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Sin in the Sixties
by Maria C. Morrow
Catholic University of America Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-8132-2899-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8132-2898-3
Library of Congress Classification BX2260.M68 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 202.2

Confession reached its peak attendance in the early 1950s, but by the end of the Second Vatican Council, the popularity of the sacrament plummeted. While this decline is often noted by historians, theologians, priests, and laity alike - all eager to provide possible explanations - little attention has been paid to another dramatic shift. Coincident with the decreasing popularity of the sacrament of penance in the United States were changes to non-sacramental penitential practices, including Lenten fasting, Ember Days, and the year-round Friday meat abstinence. American Catholics - sometimes derisively called Fisheaters - had assiduously observed Friday abstinence, regardless of ethnicity or geographic location.

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