Columns / Jenna Marie Cooper
Jenna Marie Cooper, who holds a licentiate in canon law, is a consecrated virgin and a canonist.
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January 21, 2023
Question: I have not gone to confession in years, and I’m anxious about it. Will the priest be angry with me? (Ohio) Answer: Most priests will be happy to welcome you back to the sacrament, and not angry at all. You finally making it to confession is what is important. The priest asks how long it has been since your last confession only to gain some context, so he can better understand your situation and thus counsel you more effectively. If you are nervous, there are practical ways you can find a confessional situation with which you are most comfortable. If you feel like you need to just dive in and talk, you can simply go to your parish at…
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