Just do it!
Wouldn't it be funny if the priest asked the pope to perform the following penance: you are to wear the mozetta and papal stole publicly for the rest of your pontificate.
A sinner is a sinner. Surely the priest hearing the pope's confession was, if mildly startled, nowhere near having a coronary...
He did this in spite of the pain (this is the first time we've seen the pope kneeling since Corpus Christi).
I forgot that he's not the only one with knee problems: hope you're feeling better, Father!
What a great example he sets for us. Of course he didn't confess for us, but for himself. You must take care of yourself before you can take care of others. -DF
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