So I had my first confession in about 10 years since coming back to the faith yesterday. The priest I met with was very nice, but he said something that left me wondering. When I told him that I had a list of sins of kind and number he said don’t worry about it that I was being scrupulous.
Nevertheless I read off my sins and at the end he gave me advice and then absolved me in the following way “I absolve you of all your sins that you have confessed to me, including any listed on that paper, any that you have forgotten, and any that you may have withheld.”
So can a priest forgive sins that I withhold from him???
Also he mentioned to me that there are so many old ladies that come to him to confess that they want to see Fidel Castro dead (I live in Miami by the way) and that he would tell them that they don’t want him dead, they want his regime to fall. My point here is that…isn’t the priest not supposed to reveal the content of confessions to others? Even if he was just trying to be funny with me to relate to me?