Whatever happened to Confession? A generation ago, Catholics lined up on Saturday afternoon to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at their local parish.
Nowadays, not so much. CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, asked Catholics in 2005 and again in 2008 about the frequency with which they took advantage of the sacrament.
The results were discouraging: Only 2 percent of self-identified Catholics went to Confession once a more or more frequently.
Now CatholicsComeHome.org, a non-profit media apostolate, hopes to change that. The apostolate, which has produced a series of very effective Catholic evangelism television ads on local, national and international television networks, has launched a new website, GoodConfession.com, to encourage more frequent participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.Whether you frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation or you have been away from Confession for years, GoodConfession.com offers easy-to-read and easy-to-use resources to help you learn about the sacrament, understand how to go to Confession, and, most importantly, learn how practically to live out the priest’s words in the confessional to “go and sin no more.”
“God wants us all to grow in holiness so we can be saints,” says the website. “But how do we actually do that? GoodConfession is here to help you figure that out.”
The website points Catholics to helpful books and audio, testimonials, a sample Examination of Conscience, prayers for Confession, confession times around the country, and more.