[quote="crenfro, post:1, topic:318993"]
During confession the priest refused to hear all my sins - he said that since the sacrament of confession automatically forgives all my sins that I didn't have to confess them all.
I did receive the proper absolution, but I didn't think that this was the correct way of handling someone's confession.
Also left the confessional in tears, and when I went to talk to the pastor he yelled at me to "hurry up and get inside - I can't leave the door open all day" and acted like I was just another irritation in his day. I rarely ring the doorbell to the rectory. I've probably rung the doorbell 4 to 6 times since the year 2010. I was in tears all this time.
Feel really hurt.
Would appreciate only loving, charitable comments.
Thanks for listening.
Hello, crenfro. I am sorry you had these negative experiences. From what you have said, the priest was in error. Yes, confession forgives all sins, but you are still required to confess all mortal sins in kind and number.
The only thing I can think of is maybe you were confessing venial sins (or he thought you were)...or else, sins that you had already confessed in a previous confession. But even then, I would think he would just hear you out anyway, unless it was taking a very long time.
I am curious, when you spoke to the pastor, did you ask him about this? What were his thoughts on the matter?
I agree with what others are saying, that it might have just been a bad day or mis-communication or something. Even the best priests have a bad day sometimes! But if it is a pattern, you may try going to another priest or parish (if you are able to do so) for confession. You do not have to receive the sacrament at your home parish, you can go to any Catholic priest at any Catholic parish.
One more thought, if you have a good relationship with this priest and are comfortable talking with him, you might consider making an appointment with him and discuss what happened and get a better idea of why he said what he said. I am relatively close to the two priests at my parish, and if I had a weird experience like this I would probably make an appointment with him to (very charitably) let him know that it bothered me and get some clarity on what he meant. I know that if I was a priest, I would want to know if I did something wrong (or that was interpreted that way) so I could try to do better in the future.
God bless you, and please don't let this turn you off from the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation!