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Private Catholic Confession

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#1 Ek35

Posted 16 March 2019 - 01:49 PM

Does anyone know of any churches in Sydney that still use the traditional confessional booth?

#2 Literally Literary

Posted 16 March 2019 - 07:16 PM


#3 Ek35

Posted 16 March 2019 - 08:18 PM

Personal preference

#4 Literally Literary

Posted 16 March 2019 - 09:59 PM

The last time I went to St Patrick's in the Sydney CBD for confession, it was in a private confessional room. People queued in the pews outside.

#5 BeachesBaby

Posted 17 March 2019 - 11:27 AM

As per the previous poster, I was at St. Patrick's in the cbd for Ash Wednesday just a few weeks ago, and they have the private room. The pews right in front of the room have a sign showing how you queue while sitting down and moving closer to the room.
I also prefer the traditional room - in high school we used to have to sit in front of, or next to the priest and I just hated it. I hope you find what you're looking for.

#6 luke's mummu

Posted 17 March 2019 - 11:51 AM

Obviously by my question I’m not a catholic- but just curious- what do “ modern” Catholic Churches use for confession? I’ve only seen wooden boxes that the priest sits in , in movies!

#7 Ek35

Posted 19 March 2019 - 07:57 PM

The churches in my area use private rooms where you sit face to face with the priest. Not sure if this is classified as the modern approach. I find it intimidating and haven’t been for at least 20 years. I would like to go to confession but don’t even know where to start. Do I list all the things I have done over the last 20 years? I’m getting anxious thinking about it.

#8 Datrys

Posted 20 March 2019 - 07:41 AM

I think, Ek, if you go and say to the priest that you haven't confessed for so long and don't know where to start, he'll guide you through it.  He's there to help you, not judge you, after all (and you won't be the only nervous and inexperienced penitent he's heard).

If you have a particular priest in mind you might even approach him first and ask if he has some advice for preparing; I'm sure I've seen some dot point lists of "things to reflect on before going to confession" in a Catholic context.

#9 somila

Posted 20 March 2019 - 08:18 AM

So, from someone who has never 'confessed' in this way, is it important to list every individual sin?
(I'm used to non-RC liturgical confessions where everything is covered by broad, communal statements of wrongdoing.)

#10 BeachesBaby

Posted 20 March 2019 - 07:20 PM

Somila - I'm certainly no religious authority, but coming from a pretty catholic family, with 13 years of catholic education (alter girl, eucharistic minister, Sunday school teacher), I feel like I can speak to this.
I was always taught that confession is more about re-dedicating yourself to following the religious rules and trying not to sin, than it is for cleansing your soul of every bad thing you've ever done. For example, if you're having an extra-marital affair, and you go to confession to atone for that (since it's not allowed in the catholic religion), it only counts if you intend not to do it again. Just going for confession and then going back to having the affair doesn't wipe your slate clean for some period of time and start you back at 0 sins.

Therefore my non-expert answer to your inquiry is it's definitely not important to list all sins. It's important to decide you want to follow all the rules of the church (or at least the most important ones), before going. To be honest I haven't been to confession in years. I'm spiritual, and try to be a good person, but certainly don't follow all of the catholic rules to a T.

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