The US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations has asked NFPC to pass on information about New Evangelization resources available for priests in regard to implementation of the committee’s theme for 2014 – The Sacrament of Confession.
Fr. James Flavin, President of St. John Vianney Center, has developed a guide for confessors in dealing with those with addictions and personality disorders. It is now available on their webpage: www.sjvcenter.org/assistance-for-confessors.php?form_id=1
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, President of Saint Luke Institute, is providing a free 30-minute video entitled: “A Guide for Confessors Regarding Internet Pornography.” This video can be viewed at any time after December 1, 2013 by going to www.sliconnect.org. It will combine clinical insights and pastoral experience in the confessional to enable confessors to provide healing and assistance to those who come seeking freedom from the problems of Internet pornography use. This presentation will assist confessors in discerning whether a penitent may have a clinical disorder in their Internet use and some recommendations based upon the severity of their problem. It will also give practical suggestions that confessors may give to penitents.
The Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) is producing a written resource authored by members of their staff, Deacon James Keating, Ph.D, Fr. James Rafferty, STD, and Fr. Mark Toups. This resource will highlight the priest’s identity as spiritual physician, his role within the sacrament itself, and his own need to celebrate the sacrament as a penitent. This written resource will be available in PDF format on the IPF website – www.creighton.edu/ipf -. In addition, IPF will produce a series of audio files within which clergy give their counsel on the themes presented in the PDF file. This will be produced by January 2014. Finally, IPF will make available already existing resources, such as Fr. Mark Toups’ meditation on the healing of sin and the pastoral letter on reconciliation by Archbishop Carlson.
The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) is committed to providing three separate services both to its members and to priests on their website – www.cmsm.org – (1) brief teachings and admonitions from saints, doctors of the Church, founders of religious institutes, and spiritual documents of religious institutes which touch upon the mercy of God and the use of the Sacrament; (2) a posting of brief conferences on themes associated with priests as penitents, confessors, and keepers of the seal of confession; (3) a listing of religious institutes committed to offering the sacrament for priests in individual settings at least one morning or afternoon per week throughout the year 2014.