beings. Killing innocent human beings has always been morally wrong, so abortion is also obviously, morally wrong. Anyone who […]

How is a Catholic to respond when somebody asks, “Have you been saved?”

“Yes, I believe in Jesus and received his justifying (sanctifying) grace when I was baptized into his Church. Jesus saved me. And at those times when I have sinned gravely and lost this grace, I returned to the Lord to be cleansed again by him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) where I again received his justifying […]