I have been harping on the need for a revival of the Sacrament of Penance. This means that priests have to hear confessions and preach about confession. As a matter of fact, if Pope Benedict has a “Marshall Plan” for reviving our Catholic identity, maybe we need a “Manhattan Project” for a revival of the Sacrament of Penance.
In any event, I received new from a priest who reads here that there is going to be a conference in July in Louisville, KY for confessors (“confessors” are priests who have the faculty regularly to receive sacramental confessions). Here is the conference blurb at the conference site:
The Thomistic Institute is pleased to offer this conference for diocesan priests interested in practical strategies to become better confessors, to increase the practice of confession in their parishes, and to exercise more fruitfully their spiritual fatherhood in this important ministry. Prompted by the call of Pope Benedict to renew the ministry of confessor and guided by the wisdom of the Thomistic tradition, the conference consists of practical talks and roundtable discussions on issues of immediate relevance to the life of contemporary priests. Led by an impressive cadre of experienced and knowledgeable speakers, and set in a comfortable fraternal atmosphere, with meals together, it offers ample time for prayer, rest, and recreation.
There is plenty more information at the conference site. However, I am also told that there will be special hotel rates for the reverend attendees and there will be a shuttle to the conference venue which is St. Louis Bertrand Church.
I am pretty sure that this is for Catholic priests only.