Darnit, for the life of me, I just cannot get the search function on this thing to yield me any useful results, ever. I'm sure this question has been addressed many times over.
Often, especially here in Russia, General Confession is offered, rather than individual. I've gotten different impressions about what's what with it: A) That it is essentially a spiritual exercise, for those who confess often enough that they are not in need of individual confession, or for those intending to confess individually soon, or B) That it is exactly the same as individual confession, just done in a different manner. I also heard that St. John of Kronstadt originated it; is this so?
What's the scoop?