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Saturday, 21 October 2006

I'll remain anonymous, thank you

I thought this was a brilliant story. Thanks to Fr Ray Blake of St Mary Magdalen's, Brighton.
When I was an assistant priest in St Leonards on Sea, there was another priest, who used to welcome penitents at the confessional shake their hands warmly enquire about their health, ask their names, all designed to put them at their ease.

One day a woman came into the the Church wearing a motorcycle helmet with the visor down. The priest stood at the confessional door, greeted her warmly, shook her hand and invited to remove the helmet, she refused saying she wanted to have her right to anonymity preserved.

From then on the priest stayed inside the confessional behind the grill.
It is worth reading the rest of the post. His comments on confession are spot-on.
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