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Daily Catholic Question

Is confession by e-mail allowed?

The person going to confession and the priest hearing that confession must be in the same physical place. It is not possible to celebrate this sacrament by phone, letter or e-mail.

Why not? Although in one sense the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a private act (we do not mention our sins before a group), in another sense it is a public act (we have all sinned and we all need forgiveness). The reconciliation intended by this sacrament is twofold—with God and with the community of believers, as well as the larger human community.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
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George: If Mary Magdalene was the victim of misunderstanding, George is the object of a vast amount of imagination. There is every reason to believe that he was a real martyr who suffered at Lydda in Palestine, probably before the time of Constantine. The Church adheres to his memory, but not to the legends surrounding his life. 
<p>That he was willing to pay the supreme price to follow Christ is what the Church believes. And it is enough.</p><p></p><p>The story of George's slaying the dragon, rescuing the king's daughter and converting Libya is a 12th-century Italian fable. George was a favorite patron saint of crusaders, as well as of Eastern soldiers in earlier times. He is a patron saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Catalonia, Genoa and Venice.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus was equal to the Father but did not feel it was below his dignity to obey. We cannot be free unless we are able to surrender our will freely to the will of God. We must obey with full freedom in a spirit of unity and submission and through wholehearted free service to Christ.

 
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