[FONT=“Verdana”]Over the course of a few years I’ve experienced a few issues regarding people potentially hearing what happens in Confession, I’m wondering if anybody else has experienced that and wondering what people think.
The most significant single situation was on one occasion, the priest got excited about something I’d said. He began to not exactly shout, but certainly raised his voice to the extent I was concerned people outside the confessional could hear what was going on. Also, on several occasions, I’ve been to confession in churches (including my parish church) where the benches where people wait for confession go to within 6 feet of the confessional door. People waiting for confession are in the habit of waiting right at the end of the bench, next to the door. When I’ve done this, you can definitely hear voices, not necessarilty what is being said, but you can sometimes hear who’s talking and somethimes even hear the words of absolution. This is especially the case in my parish church, where the confessional door isn’t exactly soundproof.
Has anybody else ever experienced this? Has it affected which church you use for going to confession? Has anybody experienced this and actually commented on it to e.g. the pastor?[/FONT]