I saw this nightmare on Twitter:
Think you’ve seen it all in the confession availability discourse?
Well then you haven’t seen the email my friend’s sister received, essentially telling her that she hasn’t donated enough money to “register” for confession at her parish pic.twitter.com/qrwDQBZpWS
— F?. A. K??????s???s-S?????? (@frajds) August 1, 2020
I was frankly horrified and more than a little frightened for the priests who did this. I was not alone. I shared this with a good canonist, priest friend. His reaction was:
That priest is on the way to hell. We should pray for his conversion. How awful.
On. His. Way. To Hell.
Ed Condon wrote, rightly:
This is, to be clear, so canonically illegal as to beggar belief. https://t.co/eAZxBpJdQ6
— Ed. Condon (@canonlawyered) August 1, 2020
Friends, make an act of reparation for this horrible abuse.
One of the things the bishop asks – during the ordination rite – men who are to be ordained is if they have the intention to hear confessions of sins and give absolution.
Also, another thing that this underscores is how malleable the concept of “parish” has become. I think that last document from the Holy See really didn’t address it adequately.