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The former New York mayor said that people can change following video backlash

Rector at basilica says he has also seen a rise in non-Catholics wanting to go to Confession

Church officials try to remove misconceptions about the sacrament

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith urges Catholics to enter the confessional with newfound courage

His book Confessions is proof that the human heart does not change much over the years

His theology derives from experience: he is the great enlightener of the need for grace

But he was a wonderful writer and preacher: his Confessions ranks as one of the greatest books ever written