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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Catholics' New Policy Loosens Format in Confession Ritual By Gewrgc W. Cornell NEW YORK (Al') Tlic Roman Catholic Church issued a revised ritual Wednesday (or penance which loosens up the format and allows either for re- taining or eliminating the ago old, darkened confessional booth. "The 'box' as we have known it may be done away the Hev. Thomas Korsnieki, as- sociate director of Hie U.S. bish- ops' liturgy committee, said ol the revamped, variable proce- dures. "The more likely setting will be the confessional room." Except in unusual circum- stances, however, the new pro visions do not alter the standing requirement for individual con fession for forgiveness in case of grave or "mortal" sin, nor do they deal with the theology on this point. Final Phase The new rites, issued by tin Vatican's Congregation for Di vine Worship as the final phasi of the Churches current iter gical reforms also point up the communal aspects of sin am forgiveness in relation to others rather than focusing only on th individual. Reflecting that broader ap roach, the nume of the rile it- elf is changed to the "Sacra- nent of Reconciliation" or It has been called which implied it vas only a private matter. The new penitential rites :ame at a time of heavy decline n the frequency of confessions among Catholics. Father Kros- licki Mid the dropoff may have >eon due to the lack of commu- nity orientation which is now provided for. "It's an invitation to recog- nize anew the indispensable role of the community in this sacra- ment. It's an invitation to place he sacrament of reconciliation nto the entire dynamics Christian he said. The revisions do call for freer :ess formalized conversation be [ween priest and penitent, along with use of Scripture and spon- taneous prayer, and also allows for shifting the setting out of the dim, old with its screen separating the two participants. English Translation The 121-page document in Latin, called "Ordo Paeniten- tiae" (Order of still is to be fully translated into En- glish, and will be implemented in this country only after a full translation is approved >y U.S. bishops and the Vatican, irobably within a year. Father Krosnicki said some Catholics had hoped the new )cnitential order would offer greater leeway in permitting toll) communal confession and general absolution (forgiveness) a pattern prevailing in mud of Protestantism. However, this remains an op- tion in Catholicism only in spe cial situations such as times o danger or in mission areas where priests are scarce. The Vatican approach on this scon was "more conservative" than some had expected, Fathei Krosnicki said. Nine different alternatives foi lese community penitentia ervices are provided in the new itual. They include services fo BIO GEORGE! by Virgil Parted "Have the exact change ready or the driver will snap at you." pecial seasons, such as Len nd Advent, and for the sic nd children, and also for regu ar use. In many parishes, they ma jeeome monthly observances 'ather Krosnicki said. New Services Individual confession m a occur at a juncture within th new services or apart fron hem. Under the old usage penitent knelt in the confes ional box and preceded a rec alion of his sins with th words: "Bless me, Father, for lave sinned." In the new approach th iriest may greet the peniten 'ace to face !'with words 'riendship and invi ing him to trust in God's forgiv ng mercy and reading a brie Bible text about it. 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