"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Monsoon Confessions

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Picture taken in the Holy Cross Basilica, Fort Cochin

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4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    I shall show my ignorance and ask if it usual for the priest (?) and confessor to be able to see each other?

    June 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    • The traditional “confessional” has a mesh screen separating priest and penitent, which is meant to reinforce the total confidentiality and effective “anonymity” of the sacrament. But nowadays, many prefer face-to-face confession.

      June 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    Ah, ‘penitent’ I knew I’d be wrong. Thank you for the information though I can’t get to grips with having to confess anything.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    • Yes it’s definitely counter-intuitive, but the confessor is the person hearing a confession, not the one making it!

      Admitting one’s mistakes is the easy part! Trying not to repeat them is rather more more onerous..

      June 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

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