I go to confession. Frequently. Or as often as I can, given the circumstances discussed below.
I went to a Catholic school, learned how to make a good confession, etc. And I'm typically in and out of the confessional in less than five minutes. Unless I have an unusually talkative priest. And even then it's well under 10 minutes. I just say how long it's been and the specific sins I've committed. I would like to be able to say how many times I've done everything, but I really don't know how many times in a week I fall into the sins like yelling in my car at the terrible drivers around me, not being as caring to others as I should be, etc.
There are two priests at my parish and one has even said I make really good confessions- detailed, yet concise. (The other once said I made a good, albeit "rapid fire" confession one day when I was speaking rather quickly, trying to allow a couple more people in the 8+ long line behind me in the final 5 minutes of confession)
But regardless of what parish I may end up at for confession time, it seems as if I can get in line behind someone who can take literally 35 minutes. And these are sometimes people who are going every week! I'm sorry, but there is a line of 10 people that would like to go to confession. You get the right combination of people, and it's just too bad for anyone not first or second in line. Too bad for the person 4th in line that may have a mortal sin they are trying to confess before Mass.
I am sincerely curious,
1)How does one make a weekly confession last 15-20 minutes, and
2) Am I wrong to urge these people to make outside appointments with the priest? Or am I just going to have to park myself in line well before confession starts each week so that I don't wait in line for 90 minutes, only to not have my confession heard before Mass?
Thank you in advance.