From a reader:
If you were confessing to a Bishop or a Cardinal or even the Holy
Father would you say “Bless me Bishop” or “Bless me your Eminence” etc
Sure. You could do it that way. If would be proper. But you could always stick with “Bless me, Father…”. There is no title which is more appreciated than that.
I know of few bishops who regularly hear confessions in their cathedral churches. The best example I know of is His Excellency Most Rev. Robert Finn, Bishops of Kansas City-St. Joseph. From the times I have met and spoken with him, I have a sense that he would be an outstanding confessor. He has his name on one of the confessionals in the Cathedral in Kansas City.
Perhaps you readers have some edifying information of which I know naught.
Would that bishops and cardinals put on the purple stole and heard confessions regularly. I’ll bet most of them would like to. One might object with some practical reasons why that wouldn’t be feasible on a regular basis… but I am not sure how good those reasons would be when placed in the balance of the great need in the Church today to revive the Sacrament of Penance and give a good example to priests.
Remember: Except in the case of the lifting of some censures, you are not more forgiven when you receive absolution from Pope Sixtus the Sixth in St. John Lateran than you are from receiving it from Fr. Joe Bagofdoughnuts at St. Ipsidipsy in Tall Tree Circle.
You are not more married if a bishop does the nuptials.
You don’t receive more Jesus if a cardinal says the Mass.
You aren’t more anointed if a monsignor, or canon, or bishop or other great prelate does it.
You might be more buried if the bishop does the graveside … gotta think about that one. But the grace wouldn’t be more blessed if blessed by the bishop rather than the assistant at your parish.