April 4, 2011

The sacrament of Confession can be a teaching moment for both priest and penitent, Pope Benedict said.

While penitents can discover grace and hope from God's love and forgiveness, priests hearing Confession can be inspired to be more honest, humble and transparent about their own sins, he said.

The pope said confessors can learn so much from "exemplary penitents about their spiritual life, the seriousness with which they examine their conscience, about their transparency in recognizing their own sins and their docility toward Church teaching and recommendations from the confessor."