Monday, March 14, 2016
Sins 'Reserved To The Holy See' To Be Absolved
In Rome on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Pope Francis commissioned Reverend Monsignor George A. Majoros, Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Bridgeport (Montgomery County) as a Missionary of Mercy. During the ceremony, Monsignor Majoros was part of a select international group of over 1,000 priests who are being sent forth by the Vatican to serve as Missionaries of Mercy in (Arch)Dioceses around the world.
These Missionaries of Mercy are available, upon invitation, to preach about the infinite mercy of God during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, previously called for by the Holy Father, and to hear confessions.
They have also been given the authority of the Holy Father to absolve in his name certain sins that are ordinarily only forgiven by the Pope. These specific types of sins are commonly known as sins “reserved to the Holy See.”
Monsignor Majoros will be serving in this capacity throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and can be invited to other dioceses by their respective bishop during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which ends on November 20, 2016. He was ordained to the Priesthood in May of 1979 by John Cardinal Krol. He was named Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI in October of 2009. Over the past 37 years, Monsignor Majoros has served in numerous parishes and schools in the City of Philadelphia as well as Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.