I read a survey last week that only 6% of regularly-practicing Catholics go to confession on a regular basis, and that only 1% go more than once a month. At the same time, reception of the Eucharist is at an all-time high. This survey was conducted in 1990, so I imagine the numbers are even less now.
I have several Catholic friends and family members who do this – they never go to confession, but receive the Eucharist every Sunday. They have rationalized away what they are doing. One has told me she feels guilty about it, but believes God knows her heart, knows she isn’t an evil person, and will forgive her. While I don’t dispute that, I told her that isn’t Catholic teaching.
I am deeply deeply concerned about this. It seems since the Second Vatican Council, the notion of sin, hell, and evil has been glossed over. In my view, it is imperative that you knowingly do not have any mortal sins on your soul before receiving the Eucharist…and doing so will put your salvation in danger – that’s what the Church teaches. Yet, this teaching isn’t emphasized, and further many parishes barely even offer confession times.
For several years I have felt a calling toward some type of religious life and within the past few I have taken steps toward that end. I believe this concern is the specific niche for me in the Church – I believe I am called to preach about this, hear confessions, and offer absolution. It’s still a bit out of focus and is going to need some refining, but I have the general area pinned down.
Any comments about this? I would like to engage in a dialogue about this topic, if anyone is interested.