Mock Confessions: Absolution for Burnt Letters

Father Johannes Pichler of St Theresia’s in Klagenfurt, Austria, offers mock confessions.

Pichler invites the First Communion children and their parents to a homespun “confession proposal." Those present write down their "bad things" and put their texts into envelopes which are burnt in a fire bowl while Father Pichler pronounces the words of absolution.

The website of Klagenfurt Diocese described the fire rite on 22 April as a “confession” saying that the children, as well as their parents, participated in it with enthusiasm.

However, Francis Catholics express grave concerns about air pollution and CO2 emissions.