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Pope gives tips on how to be a good Confessor

2014-03-28

What does it take to be a good Confessor? Pope Francis gave a few tips to priests who took part in a conference on the Sacrament of Confession. The Pope said that it's not about being a judge, but about mercy.

 


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"A confessor shouldn't act like a judge or act like an average friend. Instead, one needs to act with God's charity. With the love of a father who finds his lost son and seeks him out. With the love of a pastor who goes out to find his lost sheep.”

 


When it comes to Confession, the Pope said some decide to stay away from it, because it's challenging to share one's faults with others. To counteract this, the Pope said they must make an effort to embrace an attitude of mercy and forgiveness.

 


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"The heart of a priest, is a heart that's open to being moved. It's not based just on feelings or even plain emotion, but rather by the very core of the Lord's mercy.”
 


He also talked about practical matters, like having parishes making their confession schedules clear, including the times when parishoners can find a priest in church.

 


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