RECONCILIATION
RESULTS of A SURVEY by
CARA: February, 2008
 

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March 28, 2014


In February 2008, The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University surveyed 1,007 self-identified adult Catholics in the United States. [pdf]


 


 

 

THE SACRAMENT of RECONCILIATION
 

 

 


Respondents were asked how frequently they participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation and about their beliefs regarding this sacrament.

 

 


Participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
 

 


How often, if ever, do you participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession?


 

2005

2008

Once a month or more

2%

2%

Several times a year

10

12

Once a year

14

12

Less than once a year

32

30

Never

42

45

Three-quarters of Catholics report that they never participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation or that they do so less than once a year.

About one in eight Catholics (12 percent), participate in Reconciliation once a year and an identical proportion do so several times a year. Two percent report that they participate in Reconciliation at least once a month.




More than four in ten members of the Pre-Vatican ΙΙ Generation say they participate in Reconciliation at least once a year.


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