Friday, November 18, 2005

The Late, Great Sacrament of Confession
Forgive Me Lay Ecclesial Minister...

An excellent article by Andrew Santella.

One of the better indictments of the Vatican II "reforms" I have read to date. One small example;

Like most of the recent changes in the church, the shift occurred in the wake of the Vatican II reforms. The program of renewal for the church that emerged from the Vatican II council said almost nothing about penance and reconciliation. The church's emphasis after Vatican II seemed to be less on guilt and damnation and more on love and forgiveness. The sacrament was given its current kinder, gentler name, reconciliation. Which seemed to reduce the stakes: If priests rarely talked about going to hell anymore, why bother confessing to them? To the extent that confession seemed necessary, the church's post-Vatican II efforts to empower the people in the pews left some Catholics figuring that they could confess their sins directly to God in prayer. At the same time, baby boomers who had been educated in the arcane legalisms of Catholic transgression, is eating meat on Friday a mortal or venial sin? found themselves as adults thinking less about whether they were breaking the rules and more about their attitudes, intentions, and ideas about how to live a Christian life.

Like I've been saying for years... why is it in the average Novus Ordo parish, possibly a dozen or so actually show up for Confession, but literally hundreds go to Communion? Only one explanationion I can come up with... either they don't believe in The Real Presence, or they don't believe in sin.


Blogger Gaufridus said...

The post-conciliar Church doesnt even refer to Penance as such, but rather as "Reconciliation"... just as do the protestants who attempted to keep something of the sacrament.

It all has to do with the levelling of the Church, the removal and vulgarisation of the hierarchy. You confess and do penance to a superior; you "reconcile" with a peer.

Priests are not our peers.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

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