Thursday, July 25, 2013

Confessions at WYD.

It is a good thing to know that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is still regularly being offered at WYD.  And better yet that confessional grills are installed instead of the usual "come sit beside me and look me in the eye or Can I give you a hug while you confess" kind of set-ups like this one in Madrid.

But notice how some priests "dressed" up for Confession.

We have to take into consideration that some priests here did not pack much for the travel for World Youth Day since most came from other parts of the globe.

I was just wondering...

If some priests can pack their cassock and alb into their luggage, why not the others?


But notice the difference in how they dressed up.

The priest in the foreground unbuttoned his clerical shirt and placed the purple/violet stole on top of his street clothes while he hears confession.

The most troubling of all if you look closely to the left of the photo is the priest wearing jeans, t-shirt and sneakers while the rest are in their cassock and alb.  And he wears sunglasses!

Hooha!  Vacation mode!

My take on this?

Tip of the iceberg.

This is what happens in all parts of the world in our Liturgy.  Not just confession, but in the Mass as well.

I remember seeing a "world renowned theological expert" talking all this supposed teachings of Vatican II which you certainly could not find anywhere, wearing nothing but this for Mass.

That liturgical abuser is theologian Daniel Pilario, CM.

Take note of that name.


  1. Love your blog here, but I just have to say one thing about this article: it's possible that the priests were asked to hear Confessions at the last minute, or they were not prepared to hear Confession. I know, I know...priests should always be ready to hear confession, but I always try to give the benefit of the doubt.

    1. Oh come on. The priests who join WYD know that they are there to help dispense the Sacraments. Look at the photo. All of them brought the right vestment save for that one in sneakers.

  2. Re: confessionals in Spain. I lived in Spain for a year and can attest that face to face confession is very common there. Penitents,young or old, had no shame showing their faces to the priest.