Form I continues with “CONFESSION OF SINS AND ACCEPTANCE OF SATISFACTION”
44. Where it is the custom, the penitent says a general formula for confession (for example, I confess to almighty God … ) before (she or) he confesses (her or) his sins.
Any readers in places where this is not the custom? Most churchgoing Catholics have the Confiteor at their fingertips: this is the example given in the rite.
If necessary, the priest helps the penitent to make an integral confession and gives … suitable counsel. He urges (her or) him to be sorry for … faults, reminding … that through the sacrament of penance the Christian dies and rises with Christ and is thus renewed in the paschal mystery. The priest proposes an act of penance which the penitent accepts to make satisfaction for sin and to amend his life.
The use of the verb “propose” is interesting. How many penitents take it upon themselves to negotiate this proposal?
The priest should make sure that he adapts his counsel to the penitent’s circumstances.
This last piece implies there’s a bit more than anonymity. Any comments?