On Private Absolution

Contrary to popular belief, Lutherans believe, teach, and confess that private confession and absolution should be practiced in our congregations.  Unfortunately, we have allowed this Gospel-centered rite of the Church to fall into disuse, the very thing our Confessions warn us to prevent from happening.  But, there is a resurgence among Lutherans of late to rediscover this beautiful gift and to bring it back into use within our congregations.  Included here are some helpful articles written on this subject for your perusal and edification:

"Private Confession and Absolution in the Lutheran Church:  A Doctrinal, Historical, and Critical Study"   by P.H.D. Lang

"Your Pastor Is Not Your Therapist" by Rev. Prof. John T. Pless

"Healing through the Liturgy" by Rev. Prof. John T. Pless

"On Private Confession and Absolution" by Rev. William M. Cwirla