Sacrament of Confession

Mixed Messages from the Vatican and Bishops

By Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, October 14, 2020 With the pope’s approval, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has issued a letter entitled The Good Samaritan devoted to the care of persons in the critical and terminal phases of life. Those hoping to renew Christian moral... read more

Banish Sin, Transform the Church

David G Bonagura, Jr., August 16, 2020 The Second Vatican Council is back in the news lately, with two prominent, tradition-minded bishops revisiting well-known arguments of conciliar interpretation in light two recent Vatican documents, Amoris Laetitia and the Abu Dhabi statement [1] on world... read more

It’s Time to Treat the Church’s Essential Services as Essential

COMMENTARY: What God provides humanity through the Church is as essential a service as ever. Fr. Roger Landry Blog, April 28, 2020 In different parts of the United States and other parts of the world, we are reaching what many are calling “Phase 2” in the response to the coronavirus... read more

USCCB liturgy chair: No cell phones for confession, no delegation of sacramental anointing

By JD Flynn, Catholic News Agency, March 27, 2020 The chair of the U.S. bishops’ committee on liturgy wrote to U.S. bishops Friday, to clarify issues related to the sacraments of penance and anointing of the sick which have arisen during the Church’s response to the coronavirus... read more

Coronavirus may cause ‘grave necessity’ for general absolution, Vatican says

Vatican City, Mar 20, 2020 / 11:05 am (CNA).- Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, has said that the coronavirus pandemic may justify the use of general absolution, in extraordinary circumstances, for Catholics unable to go to individual confession. The Apostolic... read more

Latin American bishops to ask Pope for married priests in wake of new Amazon exhortation

Close collaborators of the Pope made it clear that Francis' post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia did not close the door to the married priesthood. By Maike Hickson, LifeSite News, March 4, 2020 Monsignor Pirmin Spiegel, the head of the German bishops' relief agency Misereor, announced... read more

Cardinal Müller and Bishop Schneider praise English King Henry VIII’s rebuke of Martin Luther

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNew, September 23, 2019 Two high-ranking prelates of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Gerhard Müller and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, have written strong endorsements of a new German edition of one of the most significant refutations of Protestant doctrine... read more

Why Even Secular People Should Defend the Seal of Confession

By Anonio Socci, OnePeterFive, August 6, 2019 A few days ago, Sandro Magister wrote an article on his widely followed blog Settimo Cielo entitled “Worldwide Attack against the Seal of Confession: Either Prison or Excommunication.” He was referring to the pillar of Catholic doctrine on... read more
Fr. John Kladar

My First Month As A Priest

By Father John Kladar, Diocese of Rockford, Catholic Link, July 29, 2019 It has been just over six weeks since I was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Rockford on June 1st, 2019. Since then, I have been able to celebrate over sixty masses, anoint several people, preside over a... read more

Seal of confession is an ‘intrinsic requirement,’ Vatican says

By Courtney Grogan Vatican City, Jul 1, 2019 / 09:30 am (CNA).- The head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary released a note Monday reaffirming the inviolability of the seal of confession and the importance of other forms of secrecy in the life of the... read more

Vatican walks tightrope on China, comes on strong with Germany and confession

By: John L. Allen Jr., CRUX, July 2, 2019 ROME - Now that we’re in the dog days of summer, this year featuring record high temperatures across Europe, one might think the Vatican would be entering a “mad dogs and Englishmen” sort of lull. However, that’s not the nature of the Pope... read more