Pope Francis has been pictured again not only hearing confessions but making his own confession. His enthusiasm for the power and importance of the sacrament shouldn’t go unnoticed, especially by his…Jesuit-minded…groupies.
During the event and workshop for confessors, the Holy Father said:
In fact, the confessor is called daily to go to the “peripheries of evil and of sin” – this is an awful periphery! And his work represents a genuine pastoral priority. To hear confessions is a pastoral priority. Please, let there not be those notices: “Confessions are heard only on Mondays and Wednesdays from this hour to that hour.” You hear confessions every time they are requested. And if you are there [in the Confessional] praying, keep the Confessional open, which is God’s open heart.
Priests, stop being LAZY and sit in the confessional before, after, and DURING (if possible)…stop this 30-minutes-a-week nonsense. ☩