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                                                                                    March 5, 2004          

Symposium: Experts Reflect on

Changes In the Sacrament of Penance


                        When:              Friday, March 19

                   10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Where:             Life Cycle Institute Auditorium

                   The Catholic University of America

                   620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                   Washington, D.C.


Details:            In the early 1960s, on the eve of the Second

Vatican Council, frequent confession was a way of life for most American Catholics. By 1969, the number of Catholics going to confession had dropped dramatically. What caused the drop in attendance? How have Church leaders responded to the change? During the first symposium session from 10 a.m. to noon, history and theology experts will seek to answer these questions by providing a historical overview of the sacrament of penance. During the second session from 1 to 3 p.m., experts will present theological and pastoral perspectives on this era of change in the Church.


The symposium is free and open to the public. Coffee will be served from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the Life Cycle Institute lobby. For additional information, contact Leslie Tentler, professor of history and director of the Center for American Catholic Studies, at 202-319-5484 or e-mail tentler@cua.edu.


Sponsor:          CUA’s Center for American Catholic Studies   




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