It’s no secret that the church has been used to push agendas and get citizens to do weird shit they never would’ve done if God’s name wasn’t in it. The idea of confessions seem fishy asl. You go in and tell all your secrets to a priest for forgiveness. Why wouldn’t you tell god directly so you could be forgiven from the source? Governments love to spy on their people and the church was a part of government back then. So the church could have easily used confessions as a clever reuse to keep tabs on it’s citizens. Kind of like some big brother shit, but much more papal and priest-like. It’s an entire government agency dedicated to this shit, my nigga Snowden risked his life to tell us the truth about this. The distribution of power hasn’t changed, the Catholic church still damn near run the western world even if it’s behind the scene now. Even if the confessions seemed anonymous, the priest could’ve easily known who it was. Or had someone hiding to see who goes in and out of the confession booth. It seems more likely that it was used for spying, cuz we all know the church evil and selfish asf.