Why would you say something like this? first, it does not make sense: a priori autism? Second, it is demeaning to people who actually suffer from autism.
I tell you as a known fact
The phrase “a kniwn fact” usually indicates something which is widely accepted as true, as in, It is a known fact that leaded gasoline negatively affects the brain development of those who are repeatedly exposed to it. Not, what my close friends have told me in person.
what close priest friends actually do
This might have been a good way to open your *original *remark: Close priest friends of mine have told me that they…
and you deny it happens simply on the grounds of your less than robust personal interpretation of ambiguous Canon Law.
This actually has nothing to do with Canon Law; it is simply a fact that a priest can not require something like this be done before giving absolution. Canon Law *reflects *what the Church teaches; it does not *establish *it.
That being said, Fr Grodin of CA suggests that CL does indeed touch on this point: Can. 980 If the confessor has no doubt about the disposition of the penitent, and the penitent seeks absolution, absolution is to be neither refused nor deferred.
IOW, the only thing the priest can require is contrition.
The bald fact they do suggests you may not understand CL or the pastoral nuances of such situations.
Obviously if a criminal penitent after wise counsel willingly agrees to confess to the authorities the priest has broken no seal.
This does not indicate that a priest withheld absolution until the person had given himself up to the police.
If the priest judges that his refusal to do so likely reveals an attitude of impenitence then he may postpone absolution until such a time as the penitent does manifest appropriate sorrow for his crimes.
ETChange: Turning oneself in to the police is not the only way to manifest contrition.
Padre Pio on occassion shouted people out of the Confessional for lack of contrition if memory serves me correctly.
Yes, Padre Pio did have an extraordinary gift of discernment of contrition. Since absolution doesn’t “stick” if the person is that lacking in contrition, it is not a gift that every priest needs anyway. And shouting someone out of the confessional is not the same thing as requiring that they turn themselves in to the police to receive absolution.
Priests are not sacramental robots and your right to present is not his obligation to absolve.
Actually, I would suggest that the above: Can. 980 If the confessor has no doubt about the disposition of the penitent, and the penitent seeks absolution, absolution is to be neither refused nor deferred, does imply just that.