Nah. I think I get the point. In fact, I think I agree with the point! I think, though, that I disagree with the suggestions you’re making towards getting us to that point…
So, here’s the thing: I think there is already sufficient time scheduled for Confessions at (many of?) our parishes. The problem is that, other than at particular times of the year, no one is coming. So, maybe the ‘problem’ resolves down to “offer more time during Lent and Advent”, or maybe even “and less times during the year.”
There are certainly places at which insufficient times are offered. I know… I’ve seen the bulletins and wondered, “seriously? can an entire parish’s need for confessions be met in a half-hour on Saturday? Or by a ‘by appointment only’?” Other than these, though, I know that there are certainly places where priests are sitting penitent-less, and times in which folks are lined up.
If there aren’t sufficient numbers of priests to handle the ‘rush’ times, the only other opportunity is for the faithful to ask themselves, “is there another time that I can go?”… no?
That’s the ‘crunch time’ for priests. Not terribly realistic, in most circumstances, as far as I’ve seen.
Not terribly helpful. If we get a small percentage of Sunday-Mass-attendees at our weekday Masses, how many would we be serving by offering “before and after daily Mass” confessions?
By “main Saturday confession line”, are you talking about “Saturday morning confessions”? That isn’t in play here. We’re making the assumption that most priests will stay until the last penitent is gone, during Saturday confessions, right? So, this doesn’t help us.
Trial-and-error might lead us to valuable insights.
B as in B. S as in S. A priest can go into the confessional in advance and the person come once he’s there.