Orderly Confession

At Latin mass this past Sunday, we didn’t have the priest who speaks about love, political priest, or philosopher priest (whom I haven’t seen in a long time).  Rather, we had another priest, whom I’ve heard on a few occasions.

His topic was confession.  He said that we don’t have to confess sins that occurred before baptism, since baptism washes sins away.  That caught my attention.

But he also talked about confession and children.  He said that the Catholic church has abandoned the idea that kids should enter the confessional and say “Bless me father, for I have sinned.”  Rather, the priest talks with the child and tries to move the conversation into confession, somehow.  The priest also said that priests should wait until the children say that they’re finished with their confession, rather than cutting the confession off when they pause, for they might still be thinking about sins to confess.

I like the concept of order.  I’m not big on, say, therapy sessions that start with small talk and then get onto who-knows-what.  I like what you see in AA meetings: a person brings up a topic, and discusses that topic.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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