As a background to what I am about to relate, as well as a general reminder to all Catholics who take seriously our responsibilities to secure our own salvation, I present to you some writings about the advisability of frequent confession.
From the Baltimore Catechism:
294. Why should we go to confession frequently?
We should go to confession frequently because frequent confession greatly helps us to overcome temptation, to keep in the state of grace, and to grow in virtue.
Note that one of the Precepts of the Church is to confess our sins once a year, if we have mortal sin on our souls. One who does this and no more is depriving him/herself of much spiritual grace to effect their eternal salvation. I strongly suspect that there are few people who would eat only the bare minimum needed to survive. Rather, they would nourish themselves as frequently as possible (as far as they are able). How much more should we receive the Sacraments as frequently as possible?
One benefit that question 294 did not mention is that one of the requirements for a plenary indulgence is to go to confession within a week of performing an indulgenced act. Bi-weekly confession suffices to fulfill that requirement for plenary indulgences. Therefore, I strive for bi-weekly confessions for the plenary indulgences for my deceased parents and other relatives and friends who have died.
Not too long ago, I was making one of my bi-weekly confessions in a parish in the Archdiocese of Washington. I was there quite early so there were only two of us in line. I went first. I began my confession by telling the priest that it was two weeks since my last confession, when he interrupts me to say that I needn't confess so frequently unless there was serious sin. As I confessed my sins, he tried to chalk them off as mere weaknesses. I had to contradict him to tell him that there was indeed sin involved and proceeded to confess. He wouldn't let me pray an Act of Contrition. Instead he asked two or three questions regarding contrition then gave absolution. He ended by advising me not to confess unless there were serious sins. As I didn't think it appropriate to broach that Baltimore Catechism statement, I just left the confessional. All in all, he was quite terse and dismissive towards me.
Obviously I found this quite odd. In light of the lackluster signals emanating from the Vatican, many of which seem to have the goal of deemphasizing consideration of eternity and thus care for securing eternal salvation, I wonder if similar incidents are happening in the Archdiocese of Washington and other locales? If my readers have any similar situations to relay, please let us know in the comments. If you would, please let us know the dioceses in which this occurs.