Friday, November 04, 2005

St. Charles Borromeo: (1538-1584)
Key figure in "Anonymous Confessional": Grill instituted

"In order to ensure modesty and discretion, Cardinal Borromeo mandated in 1564 that the confessionals in his diocese be closed on both sides with a grill between penitent and priest. Pope Paul V's Roman Ritual adopted this provision, which helped spread its use, although it did not become a universal practice until the 17th century."

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