More "look how humble I am" theatre.
Because this concerns the Pope, it is better to make little comment. Why would any priest or bishop offer his confession wearing a stole and with his head covered? Yes, these are small points, but they do point to what the previous commenter has written "more theatre".
The Holy See is now a centre of liturgical desert, unprecedented ugliness.
Why shouldn't the pope go to confession? We're all sinners, right?
The Holy Father has a confessor. This appears as a stunt....the cameras were rolling after all....but perhaps he did BECAUSE the cameras were their and on a positive note it does show the pope going to confession and maybe his example could prod others who see it to do the same.
Indeed, he should have taken his hat off.
Not only remove his zuchetto, but also remove the purple stole, and not made his identity as Pope known to the confessor (unless that is his regular confessor or spiritual director). This is also the first time I see a confessor kiss the hands of the penitent....yes, he's the Pope, but that is why the confession should be anonymous.
Wow. Just wow. The Holy Father decided to provide an example on the spur of the moment, and in the hardness of your hearts, you judge him for this?Amazing.Maybe he wasn't vested properly as the penitent, but I would love for someone to direct me to where that is regulated in any way whatsoever.I have attended SSPX chapels for most of my life, and what I heard from the pulpit last Sunday, Laetare Sunday, was that we should rejoice, and in particular rejoice that the Holy Father provided this public example of our need for the Sacrament of Penance.That Rome believes in this should be a source of joy. Not hard and spiteful comments.
Some of these comments are unbelievable! The Holy Father goes to confession (as he and all of us should) people perceive this to be bad because of a misconception that this had anything to do with false humility, rather than love of God's mercy and his sacraments? And so what is he doesn't remove his zucchetto? Perhaps we need to examine our conscience, and or priorities.