|God is present in every Confessional|
I just had a rather long conversation with someone about this and after we had gone round and round the subject a number of times it still comes back to the simple fact that the norm is full, integral Confession, and we need it to be.
Yes we can have communal penitential services, but that leads to full integral Confession.
|Priest Hearing Confession|
And if Priests suggest that the faithful no longer need Confession, then Satan will rejoice and the faithful will not come.
And if Priests put on penitential services and there are not enough Priests, and the Priest then goes out, thanks them all for coming, apologises and says that they might like to come back at another time, then Satan will rejoice and the faithful will not come.
Why? Because we are telling them that there is something more pressing than their Confession... and it may have been set up that way, with the lively expectation that there will not be enough Priests. And if they only come once a year, when do you think they will return?
|Montgomery Clift in I Confess|
Anything that downplays Confession is not of God.