Children should be told about mortal sin, Hell and the need to save their souls when they receive the first sacraments. They were told this prior to the 1970s and at least 75% of Catholics practised the faith when they left school. Today only 3% to 5% practise the faith. The reason for the success prior to the 1970s was that what they were taught gave them a compelling reason to practise their faith. No one wants to take the chance of spending an eternity in Hell.
Today children are not told of these things in the sacramental programs. They are told of mortal sin in Catholic schools when they are 13 years of age. This is far to late and it is a “watered down” version of mortal sin. Children in state schools are not told about mortal sin at all. Catholic religious education needs to change back to what it once was!