As an Episcopalian, we techincally have the rite of Confession and Reconciliation as one of the things we are supposed to do, but in actual practice, I've never seen it done.
In contrast, I know that most Roman Catholics do regularly incorporate the practice, and it seems like a wonderful thing - tangibly hearing the sacremental words of absolution from man who is understood to speaking in God's steed. As one who deals with abstract things all day long, it would be nice to hear "God with flesh" sometimes.
The question is, would a Roman Catholic priest technically be able to hear the confession of a non-Catholic? I mean, since I'm not a Papist (no perjorative meant there, I promise!), technically I'm a heretic, and possibly even ex-communicate. As such, coud a Roman Catholic priest hear my confession even if he wanted to? More importantly, can he pronounce absolution?