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"Virtual" Sacraments Ruled Out
Zenit ^ | 2005-03-23

Posted on 03/23/2005 7:05:56 PM PST by nickcarraway

LIMA, Peru, MARCH 23, 2005 ( Virtual tours might be possible on Internet. But not the sacraments.

In the wake of faulty television reports, the Peruvian bishops' conference published a press note explaining, "There are no sacraments on the Internet."

The document clarified that "to receive the sacrament of confession, in addition to the conditions and requirements inherent in the sacrament, the physical presence of the faithful and the manifestation of his faults to the priest in person is indispensable."

"In no case, is the integral accusation of grave sins or the absolution of a priest at a distance considered valid by the Catholic Church," added the episcopate's document.

"Virtual reality is no substitute for the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the sacramental reality of the other sacraments, and shared worship in a flesh-and-blood human community," affirmed the statement.

It cited the 2002 document "The Church and Internet," published by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

The bishops' statement added: "There are no sacraments on the Internet; and even the religious experiences possible there by the grace of God are insufficient apart from real-world interaction with other persons of faith."

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; General Discusssion; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: catholic; sacraments

1 posted on 03/23/2005 7:05:56 PM PST by nickcarraway
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Wow. Someone actually has to say this?
2 posted on 03/23/2005 7:08:39 PM PST by RPTMS
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Wow. Someone actually has to say this?

Yeah, I don't know why those who had questions about it just weren't referred to Canon 964, sections 1 & 3:

Can. 964 §1 The proper place for hearing sacramental confessions is a church or oratory.

§3 Except for a just reason, confessions are not to be heard elsewhere than in a confessional.

I guess some argument can be made that in certain places it's almost impossible to confess in a church without possibly suffering consequences (e.g. Red China).
3 posted on 03/23/2005 8:46:47 PM PST by hispanichoosier
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