But, when it comes to ‘other worldly’ matters, who would have guessed that priests may become an endangered species? A new survey by Milan’s Catholic University revealed 60 percent of Italian Catholics no longer go to confession. Thirty percent see no need for an ‘intermediary’ and another 20 percent feel uncomfortable with the priests’ role as middleman between the sinner and God.
The Milan survey comes as no surprise. After decades of scandals involving the priesthood, why should anyone feel comfortable opening up in a confessional? In fact, ‘confession-avoidance’ is a classic cause-and-effect of the Church’s poor image and reputation.
But, with the confessional becoming less and less popular, I wonder how priests will spend their free time? Maybe the Garden State Parkway Authority is still accepting resumes for their few remaining tollbooth attendant openings?
Thanks to Greg Schmalz for the idea.