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So I have a bit of a dilemma over confession. I have a really big problem with a particular sin. I don’t want the priest to know who I am,I think he will still recognize me even if I use the screen. Which do you think is preferable the screen or face-to face? Any advice on the above would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Luigi

YOu don't have to go to confession to your parish priest. Going to the next parish over, or across town, is the oldest trick in the confessional book. 

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Theoketos

Our sins are like garbage. The person of Christ is the driver of the Garbage truck. Thank God He comes to take them away. In this allegory, our pastors are like the men who jump off the truck and collect the bagged garbage in our dumpsters. Don't miss trash day though because these things: sin, and garbage, pile up.

Maybe the first week he a new priest or garbage man notices particular dumpsters and their weird trash. Maybe one person puts their toilet wipes in the trash instead of the toliet. Maybe one person butchers their own meat and about once a month there are chicken guts and heads in the trash (guilty of this second my self). But probably closer to hour two of the job on the first day, it just all becomes garbage just like everyone else. It's all smelly and not particularly memorable. 

Go across town if it makes it easier. God knows that I have down this. That pilgrimage to another parish is not a sin. But it is vanity to think your sins are so bad that even though you are contrite your priest will not treat you with the medicine of mercy. 

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fides' Jack

What you're feeling is shame.  The best thing to do is just to go to confession as you normally do, and if the priest recognizes you, then it's another sacrifice.  Swallow the shame and let it be another reason for you to avoid the same sin in the future.

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