“The new evangelization begins … in the confessional!” Pope Benedict said to a group of 1,000 clergy gathered for a conference on the sacrament of Penance, Adoremus Bulletin reports.
Without discounting the evangelizing potential of what transpires in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this seemed, on the face of it, a strange claim to make. Does Pope Benedict envision great numbers of un-evangelized Catholics going to confession?
Upon reading further, however, the following statement suggested a different insight: “The Sacraments and the proclamation of the Word, in fact, must never be conceived as separate” the Pope said. The proclamation of the Word in the sacrament of Penance seems to have been his focus.
Is the Word proclaimed well “in the confessional”? What is your experience?