The 2012 London Olympic Games are now history. For close to two weeks, thousands of athletes from different countries vied not only for personal glory, but also to put their countries on the world Hall of Fame. And since there is nothing one can do to change the past, all that the winners, and especially the losers, can make of the event now, is to learn from rather than being constrained by it.
The Sacrament of Confession, Reconciliation or Penance is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. The Church believes that those who approach the Sacrament of Penance obtain God's mercy for the offenses committed and are reconciled with the Church. However, fewer and fewer Catholics today are regularly confessing their sins to priests. In an interview with the curate of SS Peter and Paul Cathedral Douala, Rev. Fr. Christopher Geh Kum, L’Effort Camerounais throws more light on the Sacrament of Penance.
A priest should not break the seal even to save his own life
There is a grave obligation to keep secret whatever someone has revealed to a priest in the sacrament of penance. It is binding under mortal sin, with no exception, not even to save the confessor’s life.
Penitents unload their innermost thoughts at Confession
In the wake of the sex abuse crisis that smacked the Catholic Church, some western nations are now proposing a variety of legislative initiatives aimed at strengthening child abuse laws including obligating priests to violate the seal of confession and report pedophile penitents to civil authorities.