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Confession

6 October, 2003 10:36 AM

The Washington Post has an interesting article on the changing nature of the sacrament of Confession in the Catholic Church. Here are some excerpts:

'Gone are the days when it was customary for Catholics to confess frequently, even if they had no serious sin to declare. Gone, too, is the sense among Catholics that they cannot take communion at Mass unless they have recently been to confession.

There are many reasons for the decline in confession-going. Many Catholics find the ritual too formulaic or say they are too busy. But the major reason, experts say, is a changed sense of what constitutes a sin....

At the same time, some priests and scholars say they have seen a modest revival of interest in confession, especially among young people whose spiritual searches are drawing them back to the traditional religious practices that their baby-boomer parents left behind....

Some Protestant scholars have observed renewed interest in the practice of confession in their denominations as well.'

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I have a friend who's a practicing Catholic, and the priest at her church just tells them that if they want to make a confession, just come and talk to him, rather than using the confession box.

Christop » 6 October, 2003 4:23 PM

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