Confession 'Sin bin'

Confession 'Sin bin'

P.W. English

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.

Malanda, Qld

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