A person, who wishes to remain nameless, showed me an email yesterday that a parish priest had sent to them in response to an enquiry about Confession times. The response was that there were no Confessions being heard in his parish until after Easter Sunday.
Apparently Confessions were last heard on Monday of Holy Week and that that was the last occasion for Confessions in his parish for the rest of Holy Week.
I am an Anglican convert to Catholicism. I converted about 26 years ago when I was young (20 years old) and handsome. Now I am, sadly, just handsome. I drive my parish priest absolutely nuts, I think, because I often lightheartedly use the words, “when I was in the Anglican Church . . .”, in conversations with him.
One of the comments I have made to him on occasion, though definitely always tongue in cheek of course, is that it may be far easier to find a Confessor in the ‘Anglo-Catholic’ Anglican Church than it is in the Roman Catholic Church.
After hearing and reading this priests written response to Nameless, maybe I shouldn’t be making this comment quite so tongue in cheek anymore? Maybe it really is easier to find a Confessor in the ‘Anglo-Catholic’ Anglican Church, than it is in the Roman Catholic Church!
Of course I may in fact be being totally unreasonable. Help me please.
Am I being unreasonable in my expectation that this priest should give his parishioners and others who may need to go to Confession at his parish during Holy Week, more opportunities to make their Confession? (I know for a fact that this is not a question of a priest to thinly spread.)
Am I being ridiculous because I consider it absurd that the next time the Sacrament of Confession will be made available in that parish is after Easter?
Finally, since Nameless was clearly interested in going to Confession, should this priest not at the very least have offered to hear Nameless' confession, since the enquiry had obviously been made for this reason?
PS: The lighthearted remark I made, about finding a Confessor in the Anglo-Catholic Anglican Church, is most certainly lighthearted. There is no way that you would find it easier to locate a Confessor in the Anglican Church. I suspect there are some Anglican 'priests' who have never made their confession, let alone heard one. (I digress, as always; different subject for a different day.)
PPS: One last point to end off this post. It is a preemptive statement for just in case anyone tries to hijack this subject with that old argument that the Sacrament of Confession is not permitted during Easter Triduum or more specifically on Good Friday. Here are the words from the Missale Romanum, which, under the instructions for Good Friday, states: “Hac et sequenti die, Ecclesia, ex antiquissima traditione, sacramenta, praeter Paenitentiae et Infirmorum Unctionis penitus non celebrat.”
In English it reads: “Today and tomorrow, the Church, according to very ancient tradition, except for Penance and the Anointing of the Sick, does not celebrate at all the sacraments.”