At Crisis there is an article which argues for the end of “reconciliation rooms”. I have always called them “lawsuit rooms”.
I’ve been arguing for this ever since I could argue anything. I think he over plays a particular issue but, hey!, do I care? He’s on the right side.
“Face to face” confession should be reduced as much as possible.
Can. 964.2 requires a fixed grate for confessionals. This is for the penitent, but it is also for the priest confessor’s sake as well.
The writer argues that people should have an option to open the grate, with there still being a clear barrier. I say, the priest should also have the option to leave his side closed, clear barrier or not.
The author also suggests that the confessionals should be in the nave within view of the sanctuary of Blessed Sacrament. He thinks that confessionals should have kneelers.
It’s almost as if, once upon a time, the Church knew what she was doing. Then, in the post-Conciliar springtime – which “beyond question” brought so many benefits for the whole people of God, we developed spiritual Alzheimer’s and forgot almost everything that worked, forcing constant reinventions of basics like fire, the wheel, cups.
Put in, or restore traditional confessionals.
GO TO CONFESSION!
You might tell your priests that you want old-fashioned confessionals.