English bishop lowers age for Confirmation, to address falling numbers confirmed

English bishop lowers age for Confirmation, to address falling numbers confirmed

Catholic World News – September 28, 2016

An English bishop has announced that he is lowering the normal age for confirmation in his diocese, in a bid to increase the number of young people who receive the sacrament.

In a pastoral letter released on Sunday, Bishop Marcus Stock of Leeds said that the age for confirmation will be dropped from 14 to 11, so that children may receive the sacrament in their last year of primary school.

Bishop Stock explained that in the Leeds diocese, more than two-thirds of the young people who are baptized into the Catholic Church, and a majority of those who receive First Communion, are not confirmed. “This means that we are failing, as a diocesan community, to complete the initiation into the Catholic faith of a considerable number of our children and young people.” He added that this failure “deprives many of our young people of the objective grace” of the sacrament.

By lowering the age for Confirmation, the bishop said, the Church in Leeds will be able to concentrate on preparing students for the sacraments of initiation during their primary-school years.

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3 comments on “English bishop lowers age for Confirmation, to address falling numbers confirmed

  1. [His Excellency might have to lower the age further in view of …]

    Catholics Are Leaving the Faith by Age 10

    Researcher Mark Gray at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate stated the ‘whole concept of faith’ is losing credibility in the young …

    Gray recently published the results of two national studies by CARA, which conducts social science research about the Church. One of the surveys was of those who were raised Catholic but no longer identified as Catholic, ages 15 to 25. The second survey was of self-identified Catholics age 18 and over.

    And it is losing Catholics at a young age. “The interviews with youth and young adults who had left the Catholic Faith revealed that the typical age for this decision to leave was made at 13,” Gray wrote. “Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed, 63%, said they stopped being Catholic between the ages of 10 and 17. Another 23% say they left the faith before the age of 10.”

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  2. I have a radical idea Your Excellency for perhaps keeping youth (and adults) in the Church; Why don’t you guys go back to teaching the faith of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church has it has been taught for 2,000 years until the mid 1960’s and drop the modernist, relativist, syncretist and indifferentist nonsense found in many of the documents of Vatican II, the spirit of Vatican II, the Novus Ordo, and the papal encyclicals of the conciliar popes?!
    If you don’t, you can lower the age of confirmation to 5 years old and it won’t make any difference.

  3. My own UK diocese Salford is to embark on an wholesale closure of parishes. The excuse demographic changes and lack of clergy. There is a refusal to recognise that such has arisen from not teaching Catholicism, from the pulpits and teaching Catholicism in the schools. which has given the impression of there being nothing special about Catholicism. So why bother going to Mass? Major seminaries have closed and those remaining are teaching a vary strange form of Catholicism. The latest being, of course, the adulation of Luther!

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