Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Confession Lines

Hey Catholics! I just wanted to remind you about the proper way to go through a confession line. A confession line ought to be set up like this:



NOT like this:


And NOT like this:


And certainly NOT like this:

Really. It is not that hard.

10 comments:

Joshua said...

Hear hear! This should be posted at every confessional pew!

Anony said...

A, I see that doing it with pictures hvae stuck with you since the lib / trad dissent topic. Had some bad experience in the week?

But what if the confessional is located on the other side of the pews? Does it reverse? That seems natural, but what if the confessional is located in the middle? How do you decide then which way the snake slithers?

sprachenbegeisterter said...

What about those pews that have those annoying dividers through the middle so you can only slide along so far? The place I go to has those and after four people everyone has to get up and shuffle forward depending on whether the person at the front decides to do so - if not then we're all really quite far away from the confessional and some queue-skipper may come along. This could be an occasion of the sin of anger for us Brits just before confession!

BONIFACE said...

Anony,

Yes, if the confessional was on the other side, I suppose the snake would slither the other way. Not every church is set up like this, of course, but in most I go to, this is the pew arrangement, and this makes the most sense. For the life of me I cannot understand why Catholics cannot get this right. The only thing Catholics do worse than arranging themselves in a confession line is probably clapping to any sort of rhythm.

Athanasius contra mundum said...

Usually there aren't that many people coming to confession at the local parish that its ever a concern. Sad but true.

Pater, O.S.B. said...

You have a LINE before your confessional?! That's wonderful. I've often been sent on mission to hear confessions and only one or two show up. A few times, no one came. I've often wondered what the pastors were doing about this, especially when there weren't confessions being heard at other times. Very sad.

I am not Spartacus said...

Catholic Traditionalists know to bring some spiritual reading with them when they go to a Lil' Liturgy Church Confessional because the new theologians have turned the Sacrament of Confession into a therapy booth and it is not unusual to arrive at a Lil' Liturgy Church and sit for 20 minutes while the two women in front of you go for therapy before the new theology priests gives them their penance- "be nice to someone you don;t know."

I Thought It Was Water I Swear said...

Were you more than moderately refreshed when writing that, Spartacus?

I am not Spartacus said...

Sadly, no.

Such truths are a terrible thing to have to experience in a totally in-my-mind sobriety state.

Dymphna said...

Now why would I want to weave in and out of the pews instead of jump getting into a line outside the confessional?