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Refurbishment of confessionals

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The Adelaide Cathedral parish is upgrading its confessionals to bring them in line with contemporary standards of transparency while also respecting confidentiality.

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The parish’s Mass centres are undergoing refurbishment works including the fitting of glass into the doors of the reconciliation rooms to allow more visibility, while soundproofing the area to ensure the privacy of those in confession.

Parish administrator Fr Charles Gauci said the refurbishment meant the interior of the confessionals will be much brighter and the acoustics improved. Under the changes, the priest is clearly visible while the penitent sits behind frosted glass.

“The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or confession as it is also known, is a very important ministry offered by the Church. A person has a chance to name areas of their life where they look for healing, forgiveness, reconciliation with God and the Church family; it is a sacrament of new beginnings and fresh starts in our spiritual journey,” Fr Gauci said.

“It is the policy of the Archdiocese to ensure that there is total transparency as to what happens within the reconciliation room, while protecting the confidentiality and privacy of those involved.”

All confessionals within the Archdiocese were expected to be upgraded in the near future, he said.

 

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