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Do you Confess?

Now this might just be me, but I can't see the title of this piece and not think of Monty Python. There is something so hilarious about seeing a bunch of British guys dressed as the Spanish Inquisition (whom nobody expects) and attempting to extract a confession of heresy from an old woman with such dastardly instruments as a comfy chair and soft pillows. Just brilliant! If you haven't seen the skit, I'll link it below.

Obviously I'm not writing an entire blog post about Monty Python. Trust me, I could, but there are more important things to discuss. As you can guess from the photo above, one such thing is the Sacrament of Reconciliation, better known as Confession. That's always been interesting to me: why the two names? Are they the same thing?

In short, yes and no. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is made up of four distinct parts: Contrition (sorrow for sins), Confession (voicing sins to a priest), Satisfaction (penance and an act of contrition), and Absolution (forgiveness of sins by Jesus through a priest).