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The Sabbatine privilege

scapular

By Fr John Flader My daughter was recently enrolled in the scapular at her school but the priest didn’t say anything about the Sabbatine privilege, that anyone who dies wearing the scapular will be taken to heaven on the first Saturday after their death. Does the Church still teach this?   First, we should remind ourselves that the devotion of ... Read More »

St Michael the Archangel

Michael the Angel - Raphael

By Fr John Flader St Michael the Archangel is usually depicted with a spear overcoming the devil. Why is this? Along with St Gabriel and St Raphael, St Michael is one of the three archangels whose feast we celebrate each year on September 29. The name Michael in Hebrew means “Who is like God”, alluding to his special place among ... Read More »

The benefits of confession

The benefits of confession

By Fr John Flader I go regularly to confession but I know many people, including my husband and son, who hardly go at all. How can I encourage them to go more often and what has happened that so few go these days? If we look back over the years, it is clear that in the 1960s and early 70s ... Read More »

Adultery and divorce

Adultery and divorce

By Fr John Flader In my Bible in Chapter 19 of St Matthew’s Gospel it says that whoever divorces his wife, except in the case of adultery, and marries another, commits adultery. Does this mean that adultery is a ground for divorce and remarriage? The text you cite has been a cause of confusion and misunderstanding for a long time. ... Read More »

Rosicrucians

Rosicrucians

By Fr John Flader A friend of mine has been invited to a meeting of the Rosicrucians. He says they are some sort of quasi-religious group. Can you tell me anything about them? The name Rosicrucian comes from the surname of its purported founder, Christian Rosenkreuz (meaning “rose cross”), a German nobleman and former monk (1378-1484), who is supposed to ... Read More »

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