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El Primado anglicano recomienda el sacramento católico de la confesión

Juanjo Romero InfoCatólica 10.10.13

Lo he tenido que leer dos veces. El Primado anglicano, Justin Welby, proviene del parte/sección más protestante del anglicanismo, la «Low Church», así que una recomendación de la confesión católica es bastante sorprendente.

Se nota la influencia de su director espiritual personal, el Padre Nicolás Buttet, un sacerdote católico suizo; hasta el punto de que el Arzobispo de Canterbury es un firme partidario del culto «al estilo católico».

Ante una audiencia «ecuménica», que incluía al Arzobispo de Westminster y Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal, Vincent Nichols les instó a ser parte de la «tradición católica» y confió, con realismo, que:

En estos diez últimos años he aprendido mucho sobre el gran sacramento de la reconciliación: la confesión.

Es una experiencia poderosa y tremendamente dolorosa cuando se hace correctamente…, es realmente estremecedor cuando acudes al confesor. Dudo que alguien se levante por la mañana y piense, voy a echarme unas risas.

Y termina con lo importante:

Pero a través de Dios obtienes el perdón y la absolución y una sensación de limpieza en el alma.

Yo hubiese resaltado más la alegría, pero, claro, soy católico. De cualquier modo impresiona su experiencia, la conciencia de pecado que se va perdiendo en tantos ambientes; el verdadero propósito de la enmienda y contrición que se manifiesta en la actitud con la que acude.

Ahorita que tanto católico protestantizado adormece malamente su conciencia con un «yo no lo necesito, me confieso directamente con Dios, con el crucifijo de la mesilla de noche»; pueden tomar buena nota, lo dice un no católico: confesión auricular y secreta, con un confesor.

Para el comienzo de curso dos propósitos excelentes: una buena confesión y buscar un buen director espiritual, ya se ve que hace maravillas, ¿no os parece?

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'Catholic' confession is good for the soul - says Archbishop of Canterbury

The Telegraph 09 Oct 2013 By , Religious Affairs Editor http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10368140/Catholic-confession-is-good-for-the-soul-says-Archbishop-of-Canterbury.html

The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Anglicans to adopt the practice of going to confession, a tradition more commonly associated with the Roman Catholic Church.

The Archbshiop of Canterbury Justin Welby is an admirer of Pope Francis

The Most Rev Justin Welby advised churchgoers that it could be an “enormously powerful” experience to unburden themselves to a confessor, even if it was not always a “bunch of laughs”.

His comments came as he addressed the heads of other churches – including the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England Wales, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols – about divisions between Christians.

Although Archbishop Welby comes from the evangelical wing of Anglicanism, his personal spiritual director is a Swiss Roman Catholic priest, Fr Nicolas Buttet, and he is a strong advocate of Catholic worship styles.

He spoke of being part of a wider “catholic tradition”, adding: “I’ve learnt over the last 10 years about the great sacrament of reconciliation: confession.

“It is enormously powerful and hideously painful when it’s done properly … it’s really horrible when you go to see your confessor – I doubt you wake up in the morning and think, this is going to be a bunch of laughs.

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“It’s really uncomfortable. But through it God releases forgiveness and absolution and a sense of cleansing.”

He acknowledged that he had his own personal struggles, remarking: “I’m an Archbishop; I know about the absence of humility. I struggle with it.”

Although more commonly associated with Catholicism, the Church of England has long offered a form of confession to worshippers, on request.

Anglican priests meet parishioners to hear confession face to face, often in their own home, without such trappings as confessional booths, and offer absolution for sins.

Speaking at a meeting at Lambeth Palace, organised by the group “Churches Together in England”, he also urged Christians to recognise the Church’s racist past.

“I often think about the fact that in the 1960s when Afro-Caribbean people first came to this country they were not made welcome in our churches,” he said.

“It’s the reality; it was a sin, a very bad sin.”