Category Archives: Sacraments

Arguments against Ordaining Women Deacons

As explained in my previous post, I believe that the Church possesses the authority to ordain women to the diaconate. However, the Magisterium has not yet settled the question. So let’s look at the arguments offered by various persons against … Continue reading

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Bishop Paprocki’s Error on the Goods of Marriage

In a recent document, Decree Regarding Same-Sex “Marriage” and Related Pastoral Issues [PDF], Bishop Thomas John Paprocki issued guidelines on same-sex marriage and the reception of the Sacraments. This document is generally in line with Church doctrine and discipline. But … Continue reading

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Joe Biden officiated at a Gay Marriage again

As reported in several sources, former Veep Joe Biden officiated at a same-sex marriage ceremony this past weekend. In 2016, Biden also officiated at a gay marriage. On both occasions, Biden had the role usually fulfilled by a priest or … Continue reading

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The Failure of Canon 915

Before I discuss Canon 915, I want to dispel you of the notion that any discipline is so long-standing and so thoroughly established in Church practice that it is irreformable. The Old Testament disciplines were established by Divine Revelation, and … Continue reading

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The Council of Trent versus Amoris Laetitia and the Maltese Bishops

“CHAPTER VII. “On the preparation to be given so that one may worthily receive the sacred Eucharist “If it is not fitting for anyone to approach any of the sacred functions, except with holiness, certainly, the more that the holiness … Continue reading

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The Maltese Bishops formalize a common practice in the Church

The Catholic Bishops of Malta have released a document: Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia. The document plainly permits the divorced and remarried to receive the Sacraments of Confession and Communion based on their own judgment … Continue reading

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The Next Conservative Pope on Communion for the divorced and remarried

In my eschatology, I’m predicting that, during the reign of Pope Francis, many conservatives and most traditionalists will depart from communion with the one true Church, and enter into a formal schism. They will depart over three controversies: 1. Communion … Continue reading


The Seal of the Confessional versus Grave Crimes

The Seal of the Confessional is absolute. The confessor is forbidden from disclosing the penitent’s sins and anything else the penitent says in Confession, and he is forbidden from disclosing the mere fact that the penitent went to Confession. Any … Continue reading

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How Often Should You Go To Confession?

I’m a lifelong believing and practicing Catholic. I’ve been to Confession innumerable times. I typically go to Confession every week or two. Refraining from cleaning your soul in Confession, for a lengthy period of time, is like refraining from cleaning … Continue reading

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Pope Francis appoints Commission on Women Deacons

And so it begins. Pope Francis has appointed 13 persons — 6 women and 7 men — to a group called “Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women”. Here’s the story at Pope taps pro-women deacon advocates … Continue reading

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Contra Fr. Regis Scanlon on Women Deacons

Over at Crisis Magazine, Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap writes on Women Deacons? A Matter of Authority. His post proposes that women cannot be ordained as deacons, and he presents this conclusion as if it were dogma. Yet there are … Continue reading


Can a faithful Catholic hold that Women may one day be Priests?

I’ve already written, repeatedly, on the topic of women deacons. It is an open question as to whether or not the Church has been given the authority by Christ to ordain women as deacons. So, until the Magisterium decides the … Continue reading


On the Confessional Resolve to Avoid All Sin

During the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the penitent makes an act of contrition, and the wording of many acts of contrition includes a statement of resolve to “avoid all sin”. But how can we poor fallen sinners tell God that we … Continue reading


Can we apply Juvenescit Ecclesia to the controversy on Women’s Ordination?

Here is a summary of the recent CDF document: Iuvenescit Ecclesia including a link to the full text. The document addresses the charisms (gifts from God) of individuals and groups within the Church as they relate to the hierarchical authority … Continue reading

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Adult Baptism and Actual Mortal Sin

A valid reception of the Sacrament of Penance, also called Reconciliation or Confession, forgives all sins, mortal and venial. The penitent is forgiven even if his sorrow for sin is only imperfect contrition (“attrition”) and not perfect contrition. But what … Continue reading

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If Pope Francis approves of Women Deacons…

…what happens to those women who already claim to have been ordained as deacon, priest, or bishop? The answer is very simple. Their attempted ordinations were entirely invalid, null, and void, and they would remain invalid. At the present time, … Continue reading


The whole Christian life ought to be a perpetual Penance

The Council of Trent uses this expression: “the whole Christian life — which ought to be a perpetual Penance” [Trent, Extreme Unction, preface]. The Council also taught that we make satisfaction for sin… “…not only by punishments voluntarily taken up … Continue reading


My prediction: Pope Francis will ordain women deacons in 2016

Here is the news report: Did Pope Francis Just Pave the Way for Women Priests? First of all, the holy Pontiff was only talking about women deacons, not women priests. The news media, as usual, distorted the Pope’s comments. Second, … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia on Automatic Marriage

As far as I know, Amoris Laetitia is the first magisterial document of the Holy See to decide a certain question concerning baptism and marriage: Amoris Laetitia: 75. In the Church’s Latin tradition, the ministers of the sacrament of marriage … Continue reading

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Divine Mercy Sunday plenary indulgence

A special type of plenary indulgence is available only for Divine Mercy Sunday: Apostolic Penitentiary Decree. “To ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a … Continue reading

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