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an act of seeking expiation through another from guilt for a real or imagined transgression.


n in spiritual and psy-chological practice, a process of acknowledging, repenting, and seeking forgiveness for mistakes.

Patient discussion about confession

Q. How can I confess to my girlfriend that I am bipolar? Not that it really matters, since I cannot attract a woman to save my life, but I was wondering if there is ever a good time to say, "Hey, I am bipolar" and anticipate the reaction. As a bipolar man who is looking for some love and sex, how should I handle the topic, if at all?

A. Thanks JennJ. I think you're right about the group mentality. Thanks.

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In the case of the sacrament of penance, a monophysite understanding of the church leads to a promotion of individual auricular confession; this is more the dispensation of a prescription through a grille than an invitation to a reconciled relationship between the penitent, God, and the community.
Step by step, inch by inch, by prayer, the Sacrament of Penance, practised by more and more Canadians, Canada can be brought to the glorious realisation of Humanae vitae loved and lived.
It was noted that the crisis among laypersons in understanding and partaking of the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) is now a crisis in seminaries and ecclesiastical organizations, especially among clergy not being adequately trained to deal with certain categories of penitents, such as those divorced, and those living in common-law situations.
Third, he tends to misunderstand and misrepresent contemporary church reforms regarding the sacrament of penance, which he understands simply as community penance with the priest as a type of presiding officer or moderator.
asks a Catholic question embedded in a moral theology developed for priests who had to decide the kind and gravity of each specific act or omission they heard in the sacrament of penance, and who were told to investigate both whether the penitent's personal behavior actually was sinful and, if so, how seriously sinful it was.
Above all nowadays, when the ecclesial significance of sin and the sacrament of Penance is obscured in many people, and the desire to receive the sacrament of Penance has diminished markedly, pastors ought to do all in their power to foster frequent participation by the faithful in this sacrament .
Because of the spiritual tools I have found on the Web, I now go to Mass more often, I receive the sacrament of Penance on a regular basis, and I am now working with a spiritual director.
Overall, the study is insufficiently critical for a theological assessment of the penitentials in relation to moral theology or the sacrament of penance.
A brief reading of the sections in The Catholic catechism that deal with the sacrament of penance will have us lining up to participate, as it did for me, a baby boomer who has returned to the box.
But I do not know how a priest can determine sufficiently well the disposition of the communicant unless the communicant belongs to a church which has the sacrament of Penance and the communicant has gone to Confession if a mortal sin has been committed since his previous Confession.
How does the sacrament of Penance play into this controversy?