Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest?
-- Alexis, 7th grade, All Souls Catholic School, Sanford
“Confession” as it is more commonly called is the Sacrament of Penance. This particular Sacrament may only be presided over by a priest or a bishop who can offer “sacramental absolution” (forgiveness) in the name of the Lord Jesus and His Church.
Catholics are encouraged to make an individual examination of conscience and to pray an “Act of Contrition” as a part of our daily lives. Sacramental Confession, when there is serious sin present, is a special part of our lives as Catholics. Catholics are encouraged to celebrate this sacrament at least once a year especially in the Seasons of Lent and Advent.
This month's question was answered by the Very Reverend Robert Webster, director of Liturgy for the Diocese of Orlando
Why do you need to take a saint’s name when you are being confirmed?
--Kira, 7th grade, All Souls Catholic School, Sanford
You do not need to take a saints name as a “confirmation name.” It has been something of a “tradition” to do this but it is not required that you follow this tradition. It is a reminder that we our lives begin anew such as in the case of “Abram who became Abraham” and “Saul who became Paul.”
This month’s question was answered by the Very Reverend Robert Webster, Director of the Office of Liturgy for the Diocese of Orlando.