We've made some minor renovations to our "Room of Reconciliation" aka Confessional. No longer will penitents be able to come around the wall and sit with the priest to confess their sins. A beautiful decorative screen crafted by our parishioner Jim Fontenot prevents them from entering where the priest sits to hear confession. However, if they wish to stand at the screen they can see the priest for a face to face confessional, but from behind the screen. The priest now has a separate door for his portion of the confessional.
Our confessional is isolated from the rest of the Church, so in the spirit of "virtus" this is for the protection of all, priest included.
There is also a small window into the priest's section of the confessional. Commonsense more than likely dictated the traditional configuration of the confessional boxes of yesteryear and today's return to this commonsense idea is most welcomed.
Before renovation, penitent could kneel at screen or walk around the wall and sit nice and comfortable with the priest and out of sight of anyone--not good!
A door is in the process of being cut in this photo by the chair that the penitent once could occupy and be out of sight and private with the priest after walking around the wall:
Permanent new screen by Jim Fontenot prevents anyone from coming into the priest's private area:
This shows the new window from that one can look through from outside the confessional into the priest's private area:
View from the priest's side:
Someone could stand at the screen from their side and look to their right to the priest sitting for a face to face if they wish: