An informal survey of clergy based in cathedrals across
and Wales found
that two thirds had noticed an upturn in numbers taking part in the sacrament,
something many of them attributed to a papal “bounce”.
The Church said that the greater willingness by people to “unburden” themselves and deal “issues” than in the past had also given the centuries old practice a new relevance for some, including those who might be put off by public services.
The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, said a more informal approach to confession than in the past had also helped draw younger people – including increasing numbers who even attend with a smart phone in one hand, making use of a range of special confession apps to guide them through the process.
He joked that as a child he had been rather less diligent - even making up sins up to get through confession.
Above from and continued here: Daily Telegraph - Rise in Confessions in the UK
For more details on the Confession Survey go to the website here: Catholic Church England and Wales - Back to Church and Confession Survey