I forget sometimes how fortunate I am to be in a building where my various superiors pretty much want the same things I do. I’m given a fairly accurate idea up front of what they will and won't defend me for doing, and it’s not so far from what I’d reasonably hope.
The traditional Catholic Church did something better than most when it came to confession. They formalized it and structured it so that the old was drained before the new began. The confessional allowed complete emptying of sins and the shortcomings. Just as significantly, the penitent were given acts of contrition to perform. Contrary to caricature, these were not the cleansing themselves, but symbols for the penitent to give them something tangible – some ‘buy in’ – in order to solidify their absolution. The forgiveness meant more and felt more real if the sinner could DO something to demonstrate their change of heart. The confessional, the assigned acts, the beads and even the collar – they’re scaffolds for the intangibles in play. They’re props in the most literal sense – holding up the parts we can’t see.
We need this.
I'm not much of a conspiracy guy. I'm confident that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing JFK, and that the 'magic bullet' behaved unpredictably because that's what bullets do. I don't think 9/11 was an inside job, and I'm 99.3% certain Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969 no matter what the shadows prove or how wavy the flag might be.