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Devin1890, Irish Melkite
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by JamesofMalabar
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I'm technically a Syro-Malabar Catholic, however my sui iuris church is heavily latinized and I'm only familiar with the Latin way of confession (plus 90% of the time I've confessed to Latin priests).

There's a Byzantine Catholic Church near me, and I was thinking of going into confession there. Would be my first time. How different would confession be in the Byzantine rite? compared to the Latin rite.
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by theophan
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if you find that his typical practice is heavily influenced by the Latin Church, you could gently suggest (at least in your case) that the rite be celebrated in a way more typical to the Byzantine heritage.

Christ is in our mist!!

Devin1890,

Don't you think it is more than a little arrogant to suggest to the priest how to conduct the Mystery of Confession? The priest has gone to a seminary--a house of formation--to learn to do exactly what he is accustomed to do. If his formation was heavily influenced by Latin practice, it may be that he is an older man whose formation was in an earlier time. In any event, I would never think to tell a priest how he ought to conduct the Mystery. I have confessed to priests who have had different practices and have, in each case, followed the priest's gentle lead.

Bob
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Just go and don't worry about it. If you stand before a Byzantine priest for confession and say "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned...." he will know you are a Roman Catholic and gently guide you through confession.
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