CONFESSION AT HEART OF YOUTH
100 Priests Will Be
COLOGNE, Germany, JULY 27, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Central
to the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne will be the
sacrament of reconciliation, alongside the Eucharist and
To help the youth prepare, a five-page reflection on
the sacrament, prepared by Father Klaus Kluger, has been
included in the pilgrim's book.
Entitiled "Arise!" the document uses ten texts of the
New Testament that highlight the meaning and importance
of the sacrament.
"Why, for example, does Jesus say to the paralytic:
'Your sins are forgiven?' It is because there is also an
interior paralysis. We always fail on the same point, as
if this failure belonged to us," says the text.
Father Kluger prefers to refer to confession as the
sacrament of reconciliation, because the admission of
fault is only part, albeit an important part, of the
"It is not just a personal obligation," he explains,
"reconciliation is given by God and I must accept it."
The sacrament of reconciliation is an opportunity to
confess one's faults and to change one's behavior, says
More importantly, he says, the "question is certainly
not that I have criticized three times, but who am I
deep down as a person?" he stated.
Father Kluger will also organize the reconciliation
center at the fairgrounds in Cologne, which will be
divided into areas for preparation and for thanksgiving.
The cross entrusted to young people by Pope John Paul II
will be in the preparation area.
Between the two premises there will be a pavilion
with some 100 triangular tables that will serve as
reconciliation stations, sufficiently distant from one
another to guarantee discretion.
Several hundred confessors will hear confessions in
various languages, indicated by appropriate posters.
The center will be dismantled Aug. 19 and
reconstructed in Marienfeld in Kerpen, where the final
events of World Youth Day will take place on Aug. 20-21.