Confessional is a place of forgiveness, not threats, pope says
Priests must be mindful that the confessional is a place where people can find forgiveness and mercy, not threats and condemnation, Pope Francis said.
God “does not want to beat us and condemn us,” but rather “he always looks for a way to enter the hearts” of those who are repentant, the pope said in his homily on 27th February at morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
“When we priests – in the Lord’s place – hear confessions, we must also have this attitude of goodness like the Lord, who says, ‘Come, let us talk, there is no problem, there is forgiveness,’ and not with a threat from the beginning,” he said.
Reflecting on the day’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah, the pope noted God’s merciful call to conversion and his willingness to forgive even “though your sins be like scarlet.”
The relationship between God and his people, the pope said, is like that of the father of a teenager who has done something foolish and must be reproached.
Picture: A priest in Budslav, Belarus, blesses a woman in the garden of a church during confession in this 2013 file photo. (CNS photo/Tatyana Zenkovich, EPA).Tags: Confession, confessional, forgive, forgiveness, Pope, Pope Francis, priest, threats