SOS: the decline of confession Admin Tuesday, September 9, 2014 That the practice of Confession has declined so steeply in recent years represents one of the most worrying facts about the contemporary Church, and the single most vivid illustration of its decline. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.