Say what you will about Pope Francis, but His Holiness has promoted the Sacrament of Penance. Is it paying off?
I can remember the horrible drop in Confessions almost overnight after Vatican II (with a lot of other horrible drop-offs in Catholic practice).
But over the years, my own experience sees things shifting. In Macon, when I got there in 2004, only one priest was needed for Confessions on Saturday and I wasn't busy for most of the hour. But with my encouraging my parishioners to go regularly, eventually we needed two priests and we were busy the whole hour and when I had a third priest we all were kept busy.
Then we added daily Confessions prior to our 8 AM Mass at 7:30 AM.
I have a priest friend who has two parochial vicars and they hear Confessions each Sunday DURING THE MASS! He says that tremendous numbers of people go. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT, DURING MASS?
I am hearing Confessions extra times during Lent. Each Wednesday from 6:15 to 7:20 PM and each Friday following the Stations of the Cross at 7 PM.
So what do you think of this:
Catholics are Invited to Confession March 21, During “Be Reconciled” Day