This Lent, Go To Confession! New Website Can Help

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 mor … [Read more...]

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Pope Benedict’s “To-Do” List to Keep Catholics in Church

What is the largest Christian denomination in America?If you guessed “Catholics”, you’re right!  According to a 2011 study by CARA (the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate), there are 68 million Catholics in the United States—more by far than in any other group.But the second group on CARA’s list—with 22.5 million, coming in almost 35% higher than the next on the list—are “Former Catholics.”  By comparison the third group, the Baptists, have only 16 million adherents.  They’re f … [Read more...]

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