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On Thursday Pope Francis will have completed a year as Bishop of Rome, a year in which he has begun to transform the Church. But be in no doubt, argues our Rome correspondent, of just how wide and how deep go his aims for change
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Reading Judge JRA Hanratty’s letter on the rigours of Confession, (11 January) brings to mind my own experience as a schoolboy in the Fifties and Sixties when the experience of “confession in the box” was a judgemental terror to get the procedure right rather than a reconciliation with Our Lord.
Thankfully today’s Service of Reconciliation, which takes place in our Parish on the sanctuary, is a spiritual and friendly conversation with our forgiving God through his priest that serves to encourage an improvement in future behaviour rather than fear-driven perfection in process. Thank God for our modern priests.
Michael Bray, Effingham, Surrey