This may not be the best place to ask, but I couldn’t think of a better one. I am looking for some clarification about confession it the UK during the covid crisis.
My specific question is: Are priests allowed to hear confessions before 4th July?
Obviously it is tricky but I think it could be done if I meet the priest in the garden between the church and the parish house where the priest lives. On one hand, we could stay 2m apart and meet all the other covid rules and guidance. On the other hand, I am comfortable we would have enough privacy for a confession to be made appropriately, with the respect needed for a Sacrament etc.
Is there any official guidance on this? I found an article which touches on this but I’m afraid I can’t include links because I’m new here. If you google this you may be able to find it:
“It is up to the prudence of the penitent to decide whether he goes to confession,” said Fr Simon. “If a penitent comes to a priest, no priest in his right mind would refuse it.”
The article seems to hint that it is up to the priest to decide. However, if is the case that confessions are banned for now then I don’t want to put inappropriate pressure on the priest’s conscience.
I hope the above makes sense, looking forward to your thoughts.