I am a Methodist Christian who would like to better understand the process of Confession in Catholicism. I was hoping someone could walk me through how it works from start to finish because all I’ve seen is bits and pieces of it on TV shows such as ‘Father Brown’, which may not be representative. I realize no two confessions are alike because no two people are the same, but I am mostly interested in the format and commonalities of all Confessions.
A few other related questions:
- How long is a typical Confession?
- How is a first Confession different than subsequent ones?
- If a priest knows it is someone’s first Confession, will he be more patient with the person?
- Is an older person who has a first Confession expected to remember all sins he committed throughput his life? What happens if he forgets some?
- Does the confessing person have a choice of privacy or face-to-face Confession?
- How much detail is required when describing a sin?
- When finished, how do you feel? Forgiven, liberated, and better or like you’ve just been through the wringer?
Much appreciated. Just trying to vicariously understand what the Confession experience is like?