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Confession - Latest News
Sep 8, 2020 - 08:01 pm .- The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of confession to report known or suspected child sex abuse.
Sep 6, 2020 - 04:26 pm .- The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report on child sex abuse in the country's institutions.
Apr 6, 2020 - 11:21 am .- In an Easter letter to confessors on Saturday, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary wrote that while 'social distancing' is necessary amid the coronavirus, 'mercy does not cease'.
Apr 1, 2020 - 03:10 pm .- Many bishops have now also taken steps to limit or suspend access to the sacraments due to the coronavirus. Here’s a list of those dioceses.
Mar 27, 2020 - 05:00 am .- What is an act of perfect contrition, and how does it work? A CNA Explainer.    
Mar 20, 2020 - 05:48 pm .- A Peruvian bishop has rescinded permission for priests of his diocese to hear confessions by telephone, just five days after authorizing them to do so.
Mar 20, 2020 - 05:01 am .- Pope Francis spoke Friday about the importance of returning to God, the loving Father, in the sacrament of reconciliation.
Mar 18, 2020 - 04:35 pm .- As much of the world faces quarantines, social distancing, and “shelter in place” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics have faced unexpected challenges in accessing - and offering - the sacraments of the Church.
Mar 18, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Demand for confessions at St. Mary’s in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, has always been high: it’s a centrally-located church with convenient, daily confession times and often multiple confessors.
Mar 9, 2020 - 05:18 am .- Pope Francis’ daily morning Mass, offered in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he lives, is being livestreamed this week so people from around the world may join in prayer for those sick with coronavirus.
Jan 14, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- U.K. Minister of Defense Johnny Mercer has issued an apology to lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers who were reportedly outed by military chaplains.
Oct 31, 2019 - 04:21 pm .- It is fitting for Catholics to go to confession on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and to pray for the dead, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary said in a letter published Oct. 29.
Sep 15, 2019 - 07:00 am .- Pope Francis said Sunday that God forgets sins absolved within the confessional.
Aug 1, 2019 - 12:40 pm .- After decades, how one victim of clerical sexual abuse found healing, through forgiveness.
Jul 9, 2019 - 08:00 am .- A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor the day before it was to be debated in committee. 
Jul 3, 2019 - 03:21 am .- Dog walkers, bike riders, joggers, and Catholics priests hearing confession - most of these things you can find in any given park on any given summer day. But one of these things is not like the others.
Jun 8, 2019 - 03:23 pm .- A bill in Costa Rica would require Catholic priests to violate the seal of confession to report cases of suspected child sex abuse. Its sponsor says he was inspired by similar legislation advancing in the state of California.
May 20, 2019 - 10:16 am .- California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain limited circumstances. An amended text of the bill passed the Senate’s appropriations’ committee May 16.
May 15, 2019 - 10:47 am .- The appropriations committee of California’s state senate will hold a hearing Thursday on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession if they became aware of allegations of child abuse or neglect while celebrating the sacrament of penance. Critics say the bill would deny Constitutional religious liberty protections, and that there is no evidence it would actually prevent child abuse.
Apr 30, 2019 - 12:02 am .- If California moves forward with its proposed law trying to force priests to violate the seal of Confession, it is not just Catholicism but all religions that will suffer, said a Dominican priest in a recent op-ed.

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