If you’ve never used a confessional, you’ve no doubt seen one in a movie or television show — it’s when you step into a wooden stall at church and proceed to confess your sins to a priest in the hopes of salvation.
The expectation is that you drop the burden of your transgressions, take accountability for your actions, and are forgiven for what you’ve done after you finish the penance handed to you.
These experiences are supposed to be private and confidential, between you, your priest, and God.
But one woman found out the hard way that what happened in the confessional doesn’t necessarily stay there.
The woman shared her story of a priest’s controversial betrayal after he revealed her affair confession to her husband.
In a post originally written on the subreddit, “r/legaladvice” and then reshared on “r/facepalm,” the poster is honest from the start, telling readers that three years ago, during a tumultuous time in her marriage, she made the mistake of cheating on her husband.
The one-night stand happened during a work trip and the woman confessed that she never asked for any intimate details about the man she cheated with, including his last name.
They didn’t exchange contact information, nor did they keep in contact after the encounter.
The Redditor felt justified because at the time, she didn’t feel valued or appreciated by her husband and she describes the marriage as “rocky” back then.
For that reason, up until now, she has had no reason to tell anyone about the affair.