[quote="johnnyjones, post:1, topic:283471"]
Sometimes a priest will speak to an issue after you confess your sins. He will advise you in how to avoid a certain sin. Some priests don't seem to have any desire to do this. They absolve you and you can tell thats the closure, nothing more to say. Is it a priests prerogative to either counsel or say nothing further after absolution? Are they instructed in a certain protocol ?
In a related issue I read St. Padre Pio refused to give absolution to certain penitents who would not refrain from a particular sin. Obviously it's not common (I don't think) but can it still happen?
I find that a lot depends upon 1) the priest's individual style and 2) the way I do my confession. If I am with a priest who is less personable, less interactive, chances are good that I will get my penance and be absolved, period. But for example, Saturday I ended up with the priest who is very good at counseling. I told him it was my anniversary and gave him a little more information, and he did give me some good words of advice and counseling beyond the normal "go and sin no more."
Of course a priest can refuse absolution, if the person confessing does not repent and does not have contrition. What is the point if the person intends to keep sinning? In fact it insults God if someone does this, I believe it is called presumption.