I apologize for the lack of clarity, and upon reflection agree with both your concern for the confirmandi as well as the lack of information in my post. I had assumed it was obvious that the abbot would have gone through all the proper measures. For those curious, this was our regular scheduled confirmation.
Joe, hearing from you that it is common is a little discomforting, considering I too am of said diocese. Now I think I’ve blown my cover. Anyway, I was wondering if you knew anyone confirmed by an abbot, anywhere. It’s nice he had his own crosier/staff though, he, he… I know he came a great distance from his abbey, and that his community is planning on moving to the border of the county to expand as well as move away from damaged buildings. Can you guess who he is yet?