Sacrament of Confirmation

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

Artificial Birth Control — A Battle Lost

BY ROBERT V. THOMANN, AUGUST 16, 2019 A battle is a confrontation between an enemy invading to dominate and a friend defending to protect. In the Church, a most crucial battle has been fought for many decades between a culture that has invaded to dominate with artificial birth control (ABC) as... read more

Priest: What the Church needs today is clergy who’ll face martyrdom gladly

By Fr. Michael P. Orsi June 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Amid the great scandal that never ends — that, indeed, seems only to get worse and worse — the tendency among many priests is to put on a smiling face, preach about God’s love, and hope they don’t lose too many parishioners to the... read more

Saint Tarcisius, the Catholic Priesthood, and Sexual Abuse

By Judie Brown, September 18, 2018 The current scandals in the Catholic Church have caused great pain for many of us. Yet, in the midst of this tragedy, words of wisdom and insight—especially those of Monsignor Charles Pope—help and guide us. He tells us that the current situation is a... read more

“Confirmation isn’t a coming of age ritual”

Director of Parish Faith Formation for Diocese of Orange: "The rites of initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, in that order" May 17, 2018 The first step in our initiation into Christian life is the sacrament Baptism. In fact, because of your Baptism you are Christian. But in... read more

NH Diocese Becomes Latest Diocese to Restore Order of Sacraments

The Manchester move to bring confirmation back to its place before first Eucharist is rooted in a program of lifelong formation, advocates say. Peter Jesserer Smith, June 14, 2017 MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the name of raising up lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, another U.S. Latin-rite... read more

Amoris Laetitia: A Call for Clarification to Avoid Confusion

By BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER Editor’s note : With the kind permission of His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Crisis is pleased to share with our readers this approved translation of his analysis of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The recently published... read more

Why Lowering the Age of Confirmation Makes Sense

By Jared M. Silvey This past Pentecost Sunday, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the age for the reception of Confirmation would be lowered to seven. In addition, the archbishop said that he would restore the sacrament’s former place in between Baptism and First Communion.... read more

Denver’s Archbishop Aquila restores sacraments to original order

Denver, Colo., May 23, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order. “In an... read more

Me Choosing God False Theology of Confirmation

The following comes from a March 8 story by Catholic News Agency. Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota said he is delighted to have first-hand papal approval for changing the order by which children in his diocese receive the sacraments. "I was very surprised in what the Pope said to... read more