How to Have Our Sins Absolved in These Critical Times of Apostasy

                           Where Can I Find Validly Ordained Priests?

     In the Roman Rite, the Rite of Ordination, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, was invalidated on October 28, 1968. This means that only elderly Priests would still be validly ordained. They are mostly to be found in care facilities for the aged, and some who belong to religious orders have their own care facilities for their retired Priests.

     In the Eastern Catholic Rite, the Byzantine (or Ukranian) Catholic Rite, the Sacrament of Holy Orders was never changed, so these Priests, even if younger, are truly ordained. They can be found via the churches that they serve, which are listed under Byzantine Catholic Church or Ukranian Catholic Church (and then type in your city).

     Remember, ORTHODOX is NOT CATHOLIC. They are heretics, so you must not go to any Priest that is from an Orthodox church (such as Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox).

How to Ask for Your Confession to be Heard

    It is important to have your sins (especially mortal sins) absolved, so simply ask for when Confessions are heard, and if necessary, make an appointment.

     When you meet the Priest, ask what year he was ordained (for the Roman Rite Priest) or ask if he was ordained through the Byzantine Rite (for the Ukranian Catholic Priest). 

     Do not engage in a theological debate or conversation. Simply thank him for hearing your confession and ask him if you may begin. Remember Christ's words: the meek shall inherit the earth.


     Your CONTRITION is the MATTER of this Holy Sacrament; that is, repentance or SORROW for your sins. 

     Without SORROW for your sins, you are committing a SACRILEGE, which is a mortal sin and which makes the whole of your confession INVALID!

     Begin by saying: "Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (say the years) since my last confession."


     Then, clearly say or read out your past sins, without excuses. You may begin each type of sin with, "I accuse myself of sins against the virtue of (charity, etc.)" and then list these sins.

     Likewise, you can organize your sins under each of the Ten Commandments, so that you would say, "I accuse myself of breaking the (1st, etc.) Commandment by ------- " (and then say these sins).

     You can prepare a notebook, giving a couple of pages to each of the Ten Commandments or to each Virtue.

     Write the particular Commandment or Virtue at the top of each page so that you can find those sins easily, and to help keep you on track.

     Of course, all this being said, yes, you may take in this notebook with you and read from it. If another sin comes to mind, confess it also.

     AT THE END OF YOUR LIST, say:  "I am sorry for these sins, and for the sins of my whole life."

How to Be Sure that You Are Absolved of Your Sins

If the Priest does not give the absolution after your confession or after his words of guidance, then ask him for it by saying, "Father, I beg to be absolved of my sins." or simply, "Father, please absolve me of my sins."

For the older Priest of the Roman Rite, you may ask for this absolution to be in Latin, and if he does not remember it, you may bring a typed out copy of this with you:

"Te absólvo a peccátis tuis, in Nomine Patris, et Filio, et Spiritus Sancti." [Source: Saint Anthony Daily Missal, p. 1874.]

Regardless of the Priest, he must do the sign of the Cross when he says the words of absolution.