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PAGE 11 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC FEBRUARY 25, 1990 Reconciliation .._ Use of sacrament Still on the decline Opinions differ on why Washington (CNS) - A U.S. bishops' Study on the sacrament of reconciliation ShOws significant differences amen b: 1_ o . g n.Ops, priests and laity as to why the), the sacrament's use is in decline. The study results are "illuminating," Fr. Michael Walsh, head of the Office for Pastoral Research Practices which conducted the Study. Entitled "Reflections on the-Sacra- aent of Penance in Catholic Life TdaF. A S tudy Document, the study Was released in January. It will be PUblished at the end of February by the U.S. Catholic Conference. For tw dA ty- O percent of all U.S. bishops, .percent of a random samnle of 2,500 Priests, a r . fr nd 35 percent of Cathohcs 0ra three dioceses who regularly at- nd Mass responded to the survey, nducted in mid-1988. w i.ishps- responding to the survey on ch the study is based said "a less ieg ervasive sense of sin" was the most ficant factor leading to decline in Use of penance But riests laced atfo .... ,_: . " P . P M.,. ,,,m m tmportance, anct the laity '"7 It tied for seventh. -- riests said %eneral confusion over ' hat i . fa ' nght or wrong was the leading m,_h"c'tr' which was ranked third by the k "uPs and tied for seventh in ranking "1 tll e latty.. "" " peri- l The laity stud "reconcdiauon ex by other means" was the biggest Priests ranked that second and placed it fifth. the Eucharist, personal an act of contrition, and a friend were each cited by than half the lay respondents as experienced reconciliation of the sacrament. r. Walsh said lay Catholics' experi- of reconciliation through other shows "a success of the catech- that baptism, Communion and are three sacraments of rec- as stated in the Rite of Getting your ARKANSAS CATHOLIC late? Call your local post office or call Arkansas Catholic 664-0340 have come to appreciate a d deeper tradition of Church Fr. Walsh said. e fis on Eucharist worked for Fr. Walsh said, then "a catech- should have some kind Catechesis can be a very effec- For good food, friendly service & an inexpensive meal, stop by to see us today. Grant (across from Pulaski Bank) LR 666-9933 Sat. The Sacrament of Reconciliation does not have to take place in the confessional box. (CNS) tive tool." The decline in the sacrament's use started in the early 1960s, even before the Second Vatican Council, which many attribute as the chief factor for the drop, Fr. Walsh said. ,If Catholics had a ghettoized life" before that time, then "mainstreaming into American society resulted in adopt- ing some of the mainstream culture," he said. Taking on those traits, he added, "may not always be in accord with the values of the Gospel." The study also dealt with the three rites of penance. In the second rite of the sacrament, a communal celebration with individ- ual reconciliation, "bishops see some problems," the study said. UBecause of the extended time needed for individ- DON'S DOWNTOWN SHOE SERVICE 311 W. 7th St. Liffie Rock 378-0228 Mon.-FrL 7:30AM to 5: 30PM, &3t. gAM o I PM Complete Boot & ,9,,oe Repo~. We m/:xli" most/oothe goodi.. ual confessions," it said, ,the liturgical element often suffers." Priests shared similar concerns. In the third rite, a communal cele- bration with general absolution, priests surveyed cited "ratios of 100 or more penitents per available confessor" as their reasons for granting general ab- solution. Only 11 percent of the priests surveyed had any experience with this form. "Either the unexpected numbers did not allow for recourse to the bishop," the study said, "or priests may not be aware of the change in the ritual" which gives the bishop the sole authority to decide the use of general absolution. More than two-thirds of the priests surveyed said they felt inadequately trained to serve as confessors in accord with the revised penance rites. The study includes an outline for a clergy formation program on the sacrament. Priests evaluated individual confes- sion, the first rite, "in a very positive way," the study said. "Some 70 percent of priests re- sponded that they preach on the im- portance of the sacrament often to very often," the study said, ' /et 63 percent of the laity responded that they hear preaching on penance rarely or never." The disparity "raises the question of the effectiveness of preaching on pen- ance." (so./) It's the simple way to answer any questions about your family insurance protection. And it's FREE! CALL M E. 225-1002 MIKE VAN VRANKEN, CLU, ChFC Member, Christ the King Parish 301 N. Shackleford Rd. Little Rock, AR 72211 AUTO- LIFE - HEALTH = HOME - BUSINESS Fr. Lambert Eckelhoff, OSB, died Feb. 18 in Sandia, TX. He was born Jan. 12, 1912, in Electra, TX. His parents were Anton and Mary Kemp Eckelhoff. He is survived by his brothers: Joseph Eckelhoff, Con- way; Bill Eckelhoff, Fort Smith; George Eckelhoff, Memphis; Gilbert Eckelhoff, West Helena; and by his sisters: Louise Schmitz, West Memphis; Ann Kornet, Paris; and Rose Bauer, North Little Rock. The funeral was held Wednesday, Feb. 21. He was ordained for New Subiaco Abbey on July 16, 1942, by the the late Bishop John B. Morris at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Little Rock. 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