[quote="blaskoman, post:1, topic:183394"]
I walked into the confessional today and only had the option of face-to-face. The priest was wearing casual clothing. I immediately asked him if he was a priest. He mentioned that he likes to be comfortable since he has to sit in the confessional for 2 hours.
I just thought it was odd. For the entire duration of the Confession, I kept thinking he was impersonating a priest and when the time came he wouldnt know the prayer of absolution.....The priest passed with flying colors with the absolution, but overall, it was a disconcerting experience.
Your title says
the Priest was wearing shorts and a polo shirt
Your post says "The priest was wearing casual clothing".
I don't have a problem with a priest in casual clothes for some things but when celebrating the Sacraments under non-emergency circumstances? No thanks.
Shorts? Are you living in Hawaii or Australia or some tropical area with no air conditioning? No. It's Long Beach.
I don't live in the tropics so if I came to confession and the priest was in shorts I would excuse myself and leave. Depending on a number of things I might or might not approach him at another time if he was a priest I'd be seeing again for any reason, and explain my discomfort with his choice of clothing for offering the Sacrament of Penance.
His Holiness Pope of Rome Benedict XVI this past year traveled to Africa, Israel and Palestine during seasons with very hot weather and for hours on end he was celebrating liturgies and teaching and speaking while dressed in full vestments in the open air, no air conditioning and he is almost 82 years old.
Let me guess the age and country of origin of this priest... Maybe he needs a sabbatical.
Prayers for all our priests.