Sunday, March 30, 2014
Lead by example. . .
I was pleasantly surprised to see Pope Francis, while leading a corporate service of confession, go to a priest and make his own private confession, before hearing confession himself. What a great example! This is one reason why it is so important that the Pastor model piety before the congregation. The ceremonial of the liturgy is something people understand best by seeing it done rather than by tedi0us explanations of words only. As important as this example is to Roman Catholics (and, do not forget, Lutherans have kept private confession and commend it for us in our confessions and by our faithful theologians), it is equally important that the Pastor model good practice before the people. If they see how important it is to him, they will learn to follow.
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Lutherans maybe have kept private confession, but it is almost universally never practiced and kept out of respect for tradition but refusing to adopt or practice it. Private confession is more of a display for Lutherans to showcase their "catholic"roots though the great majority vituperate it as unnecessary and/or too Romish,--Chris
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