In asking this, I’m asking it with the basic understanding that the early Fathers and such taught and understood that those priests who had received the Sacrament of Holy Orders were used by God as a vehicle of His forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession/Penance.
So, I read, for instance, in “Catholicism for Dummies” some months ago, that (p. 352) the Catholic monks in the British Isles (a couple centuries after St. Patrick) were primarily responsible for the practice of private auricular confession. That is, before, it was more of a public matter, but with the growing recognition of mortal/venial sin differences, and probably other things, it was deemed more efficient or proper to have it be systematized more, and private auricular confession was the result.
Any thoughts or help on this. I’m not saying “Confessing your sins to a priest for absolution was new in the 7th centuries.” I know Fr. Ambrose and Fr. Augustine and others, like Jesus and Fr. Paul the Apostle speak of the Sacrament of Confession. I’m asking more about the way it was done. If there’s any substance to the British Isle’s claim above.