'Catholic News' Tagged Posts (Page 2)

'Catholic News' Tagged Posts (Page 2)

Coronavirus: Bishop Sullivan Dispenses Catholics from Sunday Mass Obligation

In response to the recommendations of civic authorities, and regional and national health experts, I have decided to temporarily dispense all Catholics within the Diocese of Camden from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Those who are concerned that attending Mass may compromise their health and those currently suffering illness are not obliged to attend Mass until they are in good health. I strongly encourage those who choose not to attend Sunday Mass to avail themselves of other opportunities by…

“Guiding Star at the Shores” Project

The Knights of Columbus are pleased to extend their support towards a new Pro-Life initiative coming to our area called, “Guiding Star at the Shores.” The goal of this project is to establish a new local Women’s Health Facility dedicated to creating a new standard in women’s healthcare helping women to understand, embrace and love their natural bodies. This new “Guiding Star Center” will offer services in four core women’s health areas: Natural Fertility and Family Planning Pregnancy and Childbirth Breastfeeding and Postpartum Family…

Protecting seal of confession called essential for civilized society

SALEM, Ore. (CNS) — When Ethan K. Alano walks into the reconciliation room at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem, he bares his soul before God and goes into detail about his sins during confession. Alano’s trust in the priest is solid. He is certain that anything he says in the confessional is confidential, allowing him to air his sins in complete specificity so that he may receive a just penance, reaffirming his relationship with the Lord. That penitential…

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…
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