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06 Oct 2014 Vatican No comments

Be frank, humble – Pope Francis tells bishops at synod launch

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 07:45 am .- During the opening session for the extraordinary synod on the family, Pope Francis told participants not to be afraid of…

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06 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

Is hunting for sport OK?

Full Question I know that we are not to treat animals cruelly and that we are allowed to kill an animal in self-defense, but is it okay to hunt animals for…

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Patron Saints and how they are Chosen?

The History of Patron Saints The practice of adopting patron saints goes back to the building of the first public churches in the Roman Empire, most of which w…

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04 Mar 2016 Australia News Vatican Comments (1)

Australia's most senior Catholic Cardinal Pell says resigning would be an admission of guilt

Cardinal George Pell, one of the highest-ranking officials at the Vatican, acknowledged his fault in the manner he handled the cases of the sexual abuse of mino…

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15 Aug 2016 Q&A No comments

If you sell a blessed item, is it no longer blessed?

Full Question I once heard that you can sell a blessed item, but if you do, it is no longer blessed. Is this true? Answer A blessed item may be sol…

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02 Oct 2015 Europe News No comments

Irish playwright Brian Friel, former seminarian, dies aged 86

One of Ireland's greatest playwrights, Friel was educated at Maynooth The Irish playwright Brian Friel, a former seminarian, died this morning aged 86. Br…

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14 Jun 2016 News No comments

Orthodox scholars urge leaders to go ahead with council

The scholars said the council is 'an opportunity to commence a new phase of Orthodox witness' 50 Orthodox scholars have signed an open letter to Orthodox leade…

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24 Oct 2015 Middle East News Comments (1)

ISIS declares that no Jew will be left alive (See Details)

The ISIS terrorist sect have declared in a recent released video threatening all Jew. The message was read in Israeli-Arabic language, below is thecontent of th…

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31 Dec 2015 Q&A Comments (2)

Was I wrong to take the host back to my pew?

Full Question I sit in the first row at Mass because I am hearing-impaired. When visiting a church recently, the usher gestured for me to go up for Communi…

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Popes, Bishops, do they go to confession and to whom?

“Your Holiness”, “Your eminence”, “Your excellency”, are ways to address a Pope, a Cardinal, and a Bishop respectively. These titles, especially “Your Holiness”, would ordinarily lead people to think that maybe those who bear these titles do not sin at all. Some time ago I corrected the impression that the Pope does not sin since he is “Infallible”.

The Pope, like every other Christian sins (not necessarily mortally) from time to time and needs the redemptive office of the Church for freedom and growth. The Pope as well as any other Bishop, confesses to any clergy he chooses as his confessor and spiritual director. It could be a priest or a bishop. It’s worth noting that the Pope or a bishop or any serious Catholic does not necessarily need to wait to commit a mortal sin to go to confession. Most Popes go to confession daily and it’s safe to believe that they confess simple day to day neglects and imperfections not necessarily mortal or even wilful venial sins. A person CAN live a holy life free of mortal sins, indeed this is what the Church exhorts us to do and one of the ways to get there is to frequently confess even our venial sins to our confessor/spiritual director.

Infallibility as a Papal charism means that He cannot err while defining Faith, that whenever he speaks “ex cathedra”, i.e. from the chair of Peter as Vicar of Christ and Shepherd, that the Spirit of Christ DOES NOT ALLOW HIM TO MAKE MISTAKES IN DEFINING THE FAITH OF THE WHOLE CHURCH. This does not mean he cannot sin or even make erroneous pastoral judgement,  he sure can.


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