During the annual Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in November, the U.S. bishops will vote on an important document that will invite Catholics to confession. The document’s intent is to encourage Catholics to mark Lent of next year with a return to regular celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.
The document underscores the connection between confession and the New Evangelization during the Year of Faith established by Pope Benedict XVI, and invites all Catholics to participate in this important sacrament.
The USCCB’s Evangelization and Catechesis Committee will provide additional teaching resources for parishes and dioceses; check the website at usccb.org for updates that you can share with your students. Encourage your students to look toward Lent 2013 as a fresh opportunity to make the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation a regular part of their faith lives.
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It depends on where you get your sources on Cardinal Ratzinger. If you are inclined to believe anything and everything that supports your particular cause, you will read news media that does that, even some Catholic progressive press. Clearly the Cardinal can’t follow around every newsperson to make sure that he is being represented truthfully. I think we as Catholics have to establish what is certifiably a Catholic Press. Many of the people on these newspapers are just volunteers, and their articles are like playing telephone and the subject matter gets misconstrued much in the way the game telephone does. If you want to equate welfare programs as social justice, than I have this to ask you. Is it justice when there is no way to get off of those programs? As Catholics are you supposed to support taxation as a means of doing your charity for you? OR is it more genuine and virtuous if you have to do the giving yourself by researching the charity and making the true effort to do the giving on your own? On abortion, how can you compare social programs to the death of over 43 million babies? Realizing of course that it was God’s decision that those babies be in the womb (if you in fact agree with the Catholic perspective that this is really his body). We have a chance to overturn this horrible law. We can do it NOW. We only need a few more Republicans, and we owe it to them to give them a chance to prove themselves. Believe me, I will and others will be writing them to push them, and if they do not prove themselves to be as they have stated…they will all be gone from their positions. GIVE THEM A CHANCE!! John Kerry has had 19 yrs to prove to us that he will do more for the poor, that he will do more to stop abortion. He hasn’t done it in 19 yrs and that is why he wants you to focus on Vietnam, because he is mortified to discuss his 19 yrs of unaccomplishments.