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I'm a technical writer at MicroStrategy in Vienna, VA.

I like running 5k, 8k, 10k, and marathons; watching movies; and reading philosophy or novels. My favorite activity, though, is hiking/backpacking/camping in wild areas and faraway lands ranging from Cambodia to my own backyard. And bringing my camera along is likely to make anything into pure joy.


Sep
11
awarded  Yearling
Dec
9
awarded  Revival
Dec
9
answered Which were the languages used during Mass from paleochristianty until Trent council?
Sep
11
awarded  Yearling
Oct
4
comment Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?
@Caleb, it's actually really very pertinent here whether a confession is sacramental or not because only a confession intended to be sacramental is protected by the seal of confession. If you just call up a priest randomly and say, "Hey, Father, I'm Caleb and I killed a man. You can find the body at this address," there is no canonical protection for the confession. (see Can. 983 §1. The sacramental seal is inviolable;)
Oct
4
comment Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?
Can 984 §2 excludes from use in external governance knowledge gained in confession - not the confessional.
Oct
4
comment Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?
@AndrewLeach, yeah, but that "without a just cause" is a HUGE nisi. It doesn't even require a proportional cause - only a just one, a "good reason" if you will. It's one of the lower levels of countervailing exigency. That's the same phrase that allows a bishop to let his priests celebrate Mass more than once in a day, which is, as you know, very common.
Sep
30
awarded  Commentator
Sep
30
comment When did the church in the city of Rome first try to impose a tradition on other churches?
That's my point, Mike. The church of Rome can't impose its will on anybody. How would it do so? The fact that other churches looked to Rome for advice shows they felt it had moral authority. That is the question you should be asking.
Sep
30
comment Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?
The physical location of a confessional is not the sacrosanct thing; it is the act of sacramental confession. The sacramental confession might take place discreetly in a shopping mall, and be perfectly valid, and completely protected by the law of God and His Church. If someone mentions having done a crime, or knowing such information, outside of the context of a sacramental confession, then the canons clearly do not protect such communications. They are confessions in one sense, but not in the sense meant when we talk about the sacrament.
Sep
30
comment Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?
For example, can. 984 §1 states, "The confessor is wholly forbidden to use knowledge acquired in confession to the detriment of the penitent, even when all danger of disclosure is excluded." This specifically means that it might be used in other ways not to the detriment of the penitent. For instance, the priest might call and place an anonymous tip that there is a terror plot. In a society where his religious obligation will be respected, he might do so personally. In doing so, he neither betrays the penitent nor abdicates authentic social responsibility.
Sep
30
comment Do Catholic priests have to report child abuse confessed in secret?
"I have been told that if a priest has plans to travel... the priest must not alter his own behaviour and travel on a different plane. He must act as if he had heard nothing." That is a popular saying, and even some priests will say it, but it is not in the canons. Canons 983-84 give clear regulation for the use of knowledge gained in condition. It can be used - though of course, never in a way that reveals a penitent's identity or sins. See: intratext.com/IXT/ENG0017/_P3F.HTM
Sep
30
comment When did the church in the city of Rome first try to impose a tradition on other churches?
@Mike, no, you missed my point. Of course religious questions will frequently involve controversy. Fine. Is this forum a place where you answer your own questions? I mean, it looks like you are trying to nail 95 theses on a door, rather than ask a question, when you start out by answering it yourself. Do you see my point?
Sep
17
comment When did the church in the city of Rome first try to impose a tradition on other churches?
@Mike, you would profit to ask how the situation arose that bishops or presbyters in Corinth wanted Rome involved, rather than asking why Rome pushed its supposed weight around.
Sep
17
answered When did the church in the city of Rome first try to impose a tradition on other churches?
Sep
17
awarded  Critic
Sep
17
comment When did the church in the city of Rome first try to impose a tradition on other churches?
@Mike, I'm sorry. Did you ask this question and then provide your own answer? Is that appropriate? I thought the s.e. system was supposed to be Q&A - not pamphleteering in Q&A format.
Sep
17
comment Catholicism and Christianity
@unregistered-matthew7.7, according to a me that I respect, your pastor is not orthodox. :P Ha ha. Couldn't resist. Sorry!
Sep
17
comment Catholicism and Christianity
@warren, "haughty" is irrelevant. The claim is true or it is not, or perhaps it is true to a degree. Truth cannot be haughty, even if it is spoken haughtily.
Sep
17
awarded  Supporter