“The Church is all male, all the time. We really need to look at that”, acknowledges Fr. Kevin McNamara in a documentary on Irish television
A papal advisor has suggested that the Catholic obligation to attend Sunday Mass “could fall” after the coronavirus pandemic.
German and Austrian theologians are proposing ‘do-it-yourself’ sacraments to beat coronavirus lockdowns as well as clericalism.
In two key moves today in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican said that the practice of general absolution – where a priest grants groups of faithful the forgiveness of their sins without individual confessions – may be permissible in some circumstances, and also that those Catholics who have been stricken by the virus or who are working or praying for its end can avail themselves of special plenary indulgences.
Is remote confession and absolution possible in coronavirus times, due to the difficulty of getting to the confessional and finding a priest amidst the outbreak?
A French bishop is still defending the sacramental seal despite a pedophile ex-priest admitting he confessed his abuse and begged for help.
Are the rules for the sacrament of penance laid out in the Bible? Should priests who refuse to break the confessional seal in abuse cases go to jail?
The Vatican released the “Note on the importance of the internal forum and the inviolability of the Sacramental Seal” on Monday.