I am at the Thomistic Institute continuing Ed program for priests in Baltimore. Our first speaker last night spoke of Baltimore being ground zero for the decline in the Church especially concerning the sense of sin, as relativism was taught in the major seminary here beginning in the early 70's and local priests propagated heterodoxy in a rampant way led by the theologians here in the Washington/Baltimore metro area. This led to a decline in the use of Confession exacerbated by communal Penance Services with general absolution.
Of course I was at this Baltimore seminary, ground zero, during that heady, arrogant, prideful and vainglory time from 1976 through 1979 and can corroborate the above critique.
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