The following is from the Diocese of Sacramento, posted last week on the diocesan website:

Liturgy Reminders:
Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Re: Sacrament of Reconciliation: the Confessional

Confessionals should be built so as to give penitents the option making their confession from behind a screen or ‘face-to-face’. Penitents cannot be required to offer their confession in one way or the other.

From the USCCB, October 20, 2000 –
“Provision must be made in each church or oratory for a sufficient number of places for sacramental confessions which are clearly visible, truly accessible, and which provide a fixed grille between the penitent and the confessor. Provision should also be made for penitents who wish to confess face-to-face, with due regard for the Authentic Interpretation of canon 964, §2 by the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, July 7, 1998” (AAS 90 [1998] 711).

Thank you for all that you do.
James Cavanagh Director of Worship