There are several questions I have about the practice of private confession. When did it begin? Why was the practice of private confession initiated? What happened to private confession in the Reformation period? What is the practice today?
I had noted that the Church, beginning with Basil, protected its members from public exposure, as the civil penalties were usually severe. I will return to the subject of private confession, its origin, its history, and the current practice as I have some unanswered questions.