Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, says Pope Francis
By Junno Arocho Esteves
Priests must give hope to men and women seeking forgiveness, encouraging them in their struggle away from the slippery slope of sin, Pope Francis said.
Being merciful in the confessional helps penitents return to God without fear, even if they repeatedly stumble or slip on a path that “is filled with stones and banana peels,” the Pope told 550 priests he designated as “missionaries of mercy.”
“In short, mercy restores dignity,” the Holy Father said on April 10.
“The penitent does not indulge in self-pity for the sin committed, and the priest does not blame him for the evil from