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You may have been going to confessions wrong. Here’s why

Many of us Catholics are tired of hearing our separated brethren insinuate or even directly accuse us of deceiving ourselves with a promise of forgiveness every time we sin. To them, we make sin easy: sin, confess, do penance and voila: you’re free. This oversimplified notion is wrong but not dangerous to the Church until

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Lenten Series: The Seven Deadly Sins

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We admit that shadows lurk within our hearts. “I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” (Romans 7:18) Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel prize winner and long-term prisoner of the Russian Gulag, said that “the battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” It’s

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Pope lauds ‘courageous’ witness of abuse victim who forgave

In his preface for a book written by a survivor of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis once again lamented the “monstrosity” of the act, calling the author, Daniel Pittet, courageous for his willingness to forgive his abuser and to share his story with the world. “For those who have been victims of a pedophile it

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Be Forgiven

As Christians, we all know that we are sinners. And, as sinners, we all would like to be forgiven of our sins. Some of us (most of us?) have at one time or another done some pretty awful things, making it hard to believe that we can be forgiven. However, the Bible professes that God

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Does God forgive you every time you go to confession?

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Answer: Yes, But … Confession like every other sacrament has certain conditions for valid reception attached to them. For instance, before one can receive the Sacrament of Matrimony validly, it must be a free decision, and between one man and one woman, among other conditions. Let’s say someone coerces a woman into marriage, will they

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After break-in, Bishop Conley prays for burglar’s conversion

When Bishop James Conley’s residence in Lincoln, Nebraska was invaded and burglarized this weekend, he offered a message of forgiveness and called on the faithful to pray that the thief will discover Christ and return the stolen items. “One of Christ’s last acts on the Cross was forgiveness of a repentant thief,” Bishop Conley said

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I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can’t, Pope says

In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject of forgiving priests who have molested minors, saying that the strength to forgive, and to be forgiven, can only come from God. Francis also told journalists that while he is willing to forgive clergy who

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