Wednesday, June 1, 2011

When Bad Advice in Confession is a Crime

by Steve Ray on June 1, 2011

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters:
The folks at Homiletic and Pastoral Review have kindly posted my entire article, “When bad advice in confession becomes a crime” (June/July 2001). Whole article HERE

The article explains how the canonical crime of solicitation in confession (Canon 1387*) penalizes not simply an attempt by a priest to use the confessional to solicit immoral acts from a penitent with the confessor himself, but also authorizes sanctions against giving immoral advice to penitents to be acted upon alone (such as condoning the use of pornography) or with others (such as approving of extra-marital sex).

I hope readers find it informative, and I appreciate HPR making it more widely available.

* 1983 CIC 1387. A priest who in the act, on the occasion, or under the pretext of confession solicits a penitent to sin against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue is to be punished, according to the gravity of the delict, by suspension, prohibitions, and privations; in graver cases he is to be dismissed from the clerical state.

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Running to Western Wall and Up to Temple Mount

by Steve Ray on June 1, 2011

Just posted a Running trip, “2011-06-01 Temple Mount”, to @EveryTrail. Check it out HERE

Group Run around Jerusalem Walls yesterday on Jerusalem Day.


Steve Ray – St. Paul Center Pilgrimage Day 8

by Steve Ray on June 1, 2011

Whirlwind morning to allow free afternoon in Jerusalem. You can see it HERE

Free time, fun run and walk around Jerusalem Wall, good eating and more.

Run with us HERE

Farewells, Comments and Bittersweet Departure

Final Video of pilgrimage