A troubling question: am I to be denied absolution on my deathbed?
Jody Corcoran ponders the participation of the divorced and separated in the Catholic church after making his first confession in 30 years while on a visit to the Vatican
Last Saturday, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin expressed disappointment that so much media coverage of The Joy of Love - a document on love in the family published by Pope Francis six months ago - focused exclusively on discussions about the ban on giving Holy Communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.
As it happened, I was on a personal visit to Rome that weekend and on Sunday attended the Vatican where, for the first time in almost 30 years, I sought what is called the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation - or what is more commonly referred to as Confession at St Peter's Basilica.
Dr Martin made the comment above, and further remarks, in his capacity as president and host of the World Meeting of Families 2018, which will be held in Dublin and will be attended by Pope Francis.