Friday, March 07, 2008

Good Friday? Confess Away!!

The indispensable, invaluable Fr. Z. posts the 2002 Instructions:

On this [Good Friday] and the following day, the Church, from a most ancient tradition, does not at all celebrate the sacraments, except for (the sacraments of) Penance and Anointing of the Sick.

We've seen that bulletin announcement that says "...the church does NOT allow confessions on Good Friday or Holy Saturday."


And while we are debunking 'LiturgyWonk/PinkTutu-Wearer' mythology, here's another one blown to smithereens--applying to all the OTHER days (including Sundays) of the year:

On the other hand, this does not in any way prohibit priests, except the one who is celebrating Mass, from hearing confessions of the faithful who so desire, including during the celebration of Mass.

There are some things which are simply more important than LiturgyWonk dreams.

1 comment:

Al said...

""...the church does NOT allow confessions on Good Friday or Holy Saturday"

My question to the author of your bulletin comment would be "Since when?" The followup comment I would make is: "I suspect since the priest didn't want to be bothered!"

I suspect those promulgating this idea are, like you said, the same liturgical moonbats who don't believe in sin (unless it is ecological in nature) or hell.

As Fr. Z pointed out, pope John Paul the Great heard confessions on Good Friday.