Saturday, March 15, 2008

I Confess...

Well, I've finally gotten around to reading, "Evangelicals' new twist on Lent," which appeared in The Washington Post on March 8 and notes a growing interest in "Confession" among evangelical Protestants.

Call me old-fashioned, but I like that the Prots call it "Confession." I've never understood why so many Catholics insist on calling it the "sacrament of Reconciliation" when, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "sacrament of Confession" is listed before "sacrament of Reconciliation" under the heading, "What is This Sacrament Called?" (CCC 1423-1424).

Even setting aside my legalism in this instance, the change in terminology eludes me. How can something be reconciled if it isn't first disclosed? How can something be disclosed if it's not first perceived? Is it that the word "confession" skeeves Catholic of a certain age? Is it that the word "reconciliation" seems so much more gentle and merciful?

I say we should call it "Confession" and thank Almighty God that it isn't called the "sacrament of Conscious Awareness Before Owning Our Cr@p." How many people would show up to celebrate that?


  1. Me, I LOVE calling it reconciliation. Confession to me implies God doesn't already know what we've done wrong... which of course He does. The gift of this sacrament is the coming clean within ourselves... the gift of reconciling our own shame and guilt over sin with the Lord. It is also the more appropriate term to use in what we are called to do with others... to reconcile relationships, stop nursing pet hurts or injuries.

  2. Beautifully articulated. My next poll may have to be one that sorts the cradle Catholics from the converts and reverts? Meanwhile, peeps or bunnies??

  3. Peeps. How can you even ask?

  4. Now, on the other hand, I also LOVE getting up on Sundays with everyone and saying, "I confess to Almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned..." because maybe they don't know that I have. Unlike God.

  5. Wow! *I* love reciting the Confiteor, too!!!


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