We are making some renovations to our church, and our priest told me that he is changing the confessional. Currently, our set-up is that when you go in, you can kneel behind a screen or walk further in to sit a chair for face-to-face confession.
Our priest wants to change it so that it is behind the screen only. His thinking is that someone who wants face-to-face confession would have no problem with calling him to ask for an appointment. I told him that I prefer face-to-face and I do not like behind the screen, and I also prefer to go to confession when he has regularly scheduled appt times. I don't want to have to make an appt when I could easily go on Sat afternoon or First Friday or any other time he usually does confessions. I told him I thought both styles of confession should be available in the confessional.
He said the it is the priest's discretion how the confessional is set up. Is this true?