The Basketball Diaries - Study Guide Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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The entries in this portion of Jim's diary take place during the winter of 1964.

Once a month, all of the students in Jim's new Catholic school go to church for confession. Although Jim was baptized in the Catholic faith, his parents are not church-goers and so he never received the sacraments of First Communion, Penance and Confirmation. When confession day arrives Jim contemplates trying to sneak away from school, but ultimately decides to remain with his classmates. When it is almost his turn, Jim tells the Brother that he has never been to confession before. The Brother insists that Jim take his turn anyway so Jim enters the confessional. Once inside, it is obvious that he doesn't know what to do, which he admits to the priest. The priest is very understanding, telling Jim he doesn't need to continue. The priest exits the confessional and berates the...

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