Every now and then we receive requests for individual confession or other sacraments. In line with the current regulations by the Scottish Government and the Bishop of the Diocese of Aberdeen, it is not possible to administer the sacraments individually (confession, holy communion) or communally (baptism, marriage, confirmation). The only exception is a life-threatening situation.
As priests, we perfectly understand how difficult it is to live your faith without access to the sacraments; for us, it is equally difficult and unusual. If we make an exception for one person, then other people will sensibly ask “why could he/she, and I can’t?” We must accept the lack of access to the sacraments in accordance with Jesus’ words: “If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself and take his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:23)
The situation in which we find ourselves is temporary. What we can do is to support each other as much as possible and believe that God will bring greater good out of it.