There is always a steady line of people at the back of the Church waiting for confession.
Sometimes visitors remark in dismay, "What? Confession during Mass? Doesn't that detract from the Eucharist?"
Is there a good answer to this question?
Here's the complete quote from His Holiness Pope John Paul II in his Motu Proprio Misercordia Dei (April 7, 2002) in which he asked for confessions during Masses.:
2. Local Ordinaries, and parish priests and rectors of churches and shrines, should periodically verify that the greatest possible provision is in fact being made for the faithful to confess their sins. It is particularly recommended that in places of worship confessors be visibly present at the advertised times, that these times be adapted to the real circumstances of penitents, and that confessions be especially available before Masses, and even during Mass if there are other priests available, in order to meet the needs of the faithful.If other priests are available there should be confessions "especially" before Masses and "even" during Mass
Thanks be to God for the sacrament of penance. It's one of my favorite things about being Catholic.