What Will Be the New American Cause? by Patrick J. Buchanan April 21, 2020
Providence Bishop Calls for Evangelization, Renewal After CoronavirusApril 21, 2020
During my priestly ministry, I have discerned several reasons why people hesitate to approach the Sacrament of Confession. Here are the most common:
Fear: Though the vast majority of priests are kind and understanding confessors, many potential penitents fear being judged or scolded.
Pride: Confessing sins means confronting that we’ve genuinely done wrong and need God’s help to heal. Our personal pride rebels against this.
Shame: Though a well-ordered guilt should impel us to the Sacrament of Confession, shame can keep us away because of the realization that we have to admit our sins to another—and speaking our sins out loud feels unbearable. ….