Posts by St Damien Parish (Page 20)

Posts by St Damien Parish (Page 20)

Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not a new phenomenon

By Chaz Muth (via Catholic News Service) NEW YORK (CNS) — A symbol of the historical commitment priests have to the seal of confession greets people as they cross the threshold of a Catholic church in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Above the door is a stone-carved image of St. John Nepomucene holding two fingers to his lips, signifying that priests must never reveal what is said to them in the confessional, even if that means paying the ultimate sacrifice of…

California bill aims to protect children by breaking seal of confession

By Chaz Muth (via Catholic News Service) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) — When Catholic clergy, penitents, theologians and canon lawyers look at the wording in a California state bill that would compel a priest to reveal what’s heard during confession if there is a suspicion of child sexual abuse, they see an infringement on religious freedom. But the man who introduced S.B. 360 — California Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo — sees it as eliminating a loophole in the…

Challenges to seal of confession attributed to clergy sex abuse scandals

By Chaz Muth (via Catholic News Service) WASHINGTON (CNS) — For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues to be challenged by governments. Church scholars assert the concept of the seal of confession was given to the apostles by Jesus, eventually morphing into the sacrament of penance, providing the faithful with an opportunity to confess their sins and to be reconciled…

Join Us for Mass This Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, we remember our dads, grandfathers, and all men who give of themselves tirelessly and selflessly with unconditional love for their families. And let us honor the most exemplary role model and Patron Saint of Fathers, St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus and the loving, honorable husband of our Blessed Mother, Mary. To all fathers, please join us in the celebration of Mass this weekend and receive a special blessing from Our Father in Heaven! Mass Schedule…

An Introduction to St. Anthony of Padua to Celebrate His Feast Day

We all pray to St. Anthony for lost items. How many times have we said, “Dear St. Anthony, something is lost that must be found!” St. Anthony is venerated all over the world as the Patron Saint of lost articles and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things, and even lost spiritual goods. But did you know St. Anthony was famous for preaching, especially to those who had lost their faith? He had hoped to become a…

Join Us for Pentecost Sunday Mass This Weekend

This post uses excerpts sourced from Catholic Online. Happy Birthday to the Catholic Church! Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church. Because you are part of the body of Church, Pentecost is the Church’s Birthday, and yours as well. And like any Birthday, it’s a cause for celebration. The word Pentecost is Greek and translates to “50th day”. Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their…