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Is Confession Biblical?

"Bless me Father, for I have sinned..." These words mark the beginning of the confession rite for Roman Catholics, as well as some Anglicans and Lutherans. When I was an Evangelical, I scoffed at the whole thing. "Why confess your sins to a man?" I would ask "when you can confess your sins directly to God!" For non-Catholics, especially Evangelicals, the whole practise of sacramental confession seems like an exercise in futility.

Part of this misunderstanding is based on a common Protestant misreading of a couple passages of Scripture...
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -- 1 John 1:9 KJV For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. -- 1 Timothy 2:5 KJV From these two passages, Evangelicals formulate the argument that we only need confess our sins to God directly, and that no human priest can act as a mediator between God and man. That sou…

San Antonio Parish is now Ordinariate

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, in San Antonio, has been admitted to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon from the North American Ordinariate website:

This means that Our Lady of the Atonement (OLA) is now an Ordinariate parish and school, falling under the jurisdic authority of Bishop Steven Lopes in Houston, Tx., having been transferred from the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The decision was made in Rome by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 22, 2017, and was later approved by Pope Francis himself. Final arrangements for the transfer of property will be completed over the next few months.

It is done. The trial and ordeal suffered by the congregation of OLA is finally over. Fr. Phillips will be reinstated as the pastor emeritus of OLA immediately, having himself been incardinated into the Personal Ordinariate and …

Why Use Sacred English?

A Catholic Mass in Sacred English
In a previous essay, I discussed the difference between Sacred English and Common English. I insist on using these terms to describe the two. Common English is what is commonly spoken in the world today, and as any casual observer can see, it varies from place to place.

Common English in the UK is considerably different than Common English in the US. Even the spelling is remarkably different. English in the UK primarily uses the Oxford Dictionary, while English in the US primarily uses the Webster's Dictionary. For example; in the United States we spell color, while in the United Kingdom it's colour. In the United States we spell center, while in the United Kingdom it is spelled centre. On this blog, and in my books, I typically use the Oxford form of UK English. I have my reasons for this, and some of them are personal, but for the most part we could just say it allows my writings to appeal to a broader international audience.

Of course the …