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Discuss sin, confession

To the editor:

With respect to the column “Why are Catholics skipping Confession?’ by Father Richard McBrien in the April 2008 issue of the Catholic Courier, it seems to this writer that the obvious is being overlooked.

In recent times, emphasis has been placed on the teaching that to remain in good standing, one is only obliged to go to Confession once a year, unless one is knowingly in a state of mortal sin. What constitutes sin is almost never mentioned and the benefits of regular confession unexplored.

From our earliest days we were taught that when we receive Holy Communion — i.e., the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ — we should approach the altar in a state of grace and as reverentially as possible.

How is it possible to do so if we have not made an effort to fulfill these once accepted norms?

Joyce P. Szwagiel

Drummond Street, Auburn

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