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Confession 'Sin bin'
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.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 6 (July 2005), p. 16
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