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 the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on “Catholic Answers Live.”
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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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 020 (11/12/11)
* DANIEL FROM PHILADELPHIA ASKS IF A PRIEST CAN WITHHOLD ABSOLUTION TO FORCE A MURDERER TO TURN HIMSELF INTO THE POLICE
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1447
Code of Canon Law 983-984
* TONY ASKS IF A PARTICULAR FORMULA OF ABSOLUTION IS VALID
* FRANK FROM SCOTLAND ASKS ABOUT RECONCILIATION APART FROM THE SACRAMENT
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1451-1453, 1483-1484, 1532
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