My best guess the way she described it was illicit Sacrament but valid Confession. The priest in question is in a hurry and doesn’t like to take a long time in the morning for Confessions. I guess she’s lucky he hears them at all. And I told her already that his personal sin has no bearing on his ability to deliver a Sacrament to her if she follows her part of things as sincerely as she can.
I’ve gone to a bunch of different Confessors through the years and there is one I won’t even bother with at the parish where I am now. He deviates way too far in the Confessional and I don’t think he even believes anymore that the Sacrament does anything. He’s really a sad little man. I’ve prayed for him, but I cannot imagine being that lost. He actually tried selling me on some Protestant stuff in the box! Yikes. I thanked him and left and cried a little while after but let it go. Hardly anyone goes to him for Confession. Most know to avoid him.
I told her if she gets really uncomfortable with his ways that she can always get in the car and go elsewhere. I hope she takes her Confessions more seriously and does. It would do her good then she could focus on her Confessions and not what the priest is doing or not doing and get some real work done.
Thanks everyone for responding. It helps. I’ll let her know what you’ve said.