Several online confessionals have popped up for sinners to admit transgressions anonymously. Do you approve of this confessional form or do should congregants do it traditionally — either face-to-face with a priest or anonymously through a confessional?
Admitting one’s mistakes is always healthy, even anonymously. The healing, however, takes place when people are willing to stop living in the emotional history of the mistake, make amends if necessary or possible, and forgive themselves. For many, mistakes are too easy to live in because they require no personal responsibility to heal and they allow you the luxury of feeling sorry for themselves . Only forgiveness will turn the page, and it would be a mistake not to turn the page.
Pastor Jim Turrell
Center For Spiritual Discovery