Frequent confession: a later development in the Church’s liturgical and devotional practice. The question remains, especially for today: is it a permanent tradition? Or will it continue to evolve, and will we somehow gain a richer and more fruitful practice?
177. Since the opinions expressed by some about frequent confession are completely foreign to the spirit of Christ and His Immaculate Spouse and are also most dangerous to the spiritual life, let Us call to mind what with sorrow We wrote about this point in the encyclical on the Mystical Body. We urgently insist once more that what We expounded in very serious words be proposed by you for the serious consideration and dutiful obedience of your flock, especially to students for the priesthood and young clergy.
Today, the numbers just don’t work for frequent confession universally practiced. Except in religious communities with priests. Some would say that’s not the problem: confessors have plenty of thumb-twiddling time as is.