Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fr. Hugh Thwaites on Confession

Fr. Hugh Thwaites

Fr. Hugh Thwaites, SJ died last month at the age of 95.  Fr. Thwaites converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism as a soldier during World War II, and subsequently spent three years as a prisoner of the Japanese.  All who knew him speak of his gentleness, humility and penetrating spiritual insight.  Here is part of a talk by Fr. Thwaites on the sacrament of confession in which those qualities shine forth clearly.   Unlike the miasma produced by some morbid German theologians we might name, Fr. Thwaites' talk, though never more complicated than a child's catechism, demonstrates the power and clarity of simple Catholic orthodoxy.  Too bad we hear it preached so rarely.

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