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Cardinal Cancels Confessions Promptly. By Dr Geoffrey Brushwood

Westminster Cathedral, the seat of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has stopped offering Confession due to Covidiocy. This is disgraceful and cowardly.

There are other Westminster Archdiocese churches who continue to hear Confession with safeguards in place that would make a public health officer smile in approval. There are priests who meet penitents in the open air, to hear confessions, with remarkable adaptability.

However, Westminster Cathedral has decided to stop Confession altogether in her premises. This sends out all the wrong signals to the faithful who rely on Confession to keep their souls in a state of readiness if in the unlikely event that they become badly unwell of Covid.

It also sends out negative signals to the State, and hand it a stick to beat churches that remain open into submission.

Worse of all, it is utterly reprehensible that a cowardly archbishop and his household shelter safely, whilst his flock is at the mercy of a rampant wolf. Our shepherds are a disgrace.

Picture: Vincent Nichols, © Mazur, CC BY-NC-SA, #newsOkznqjtdoh

Cuthbert Mayne
Ps. In a new development, my wife visited Westminster Cathedral this week, and found priests milling about the confessionals and when asked if they’d hear her confession the priest agreed.
Cuthbert Mayne
I rather like the cartoon too. How true ! Clever wordplay in title CCCP
Fr Dan
Our experience here in US, they will not come back. A small church is getting even smaller, and any influence the church has is being greatly diminished.
No one is listening
Ultraviolet
Given how rarely the Novus Ordo go to confession in the first place, as stupid as this is, it won't have TOO much effect one way or the other.
Cuthbert Mayne
Ridiculous comment.
Ultraviolet
It's neither ridiculous nor false. Novus Ordo parishes have practically non-existent lines for confession. This is, ironically enough, something we Traditionalists have learned to utilize for the benefit of our fellow parishioners.

The lines for confession at a Traditionalist parish on the weekend are HUGE, especially on Sunday.

Since not everyone would be able to attend confession in time befo…More
It's neither ridiculous nor false. Novus Ordo parishes have practically non-existent lines for confession. This is, ironically enough, something we Traditionalists have learned to utilize for the benefit of our fellow parishioners.

The lines for confession at a Traditionalist parish on the weekend are HUGE, especially on Sunday.

Since not everyone would be able to attend confession in time before Mass, some Traditionalist parishioners make a point of going to one of those huge, otherwise empty Novus Ordo churches on Friday or Saturday.

If it's truly busy (like on Good Friday or Holy Saturday), there might be three or maybe even four people in the queue ahead. Otherwise, it's smooth sailing.

It's a minor sacrifice of time on our parts and yet, I've found, it fosters an intense sense of spiritual awareness since we must be certain not to commit anything even remotely approaching a mortal sin between completing our confession and attending Mass a day or so later. For me, that's a lot easier said than done, particularly since I'm a legalist about such matters..
Cuthbert Mayne
The lines for confession at The Cathedral were always long. And they weren’t TLM goers
Ultraviolet
So where do I send the Tee-Shirt?