Tag Archives: Confession

Sacraments above all else

Catholics took to the streets in towns and cities throughout Europe on Sunday, in protest against lockdown restrictions that have closed churches and forbidden people to gather together. Government actions in many countries have effectively banned Christians from receiving the Sacraments.

But Catholics defiantly took to the streets, holding impromptu confessions and Mass.

The message is clear: ‘You will have to kill and imprison us to stop us receiving the Sacraments.’

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

Religion and Depression in Adolescence

A recently-published study led by university professors from Britain and the U.S.A. proves scientifically that lack of religious faith and practice plays a big part in depression.

The robust study, Religion and Depression in Adolescence, found that the more religious a young person is, the less risk there is of developing clinical depression and mental health problems. Conversely it shows that the less religious a person, the greater risk there is of an increasing severity of depression.

The study also found that when there is a strong increase in religiosity (for example, someone who doesn’t normally go to Mass or confession starts to go regularly) the risks of severe or moderate depression decrease by eleven percentage points.

“Perhaps the most surprising finding is that the effects were stronger, almost two-thirds stronger, in individuals with the most severe symptoms of depression, the most difficult to treat,” the researchers explain.