For the First Day of April: Pope & Archbishop of Canterbury recognise virtual sacraments

http://liturgy.co.nz/pope-archbishop-of-canterbury-recognise-virtual-sacraments/9224

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7 comments

  1. Paul, you seem to be on a roll lately. And I’m glad you didn’t add the tag “Humor” to this one.

    We can’t really call this “bad English humor,” since it is from New Zealand.

    Oh well, better luck next year.

  2. Geez, Paul, make sure you share this with Fr. J. Patrick Mullen and Fr. Cawley – will this work the same way across students and their sponsoring bishops from different dioceses?

  3. On his blog, Andrew Sullivan offers a brief quotation of John F. Desmond as an example of how therapeutic television shows, among other public arenas, have displaced sacramental confession with public confession. Sullivan references a recent Commonweal article on the changing dynamics of confession [John F. Desmond, Thomas L. Kuhlman, Kevin Tortorelli, “The Floating Sacrament: How We Confess Today”, (Commonweal, April 06, 2012)].

    Fr. Kevin Tortorelli’s observations about the changing nature of confession, including the move away from confessional boxes and towards reconciliation rooms, suggests that the next move is indeed towards a “virtual counseling”. The computer proficiency of people in my generation has demonstrated that for many the computer is an extension of a person, and not an adjunct device. Perhaps this April Fool’s post contains a grain of truth. While I don’t expect Rome to permit online confessions, over time the clergy in general and hierarchy in particular will have to sanction electronic counseling and interaction in order to communicate with an technologically-savvy society.

    1. While I don’t expect Rome to permit online confessions, over time the clergy in general and hierarchy in particular will have to sanction electronic counseling and interaction in order to communicate with an technologically-savvy society.
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      Electronic mass attendance is becoming the new normal for a lot of Catholics to fulfill their Sunday obligation to attend Mass. There’s a seemingly unlimited variety of liturgies from which to choose, OF, EF, Anglican, Byzantine, etc. Can online confession be that far off?

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