March 17, 2007


I saw this on the blog of St. Mary Magdalen, Brighton, U.K.
Click HERE for it.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

I recall reading about something last year where either some Franciscans or Dominicans had established a confessional in a U.S. shopping mall and they reported that business was good.

Father, which type of confessional is more used at the parish where you serve, face-to-face, or behind a screen?

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Dean Whinery B. said...

Would this be akin to the drive-in confessional: Toot and tell, or go to Hell?

9:54 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Bob, each of our confessionals here offer people the possibility of going either behind a screen or face-to-face. I have not taken notice of how many do it one way or the other.

Dean, smoke now or burn later?

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Loyolalaw98 said...


What a great picture. I can't tell if the bicycle rider is also smoking?

It reminded me of something i hadn't thought about for more than 25 years. I used to know a priest, now deceased, named Monsignor Donald Strange. He was a no nonsense type of priest! He built Holy Family Church in Orange, CA before it became the Cathedral of the Diocese of Orange (which was created in the mid to late 1970s.)

Monsignor Strange was eventually given Rector Emeritus status, and they built a suite for him adjacent to the rectory, with it's own chapel - altar against the wall!

Among the many things moved from his room to the new suite was a large trunk, painted olive geeen, which had stenciled - ala M.A.S.H. - his name and rank. He had been a chaplain either in WWII or Korea - I never found out which. He had something called a "sin card." Not knowing if the priest would speak the same language as the confessee, the US military had printed sin cards - these listed the major sins in multiple languages, and also had non-prurient cartoons from which one could get the jist of the sin. If the priest and penitent couldn't speak the same language, the penitent could at least point at the sin so the priest would understand. I think there was a smaller section of the flip side for common penances.

Incredible all the apparatuses, or is it apparati, involving confession!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Hmm . . . .

I have an idea.

What about a penance card?

It could have drawings of various penances:
bread-and-water fast;
alms for the poor in varying amounts.

Actually, centuries ago there were books instructing priests as to which penances to impose for which offenses.

I seem to recall there was even a penance imposed for spitting on the floor of a church.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This picture is of media hoaxer Joey Skaggs.

8:22 PM  

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