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Confession 'Sin bin'

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 Contents - Jul 2005AD2000 July 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Can Catholic "salt" flavour the secular culture? - Michael Gilchrist
Christianity: Church challenges secular culture of Europe - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Year of Eucharist: The Eucharist: heart of our faith - Cardinal George Pell
Society: Catholics must play an active role in public life - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap
Rockhampton: Year of the Eucharist: a time for clear thinking - AD2000 REPORT
Evangelisation: Why many Catholics join fundamentalist sects - Frank Mobbs
Vocations: John Paul Il's Milwaukee connection - Fr John Walter
Man of the Year: How John Paul II converted a 'Time' journalist - NewsMax.com
Living Stones: Church architecture: can a sense of the sacred be recovered? - Christian Xavier
Science: God, physics and Stephen Hawking - Fr Matthew Kirby
Letters: Courageous example - Raymond De Souza
Letters: Silent apostasy - Fr. G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Hard teachings - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: More priests needed - Jenny Bruty
Letters: Reverent silence - Rosemary Chandler
Events: St Patrick's Cathedral Latin Mass 16 July
Letters: Ecumenism or Indifferentism - Edgar Bremmer
Letters: Confession 'Sin bin' - P.W. English
Letters: Need help with home education?
Letters: Latin-English Hymnbook and CD - Veronic Brandt
Books: Letters To a Young Catholic, by George Weigel - David Birch (reviewer)
Books: The Catholic Community in Australia, by Robert E. Dixon - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflecton: The soul: what reason and revelation tell us - John Young

Recently in our church in the Cairns Diocese, the parish priest announced that there would be a communal Rite of Reconciliation. He went on to say that we should write our sins on a piece of paper, bring it up to the priest, be given absolution, and then the paper would be burnt in a "sin bin".

As far as I am aware, this practice does not accord with the Church's requirements regarding the three Rites of Reconciliation and I wonder whether this practice is widespread around Australia. It appears to be a means for some people to avoid having to make a personal confession.

I have written to the Bishop for clarification, but at the time of writing have received no reply.

P.W. ENGLISH
Malanda, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 6 (July 2005), p. 16

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