Tough Questions on Confession

Saturday, November 12, 2011 8:49 PM Comments (7)

Can a priest force you to confess your crimes to the police? How about your parents? Or your teachers? Or your spouse? Or the IRS?

What should you do if a priest doesn’t say “I absolve you” in confession? How should you handle cases of doubtful absolution? What should you say to the bishop?

Is it possible to be reconciled with God without going to confession? What about Protestants who commit mortal sins? When is general absolution warranted? And what about the dying who can’t confess?

These are among the questions we explore in this week’s episode of the Jimmy Akin Podcast!

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Sinead O'Connor Laughs Off Pope-Killing Fantasies, Blames Own Twitter Followers

Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:00 AM Comments (25)

According to FOX News:

Irish songstress Sinead O’Connor came under fire a few weeks ago when she took to Twitter to announce that she would perform a “bloodbath” if Pope Benedict XVI visited Ireland.

“Young people of Ireland I love u’ said Sinead as she pulled the [f**king] trigger,” the artist tweeted, referencing the famous words of John Paul II, which he uttered in his 1979 pilgrimage to Ireland.

Okay, the offense meter just maxed out the scale.

But O’Connor is changing her tune, insisting that her words were all in innocent humor.

I’ll bet she is. I’ve got one word for you, Sinead: “NOT FUNNY.”

“That was just nonsense. Come on! See, that’s the trouble with Twitter, you know,...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, ireland, john paul ii, saturday night live, sinead o'connor, women priests, women's ordination

German Bishops Publish Porn?

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 11:20 AM Comments (27)

According to The Independent,

Germany’s biggest Catholic-owned publishing house has been rocked by disclosures that it has been selling thousands of pornographic novels with titles such as Sluts Boarding School and Lawyer’s !@#$% with the full assent of the country’s leading bishops.

The revelations made in the publishing-industry newsletter Buchreport concern Weltbild, a company with an annual €1.7bn (£1.5bn) turnover and 6,400 employees. It is Germany’s largest bookseller after Amazon and wholly owned by the Catholic Church.

Buchreport revealed that Weltbild’s massive assortment of titles available to customers online includes some 2,500 “erotic” books with unmistakably lewd titles...READ MORE

Filed under amazon, bishops, books, conference, german, germany, porn, pornography, weltbild

How Can Bible Software Help *YOU*?

Friday, November 04, 2011 11:08 PM Comments (1)

We live in an age in which computers are changing countless aspects of our lives. One of the things they are changing for people of faith is the way that we study the Bible.

Over the last few decades, I’ve watched how Bible study software has developed, and it’s reached a point at which it’s capable of doing truly amazing things—things that were practically impossible only a few years ago, even for people with extensive research libraries at their disposal.

Among these things is the ability of biblical scholars to do complex studies of the way words and grammar are used in the biblical texts. These have shed new light on how the authors of the sacred books wrote and what they meant.

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Filed under android, bible, computers, internet, ipad, iphone, logos, phone, scripture, software

God Supports Obama's Jobs Bill! (Or Does He?)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011 10:16 PM Comments (20)

In an article headlined Obama: God backs jobs plan, AFP is reporting:

The president rebuked the House of Representatives for passing a bill reaffirming the US motto “In God We Trust” rather than getting to work on his stalled $447 billion jobs program.

“That’s not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work,” the president said.

Hmmm. Think he went to far in that?

Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney denied that Obama had perhaps gone too far by dragging the Almighty into a fierce political spat.

Well, okay then.

“I believe that the phrase from the Bible is ‘the Lord helps those who help themselves,’” Carney said.

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Filed under abortion, god, homosexual "marriage", jobs, negotiable, non-negotiable, obama, policy, unemployment

Medjugorje: Where Do Things Stand Now?

Sunday, October 30, 2011 12:56 AM Comments (70)

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SHOW NOTES:

JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 018 (10/29/11) 

* VINCE FROM ST. CHARLES, IL, ASKS ABOUT MEDJUGORJE.

1978 CDF Norms:
http://d-rium.blogspot.com/p/normae-s-congregationis.html

Diocese of Mostar statements:
http://www.cbismo.com/index.php?menuID=98

Međugorje: Secrets, Messages, Vocations, Prayers, Confessions, Commissions
http://www.cbismo.com/index.php?mod=vijest&vijest=101

2006 Homily:
http://www.cbismo.com/index.php?mod=vijest&vijest=71

Background on the “Herzegovinian Affair”:
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Filed under apparition, apparitions, benedict xvi, commission, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, mary, medjugorje, private revelation

How Magisterial Was Monday's Finance Document?

Friday, October 28, 2011 5:11 PM Comments (26)

As we saw previously, many commentators—including George Weigel, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, and Mark Brumley—were quick to point out that the “note” released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on world finance should not be understood as a magisterial act which the faithful were bound to accept with religious submission of intellect and will. At least not as a whole (it did, however, contain quotations from prior documents of a magisterial nature).

From what the average person could tell from the way the document was reported by some in the mainstream media, though, the document was fully back by the teaching authority of the pope himself.

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Filed under benedict xvi, finance, george weigel, john zuhlsdorf, magisterium, mark brumley, pontifical commission for justice and peace, stock market, teaching authority

Just How "Major" Was Monday's Finance Document?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 10:13 PM Comments (31)

There was a lot of buzz leading up to the the note on world financial matters released by the Holy See on Monday.

One of the first references I saw to it was in a story with a headline something like “Major Vatican Document to Be Released Monday.” I clicked on the story and saw that the document in question was to be released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. My eyebrows immediately went up, and I began pondering the sense in which the term “major” was being used.

I suspect that the person who wrote the headline was using the term in its ordinary sense, which would signify a document of great importance relative to others issued by the Holy See, on some kind of absolute or...READ MORE

Filed under benedict, curia, finance, george weigel, john zuhlsdorf, justice and peace, magisterium, mark brumley, pcjp, pontifical council for justice and peace

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."