Wednesday, February 9, 2011
So, there's this young priest...
Posted by Fr Joe
That, by the way, was the joke.
Pertinent to Brad's story on the "Confession App", I am not at all surprised that people are wondering if they can "txt" their sins for absolution. In my time, I've had people try to phone in confessions, email confessions or even come in the confessional with someone to have a "shared confession". It's not the 80's people. We don't do that (anymore).
Actually, as Brad stated, confession is personal and there can be no means of translation (even an interpreter) electronic or otherwise between confessor and penitent. Why our confessional at St. John's has a cable jack is beyond me...
While on the subject, it must be stated that confession is also protected under the seal of confession. So whatever you tell a priest is to be held in the strictest of confidence (more than Area 51 level confidence..come on, Obama, show us that alien!) and if a priest does tell of what he hears in confession, it is automatic excommunication for him. Over. Out. Done.
But as long as there has been confession, there have been jokes about it but truly, confession is no joking matter. It's one of the best and least used sacraments.
Maybe this year we can change that. Let's try to take the sacrament more seriously...while I'm still young!