I am in the process of moving. I’m also rather lapsed and not sure I will be unlapsing. I’ve been advised here to speak to a priest.
Anyhow, I was at the new house tonight, doing yet more plumbing, and drove by the church in question on my way home. It happened to be shortly after the end of Holy hour, it was pouring rain, my minivan was all fogged up so I decided to pull over and call. A male answered and I kind of froze up. I stammered out that I was new in the neighborhood, interested in learning about the parish. He asked what I wanted to know and I totally locked up, finally asking about Mass times because I didn’t know what else to say.
I kind of feel like an idiot now. Also, part of me feels like I’ll be wasting the priest’s time, as I have some pretty big stumbling blocks to unlapsing, but feel like I should formally rule out my own spiritual heritage as a means of support for instilling a sense of righteousness in my daughter, who is almost two years old now, before exploring other avenues for such support.
Anyhow, I have never really interacted with a parish priest as an adult. In college I went to Franciscan mass a bit and had some counseling with a basilica priest, but that is about it and it was a long time ago.
If I do somehow work up the nerve to call again and make an appointment, would there be any level of confidentiality for such a discussion?
Also, I know Catholic Priests don’t eat babies, but do they gnaw on adults?