Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Confession spurs New Evangelization, Pope says

CWN - March 09, 2012

The sacrament of Reconciliation is an important part of the New Evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI argued in a March 9 address to 1,300 clerics participating in an annual course on the “internal forum” hosted by the Apostolic Penitentiary. "The Sacraments and the announcement of the Word must, in fact, never be seen as separate from one another,” the Pope said. He explained the role of Confession in the process of evangelization:

True conversion of hearts, which means opening ourselves to the transforming and regenerative action of God, is the 'motor' of all reform and turns into an authentic force for evangelization.
To be effective in their role as confessors and thus as promoters of the New Evangelization, Pope Benedict said, priests must be conscious of the fact that they, too, are sinners, in need of forgiveness, and should make frequent use of the sacrament as penitents themselves.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($20,385 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,615.48
58% 42%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer 17 hours ago
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra 19 hours ago
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger 21 hours ago
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again 22 hours ago
Improving the Church April 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days