[quote="Ophelia23, post:1, topic:306551"]
I see a lot of responses on these threads about the nature of Reconciliation, that it should be just the kind of sins and the number of times committed. I have never heard of this before, in all of my Catholic studies. I am not an expert or a pro, but I even have an MA in Catholic Studies and have not encountered this. Where does it come from, and why hasn't a priest ever corrected me on it? Even in the sacramental prep classes that I have instructed, the materials have never mentioned this.
I am interested in knowing where the practice comes from, and whether it is a requirement or not. Thank you!
St. Thomas Aquinas mentioned it in his Summa Theologia. It is also mentioned several times throughout the Church's documents, particularly The Catechism of the Council of Trent, the Baltimore Catechism, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, just to name a few. This should have been taught to you in your sacramental prep class, and priests know that Mortal sins must be confessed in kind, number, and any circumstances that change the gravity or nature of the sin. Priests, as the role of teacher in the Confessional have an obligation to correct penitents on this and during that confession. Now that you are aware of this obligation, you are required to correct yourself and make sure you confess all mortal sins in number, kind and circumstances as necessary. Failure to do so invalidates confession.
Contrary to what people like to try to do to the sacrament, it is NOT a counseling session, and under normal circumstances should only take about 5 minutes per penitent, with the exception of some exceptional cases.