I’ve always had a good experience with confession. Thinking back at my first time practicing it in Catholic school, several times with a priest without my parents knowing – thank God I had good priests teach me. But we are parents living in THIS day and age and I have a couple of questions:
About children going to confession. As parents, we are our child’s protector and basically their first face of God. In this day and age, parents need to be careful. While I have a deep respect for the priesthood and our parish priest, I don’t fully trust her alone in a booth with a priest. That’s just the way it is. One day she will be old enough and she will be fine and no longer need us to “hover.” *We homeschool, talk to our children, they are confident kids, they spent time away with us near by through classes at church with peers and etc. We are also a Navy family and don’t get a chance to truly get to know a priest or military chaplain before we have to move again – so we are protective. I will be educating our child on not only how to make a confession but what the priest is suppose to do and not suppose to do. We have come up with ideas such as practicing confessing to us and telling us what the priest says after her confession as a rule. Other alternative, I’ll just wait until she is older.
I have a hard time with priests who do not report child abuse. They are in the business of protecting life, do the lives outside of the womb matter? Yes. I understand the idea is that it is a sacrament in which all can be forgiven as per what God said, however if you are dealing with folks who have a mental illness, confession can just be an excuse to get a “clean slate” and then…ooops do it again.