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So began my 10-year relationship with confession which ended when I lost the faith

So began my 10-year relationship with confession which ended when I lost the faith

The very first time I went to confession I managed to get it wrong. Once ensconced in the confession box I proceeded to tell the priest the sins of my schoolfellows. I had listed these carefully in my head.

I don’t remember what could have been on the list, but I still feel the sense of satisfaction with which I began my recitation. I also still feel my dismay when the priest interrupted me to tell me that it was my own sins I was meant to confess.

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