Recently the "Vatican" (whoever that is) lamented the decline in the use of confession among Catholics.
It should be noted that this decline is directly tied to the lack of preaching against sin from Catholic pulpits. I don't mean screaming tirades bellowed from the ambo, but simple, straightforward declarations that sin is real and deadly to one's growth in holiness.
Some theologians and clergy don't see a problem with Catholics letting the Confession Muscle atrophy. They exclaim, "But God loves us where we're at! God accepts us as we are!" Yes, this is true. But confession is not about God loving you more or less. God will love you straight to hell if that's what you want. That's what free-will is all about ... (emphasis added)
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Go, and Sin No More
Fr. Philip Neri Powell, O.P., Ph.D. (great name) writes,