I myself would be reluctant to state that the majority of bishops and priests are allowing a distortion of Orthodox praxis. Again, argumentum ad populum. I think I've pretty well established how requiring Confession before every Communion is a distortion of Orthodox praxis.
I'm a bit confused here. Why is everyone so set against Holy Confession?
We prepare for Holy Communion. We fast, we pray, we take a bath and we put on clean clothes....lest we insult the Lord by nearing His presence unclean.
Should we not put at least that much effort to ensuring our souls are clean, as well?
Is it a matter of pride? Do we think we are too good and have nothing to confess from week to week?
I know I am a miserable sinner. I try hard not to judge, and not to get angry, and not to eat too much, and not to gossip, and not to participate in the crude conversations and "jokes" at work....but, I often fall short of the mark.
I KNOW that I have sinned....and instead of compounding this sin, from week to week...to the point that I forget about them.....I prefer to Confess on a weekly basis.
I come early, so, I do not interfere with the serving of the Divine Liturgy or I confess at the Vespers service the night before....and I honestly don't care when I hear the snide remarks behind my back..."oh...here comes the sinner..." from members of the parish who chose to sit out the Liturgy and not participate. Maybe they have no sin to confess...more power to them.
As for me, I am a sinner and I am not too proud to admit it, or to Confess it.
I could not imagine approaching the Holy Chalice with all this "sin" hanging over me...compounded by my pride of not confessing it. Dirty socks are one thing, an unclean soul is another.
Lord, have mercy on me and forgive me my inequities!