Good morning all!!!
I read the news today, OH BOY!
This appears on the front page of the Hartford Courant this fine Good Friday, I mean "Day of Fasting and Prayer":
For Catholics, A Call To Fess Up
Clergy Urge Flocks To Seek Absolution
Call it a confess-athon.
The Rev. Joseph Looney of St. Margaret's Church in Waterbury is hosting a 12-hour call for confessions today at his parish.
Frustrated with the declining number of Catholics who confess their sins before a priest, Looney advertised a "Notice to All Sinners" in a local newspaper this week.
I wonder why there is such a decline? In Waterbury, no less!! Have you ever driven through Waterbury, CT? I have -- hundreds of times -- going back and forth between New Jersey and Connecticut over the years. You cannot miss the huge cross of steel atop the hill overlooking the city. It can be seen for miles. (Very distracting when driving.) "The joke is that locals grow up believing Christ was electrocuted on the cross. More striking is the large "Hollywood"-style sign that nightly illuminates the words: HOLY-LAND USA. It was a big vacation destination in the 60's and 70's." -- check out the pictures
Looney estimates that confessions are down 90 percent at St. Margaret's, an inner-city parish. About 20 years ago, he said, crowds used to line up for confession on Saturday afternoons before going to Mass and receiving communion on Sunday.
"Now people think they are liberated, that they are all perfect," Looney said.
Gee, can't imagine why there's such a decline (90 percent!) in visits to the confessional at Rev. Looney's church.
Where has all the guilt gone???
Thank GOD I'm an atheist
"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him."
~ Arthur C. Clarke
"Suppose we've chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we're just making him madder and madder"
- Homer Simpson's version of Pascal's Wager