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Confession (letter)

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 Contents - Aug 2003AD2000 August 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: 'Do this in memory of Me' - Peter Westmore
Documents: Ecclesia in Europa - Pope challenges Christians to re-evangelise Europe - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Bioethics: End-of-life decisions: the moral issues at stake - David Perrin
US research survey: younger priests are generally more orthodox - AD2000
Catalyst for Renewal Address: The legacy of Vatican II - Archbishop George Pell
Church architecture: overcoming iconoclasts and cult of ugliness - Larry Henderson
Is Pope John Paul II canonising too many saints? - Michael Casanova
Priesthood: Clerical celibacy 'for the sake of God's Kingdom': the Church's teaching - John Young
Letters: Catholic hymns (letter) - Noel Decker
Letters: Beautiful hymn (letter) - Therese F. Sellick
Letters: Confession (letter) - Joe Slowiak
Letters: Papal infallibility (letter) - Fr Brian Harrison OS
Letters: Sex education in SA (letter) - Kevin McBride
Letters: Martyrdom ignored - Tom King
Letters: Orthodoxy? (letter) - Brian Dethridge
Letters: Pantheism (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan
Letters: New Mass (letter) - Kevin Beck
Letters: Lourdes appeal (letter) - Jenny Davies
Books: Will Catholics be Left Behind, by Carl Olson - Envoy Magazine (reviewer)
Books: The Divine Primacy: The Bishop of Rome and Modern Eastern Orthodoxy - Fr Peter Knowles OP (reviewer)
JESUS: According to the Gospel of Luke (CD-ROM and Book) - Roberta Wilson (reviewer)
Priests 24/7 : A video documentary - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Great books at the best prices!
Reflection: The Apocalypse: proclaiming the final victory of Christ and His Church - Fr G.H. Duggan SM

It was with great interest that I read the article by Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM titled "St Francis on individual confession and receiving Holy Communion."

Fr Camilleri points out the lack of faith of Catholics in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the sacrilege of receiving Holy Communion when in a state of grievous sin.

Sadly, one must agree with Fr Camilleri. Many people are of the opinion that confession is necessary only when a grievous sin is committed and therefore confession does not apply to them, even though they may attend Holy Mass on only a few Sundays during the year.

After a while, the line between mortal and venial sins becomes blurred to such an extent that people regard themselves as "free" of mortal sin and consequently believe they have no need to go to confession.

Unfortunately, these days, the importance and necessity of regular confession is hardly ever mentioned by priests during their Sunday homilies. Many priests seem of the opinion that it is sufficient to indicate the times of confession in Sunday parish bulletins, even though few people may even read them.

JOE SLOWIAK
Semaphore, SA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 7 (August 2003), p. 15

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