I asked an apologist but haven’t received an answer to my question. I looked through the CCC as well. Here’s my question. What is an acceptable place and manner for confession?
Here’s what happened Saturday. I went across town to another church for confession. I hadn’t been to confession at this church since this new priest was installed. This church has a confessional room. I sat down next to the confessional but there was no light on and the door was open and there was no one in there. I glanced around the church and saw people on the other side of the sanctuary scattered in the pews. They were waiting their turns for confession. In front of the sanctuary, standing next to the baptismal fountain (water running), was the priest with his arm around someone facing the wall. I could see them and hear mumbling. If I hadn’t been in the back and on the other side of the sanctuary, I believe I might have been able to hear some of what was being said. There is no way I am going to confession in that manner. I don’t want to be seen by others, not even the priest, and certainly don’t want to be heard. I would feel completely violated by confession in this manner. I was dumbfounded. I’ve never seen this before. I left the sanctuary and talked to a nice lady who mentioned that Father was hearing confessions, if I were interested. She said Father has a confessional room but doesn’t like it and won’t use it. Okay. I didn’t say anything about my misgivings. I just left. It was too late for me to go across town to the other church. So I went home. Is this an acceptable way to accomplish the sacrament of penance or is this taking Vatican II a little bit too far? If this priest’s parishioners don’t mind it, I guess it’s acceptable? I know I won’t go there for confession again. I was really very disappointed. I would appreciate an answer about what is proper and acceptable to the CC. And any comments. Thank you.