Pope laments ‘black-and-white’ mentality in priest-confessors
[Canon212: Pope Francis says: “TOO MANY SEMINARIES TEACH CLEAR IDEAS AND DISTINCT RULES. THOSE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH CONCRETE REALITY, OK?!” Ergo, “Priests must be taught to see shades of gray.” – Crux]
Catholic World News – August 25, 2016
Priests should be trained to recognize nuances in their work as confessors, Pope Francis said to a group of Polish Jesuits during his visit there.
The Pope said that “many people leave the confessional disappointed” because the priest lacks understanding. He said that many priests have been trained “in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined in advance and that set aside concrete situations.”
This approach is wrong, the Pontiff said. “The shades of gray prevail in life. We must teach [priests] to discern in this gray area.”
The Pope offered these thoughts to an audience of Jesuits during his visit to Poland. The remarks were made public in the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, by the editor, Father Antonio Spadaro, who was present for the talk.