The sacrament of reconciliation and general absolution.

Title: The sacrament of reconciliation and general absolution.
Authors: Limbourn, Brian.
Date: 2002
Abstract: The ability to isolate several distinct models of reconciliation from the diverse materials left by past generations suggests that the history of this sacrament has been a continued search for a pastoral, meaningful, effective and human expression of the graced encounter between the Lord Jesus and repentant sinners celebrating the forgiveness of God and peace with the Church. This modular reconstruction also provides a basis to identify and think on certain essential theological values of reconciliation, namely, Eucharistic, ecclesial, communal, process and personal, which a community might appropriate to become a body of reconciliation in the world, instruct investigation of contemporary sacramental modes, and serve the genuine and comprehensive renewal authorized and informed by Vatican II Council. Having successfully captured these theological values, this Council proposed the sacrament of reconciliation as an indispensable part of the ongoing penitential spirit that permeates the entire Christian life. Nevertheless, the process to reform the sacrament proved a complicated and even contentious labour for those responsible. Although marked by a somewhat unimaginative similarity in their style, structure and perception of sin, the new rituals of reconciliation reflect the teaching of Vatican II Council faithfully enough to allow penitents remember and celebrate the activity of the Spirit-filled community serving as the place and presence of Jesus' saving mystery. At the same time, however, what seemed a dissonant mix of theologies ultimately bled the document of its necessary harmony so that the rituals did not attend the process of reconciliation central to the life of every faithful and reinforced the ambiguity already apparent in the regulations for general confession and absolution then in force. The Church experienced a sustained period of development and controversy about the meaning and practice of reconciliation. The blend of materials making cc. 959--963 lack the proper foundation to reflect in an authentic and credible way the awesome depth of the paschal mystery and its complex of implications for the sacrament of reconciliation. These texts will remain an unstable platform for the essential theological values of reconciliation. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
CollectionTh├Ęses, 1910 - 2010 // Theses, 1910 - 2010
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