A high profile ecclesiastic just said the other day that he now refuses to hear children’s confessions just in case there might be an accusation of pedophilia, you know, because it’s a private, one on one situation in a small room.
Such priests, especially high ranking ecclesiastics, can have normal confessionals constructed, you know, with a kneeler and a screen.
Forget the nicey nice rooms.
But these Judas priests from hell will not forget the nicey nice rooms of face-to-face confessions. The point of those forced face to face confessional rooms (which mostly have kneelers with screens that you arrive to in the room only after you walk past the priest) is to get rid of confessions, and, indeed, these nicey nice rooms cut out about 99% of confessions at the get go. The rest are usually by an appointment that’s extremely difficult to make. Sure, some people like face to face. That’s nice. Get over it. Start worrying that almost no one — ever — goes to confession because of face to face situations. Really. Worry about others. People are going to hell, for eternity, because they are not going to confession, because it is face to face. And that’s not nicey nice.
But Father! But Father! It’s traditional for men to go to confession to the priest in the sacristy just before Mass.
Right. Maybe one day in the future when a thousand people are NOT in the sacristy before Mass just to feel important, maybe then that could be done again. But the proper thing, even back in the day, and now in canon law, is to use a confessional. And people have a right in canon law to have the screen type of confessional. So do priests.
And, just to say, not to hear children’s confessions — which this guy propably wouldn’t do even if he had a traditional confessional with screens only — is so hateful to God and man that this is to risk going straight to hell. What a scandal.
Priests are ordained to be crucified with the Lord, not to be afraid of being accused, so that one won’t fulfill the purpose for which on was ordained and for which the Holy Spirit was sent among us, for the forgiveness of sins, because one is afraid for oneself? That seems to be about the most diabolically selfish thing I’ve heard to date.
But there is forgiveness even for such a priest. But, hey! With such a great example, many might be rufusing to hear confessions altogether, and he won’t be able to go to confession. Our Lord always works with irony. He better change his ways.
Most priests will have nothing or as little as possible to do with confession because they don’t go themselves.
There will be no new evangelization until priests go to confession themselves.
But hey there, hermit priest, we don’t sin anyway!
The first objectively grave sin is not to offer the possibility of confessions.
To the laity: Do you want to do something about this? Raise the money to install traditional confessionals in your church.