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Pope strongly requests curial officials to hear confessions weekly December 19, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Papa, priests, Sacraments, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.

And when the Pope “strongly requests,” it’s pretty much a demand.  Good for Pope Francis.  This is wonderful, I am heartened to see him not just exhorting priests and bishops to hear confessions regularly, but to take a step as Bishop of Rome to get those under his See to actually DO it:

Pope Francis has strongly encouraged the bishops and cardinals of the Roman Curia to spend time hearing confessions weekly at a local parish, according to a priest of the church in question, Santo Spirito in Sassia.

The announcement was made at the end of evening Mass on Dec. 15 by Fr. Jozef Bart, a parish priest at Santo Spirito in Sassia, and was reported by “Inside the Vatican.”

Fr. Bart announced that the initiative “had been planned to begin in January, but this week, word came down that the Pope wished to begin immediately.”

According to Fr. Bart, Pope Francis is doing this because “he wishes to emphasize the importance of Confession, and of God’s great goodness in forgiving human sin.”

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, has already been hearing Confessions at the parish for “several weeks,” according to “Inside the Vatican.”

Santo Spirito in Sassia is located on the Via dei Penitenzieri, a walk of about 1,300 feet, or 5-6 minutes, from the front of St. Peter’s Square, and is dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion. It is a cardinal titular church, currently held by Cardinal-Priest Fiorenzo Angelini.

Pope Francis has several times underscored the importance of the Confession for Christian life, especially during the homilies he gives during Mass at the Saint Martha House chapel.

On Oct. 25, Pope Francis preached that “confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, ‘Lord, I am a sinner,’ but saying it through the brother, because this says it concretely. ‘I am sinner because of this, that and the other thing’.” [Good points. I’ve never felt attacked or ostracized in the confessional.  I have sometimes felt scandalized, when a liberal priest says something terrible, but I’ve never been told “oh, you’re a terrible sinner, damn you!,” or anything of the sort.  The great confessors I have access too now are extremely good in their mercy AND correction.  That is a tremendous blessing.]

Pope Francis often affirms that he himself is a sinner, and has made it known that he goes to Confession every two weeks.

I am all for this.  Confession is the great, ignored Sacrament of the post-conciliar age.  This is a tremendous shame, because regular Confession (and reception of the Blessed Sacrament) are absolutely essential to growth in the interior life.  You simply cannot advance in virtue without examination of conscience and regular Confession.

I pray every day that every bishop of the world will demand of his priests three things:

  1. 2 hours of Confession in every parish of every diocese of the world, every day, 365 days a year, every year
  2. At least one TLM in every deanery of every diocese of the world, every day
  3. At least one TLM in every parish of the world, every Sunday.

You do that, and things will soon be right with the Church.  Especially the first one.  I pray Pope Francis exhorts these bishops and cardinals to hear confessions DAILY, because such is a tremendous spiritual work of mercy on the part of the prelate or priest, which will in turn spur further spiritual development in them.  Confession should be a foundational part of every priest’s life (including bishops), right up there with offering Mass and praying the Office, preferably daily.  Most of the great priest-Saints were recognized as great and zealous confessors, men who were willing to spend many hours a day in the confessional.  Think of the good that does souls!  Think how many souls are delivered from the eternal fire by this great Sacrament!

I pray every bishop in the entire world follow’s Pope Francis’ example, and gets all their priests hearing confessions daily!

Keep those papal Novenas going!  They are working!  Nothing is set in stone, yet.  With great prayer and sacrifice on our part, Pope Francis could be remembered as the most saintly, orthodox pope since Pius X!  Grace can overcome everything!



1. maggycast - December 19, 2013

Can the Pope make the bishops in the Curia go to confession themselves? If they are riddled with the “gay mafia” what are these messed up bishops going to tell people confessing homosexual behavior to them? I’m all for priests and bishops hearing confession but I’m more concerned about the mortal/serious sin of the bishops in the Curia if they are blackmailing sodomites. God bless~

Martina Katholik - December 20, 2013

I thought exactly the same.

Another question that came to my mind was: Aren´t the Curia officials not very specialised and have they not enough of their own work to do? I´m sure there would be a lot of other priests who could hear confessions but could not do the work of the Curia.

2. Steve - December 20, 2013

The Holy Sacrament of Penance was supposedly “renewed” following Vatican II. That so-called “renewal” resulted in the collapse of said Sacrament.

One of the most tragic mistakes of said “renewal” was the removal of confessionals from churches.

The confessionals have been exchanged for “reconciliation rooms” that are, in many parishes, located in chapels (or other areas of a church).

Out of sight, out of mind.

To localize Pope Francis’ promotion of Penance, I am familiar with the following parishes:

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Prince of Peace. Saint Joseph. Saint Paul The Apostle. Saint Mark the Evangelist.

Of the above parishes, I applaud and thank Father Smith (Pastor) for the holy and powerful manner in which he has promoted the Holy Sacrament of Penance.

Here are the above-mentioned parishes and their scheduled Confession times…Saint Mark’s parish leads the way.

— Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Fridays, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Church. Saturdays, 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. in the Chapel

— Prince of Peace: Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

— Saint Joseph: Saturday, 9:30 A.M.

— Saint Paul The Apostle: Saturday, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

— Saint Mark the Evangelist:

Wednesday: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Friday: 4:30-5:15 PM
Saturday: 3:30 – 5:00 PM

3. RC - December 20, 2013

Also of note today, PF removed Cardinal Burke from the Office of Saints

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