I have had some encouraging email lately about people returning to the Sacrament of Penance after a long period. This sort of news makes continuing this blog worth the labor.
Also, some people send concerns about the way the sacrament is celebrated where they are. One concern I received today bears passing along. One reader was concerned that perhaps the priest hearing confessions was in danger of violating the Seal of Confession by speaking too loudly and making it possible, inadvertantly of course, for people outside to hear what he, the priest, was saying. This could indicate to people outside what sort of thing the penitent confessed. Think about it: “Serial adultery is a serious problem. For your penance….”
Fathers, keep your voices down.
Also, while being sensitive to people who are hard of hearing I will often ask penitents to lower their voices.
That said, Penitents, keep your voices down.
Confessionals are not always sound-proofed.
Finally, if you overhear someone’s confession of the confessor’s counsel, you are obliged to keep it secret. Do not be talking about what you hear. Ehvvvurrrr.