Catholics emphasize reconciliation during Lent
When the Rev. Walter Nolte hears confessions at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Omaha, he can sit with a parishioner either face to face in a corner of the confessional or on opposite sides of a screen. Many other Catholic churches retain the more traditional confessional “box” in which the priest and parishioner speak through a wall that separates them.
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:00 am
A father and a son come to the Rev. Walter Nolte's mind when he thinks about the Archdiocese of Omaha's campaign to draw Catholics back to confession this Lent.
The archdiocese's rollout of a series of special Thursday evening confession times — a key part of its strategy — suffered when a major snowstorm hit northeast Nebraska Feb. 21. Nolte, pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church in the Benson area, had given up and turned out the church lights when he heard a knock on his rectory door.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:00 am.