If any priests are reading this, I’d love if you could answer this. I remember reading a quote in Canon Law that said “Confessions may not be heard outside of the confessional without just cause” or something like that. What is a “just cause”, and if there’s no “just cause”, is a Confession heard outside of the confessional licit/valid?
I have attended retreats where there were Confession opportunities. There were no confessionals, but priests were hearing confessions. Was that OK?
Also, there have been times when I’ll stop a priest and ask him to hear my Confession. Sure, we could have walked to the confessional, but sometimes the priest will hear my two-minute Confession on the spot. To my understanding, that doesn’t affect the validity, but it may be “illicit”.
I’m going on several retreats this year, and I know they’ll have opportunities for Confession, and there probably isn’t going to be a confessional. If I knowingly go to Confession outside of a confessional, is it still valid? How “illicit” would it be?