While some Catholics may shy away from the sacrament for fear of confessing
their sins to another person, an informal survey shows that a sense of sin and a sense of right and wrong is still alive and well in the hearts of minds of many Catholics.
Against the general consensus of contemporary historians, who conclude that the Confessing Church did not understand itself as political opposition to National Socialism, Kersting argues that the church's efforts at self-organization had a political effect, even if most of its members did not so intend.
This argument that the members of the Confessing Church were democrats despite themselves does not strike me as very convincing.
Otherwise, subjects increasingly will believe that they can avoid confessing
their actual involvement in the crimes.
Large urban churches in metropolitan areas had many confessionals with little lights above the entrances to signal, first, whether a priest was there (light on over middle slot) and then whether sinners were confessing in the flanking slots at that moment (red light above) or the slot was open (green light above).
(Six percent of those age 56 to 75, and 2 percent of those age 76 and older confess to never officially confessing.)
This imagery is made explicit (presented as an actual elevator-into-confessional transition) in a scene in Le confessionnal in which the pregnant sixteen year old Rachel tells Lepage's young Montgomery Clift-like priest that her sin (which is her contemplation of suicide) is "too horrible to forgive" and he replies that she is not confessing
to him but rather to God.
But he always protested his innocence and said the officers had forced him into confessing.
He was jailed after confessing during a three-hour police interview.
THOUSANDS of people have found a new way of confessing
their sins - using a mobile phone hotline to forgiveness.
If the rubrics for Maundy Thursday could reflect this reality, we would receive forgiveness without confessing
. More than not washing anyone else's feet, someone would untie our shoes and pull off our socks for us before they washed our feet, and afterward they'd give our feet a good massage.
This approach involves giving suspects good reasons why confessing
their crimes will work to their advantage.
With the growth of the church, people stopped confessing
to their church communities and began to confess all sins privately to a priest who represented the church.
As we stand in places named for their worldly power, as we stand amidst shrines dedicated to all sorts of belief, as we stand before the people of God and their leaders, confessing
Christ does not involve calling people to believe a certain way and thereby save themselves.
He was given two years' probation and 100 hours community service after confessing
to police three years later.