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COMMENTARY: The clarity around confessions has not matched the clarity about the Holy Mass.

By Father Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN News, 4/3/20

Father Raymond J. de Souza is the editor in chief of Convivium magazine.

Many dioceses are “suspending” the sacrament of confession. As the permission of the bishop is required for the validity of absolution, it is necessary to clarify that even when “suspended” confessions remain valid.

Yet priests are still in need of pastoral guidance. And the guidance that the sacrament is to be entirely suspended creates some confusion for them and the faithful.

It is an issue of some urgency, as many priests report that — where confessions are available — there is an uptick in penitents, including those who have not confessed for many years. That is to be expected in spiritually intense times; the same happened after 9/11 and the death of St. John Paul II, the 15th anniversary of which was yesterday, April 2. ….

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