From a reader:
We had a visiting priest today who refused to hear confessions because the CIC forbids the Sacrament of Penance to be celebrated on Sunday. I’ve checked my own copy of the CIC and found no such Canon at all. Are you familiar with this?
It is, in fact, licit to hear confessions on Sundays, contrary to what that man said. As a matter of fact it is a good idea to hear confessions on Sundays, especially to help rebuild the use of the sacrament.
The only thing I am aware of that is prohibited is trying to unite the sacrament of penance together with Mass, as is sometimes done with other sacraments.
The sacrament of penance as fallen into desuetude in many place, mainly because the attitude I am guessing is behind what that priest claimed, above. I suspect he just didn’t want to hear confessions…. didn’t want to work.
Let us go a little farther. I would remind every one that it is also licit to hear confessions during Mass, though not as part of the liturgy of the Mass, if a priest is available to do so.
This was long a custom. It makes sense: this is a time when people come to church! Get ’em while they are there!