Reconciliation


Catechism of the Catholic Church

On Reconciliation and Penance in the Mission of the Church Today Pope John Paul II

Apostolic Constitution on Penance Pope Paul VI, 1966

On General Absolution Paul VI, 1972

On the Need for the Practice of Interior and Exterior Penance 1962 Encyclical of Pope John XXIII

Pastoral Letter on Penance By Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, NJ

River of Mercy A pastoral letter to the people of God of northern Colorado on conscience, reconciliation and the Great Jubilee, by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Cap. of Denver

Decree on Penance Council of Trent

Canons on Penance Council of Trent



Penance and Peter Abelard's Move Within By Kevin A. McMahon, Saint Anselm College, in The Saint Anselm Journal, Spring 2009

The Imperative Need to Forgive By Anthony Mifsud in The Way, 2009

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Celebrating the Mercy of God By Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. in Catholic Update, 2009

Confession: Fidelity to God or Spiritual and Emotional Healing? By Jong Rye Gracia Song, SPC in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2006

Forgiveness in Our Church Today: Key to Healing By Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M. in Catholic Update, 2003

Examen of Consciousness: Finding God in All Things By Phyllis Zagano in Catholic Update, 2003

How to Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation Today By Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M., S.T.D. in Catholic Update, 2000

Articles in SIDIC Periodical, 1996:
  • Teshuva By Mark L. Solomon
  • Repentance: A Christian Understanding By Henri Bourgeois
  • The Communal Dimension of Repentance in Jewish and Christian Liturgies By Lucy Thorson
  • Reflections on Repentance: How to Speak of Reconciliation after Auschwitz By Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini
  • Reflections on Repentance: Jerusalem An Interview with Bruno Hussar O.P.
  • Reflections on Repentance: A Meditation for Yom Kippur By Jonathan Magonet

    The 'Summae Confessorum' on the Integrity of Confession as Prolegomena for Luther and Trent By Kilian McDonnell in Theological Studies, Sept, 1993

    Ten Tips for Better Confessions: The Gift of Reconciliation By Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M., S.T.D. in Catholic Update, 1990

    The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Celebrating God's Forgiveness By Sandra DeGidio, O.S.M. in Catholic Update, 1986

    Sin and Sacramental Reconciliation I By Monika Hellwig in The Way, 1984

    Sin and Sacramental Reconciliation II By Monika Hellwig in The Way, 1984

    General Absolution: New Law, Old Traditions, Some Questions By Ladislas Orsy in Theological Studies, December 1984

    Reconciliation: Rite and Life by Giles Dimock, OP in Spirituality Today, 1982

    The New Penitential Rite II By Kevin Donovan in The Way, 1976

    The Catechesis of Reconciliation By Christiane Brusselmans in The Way, 1975

    The New Penitential Rite I By Kevin Donovan in The Way, 1975

    Trent's Temporal Punishment and Today's Renewal of Penance By Peter J. Beer in Theological Studies, September 1974

    General Sacramental Absolution: Pastoral Remarks on Pastoral Norms By John Gallen in Theological Studies, March 1973

    Renewal of Penance and the Problem of God By Carl J. Peter in Theological Studies, September 1969

    The Social Aspect of the Sacrament of Penance By Bernard J. Cooke in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1967

    Auricular Confession and the Council of Trent By Carl J. Peter in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1967

    The Age of First Confession By Gerard S. Sloyan in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1967

    The Theology of Devotional Confession By John F. Dedek in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1967

    Penance and Reconciliation with the Church By Clarence McAuliffe in Theological Studies, March 1965

    The sacramental grace of penance By Robert Reginald Masterson in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1958

    Rodriguez and the Confession of Doubtful Mortal Sins By Joseph J. Farraher in Theological Studies, June 1956

    Suitable penances for different classes of penitents By Joseph A. Spitzig in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1956

    The Sacrament of Penance and St. Cyprian's "De Lapsis" By Maurice Bévenot in Theological Studies, June 1955

    Vi Clavium ex attrito fit contritus By P. De Letter in Theological Studies, September 1955

    Conditionally Rebaptized Converts and Integral Confession By Gerald Kelly in Theological Studies, September 1951

    Two Concepts of Attrition and Contrition By P. De Letter in Theological Studies, March 1950

    How Does the Priest Retain Sins? By Paul F. Palmer in Theological Studies, June 1950

    Diocesan Censures "Late sententiae" and Reserved Sins in the United States By R. J. Anable, J. G. Furniss, W. F. Pichla, F. P. Rothlauf, and Joseph M. Snee in Theological Studies, September 1947

    Jean Morin and the Problem of Private Penance II By Paul F. Palmer in Theological Studies, June 1946

    Absolution in the Early Church: The View of St. Pacianus By Clarence McAuliffe in Theological Studies, March 1945

    Jean Morin and the Problem of Private Penance By Paul F. Palmer in Theological Studies, September 1945

    The Generic Confession of Devotion By Gerald Kelly in Theological Studies, September 1945

    Insuperable Embarrassment and Confession By Hilary R. Werts in Theological Studies, December 1943

    St. Cyprian and the Reconciliation of Apostates By John H. Taylor in Theological Studies, March 1942

    The Mind of Saint Pacianus on the Efficacy of the Episcopal Absolution By Clarence McAuliffe in Theological Studies, March 1941

    The Mind of Saint Pacianus on the Efficacy of the Episcopal Absolution By Clarence McAuliffe in Theological Studies, December 1940

    The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, volume 3: Penance Book by Msgr. Joseph Pohle, 1918

    Theory and Practice of the Confessional: A Guide in the Administration of the Sacrament of Penance Book by Prof. Caspar E. Schieler; edited by Rev. H.J. Heuser, 1906

    On the Sacrament of Penance Baltimore Catechism, 1885

    On Confession Baltimore Catechism, 1885

    On The Manner of Making a Good ConfessionBaltimore Catechism, 1885

    The Love of Jesus to Penitents Book by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, 1872

    St. Thomas Aquinas: The Summa Theologica on Penance
    The sacrament of Penance -- Penance as a virtue -- The effect of Penance, as regards the pardon of mortal sin -- The remission of venial sin -- The return of sins which have been taken away by Penance -- The recovery of virtue by means of Penance
  • St. Thomas never completed his treatise on Penance. The remainder of the Summa Theologica, known as the Supplement, was compiled probably by his companion and friend Fra Rainaldo da Piperno, and was gathered from St. Thomas's commentary on the Fourth Book of the Sentences of Peter Lombard.
    The parts of Penance, in general -- The object of contrition -- The degree of contrition -- The time for contrition -- The effect of contrition -- Confession, as regards its necessity -- The nature of confession -- The minister of confession -- The quality of confession -- The effect of confession -- The seal of confession -- Satisfaction, as to its nature -- The possibility of satisfaction -- The quality of satisfaction -- The means of making satisfaction -- Those who receive the sacrament of penance -- The power of the keys -- The effect of the keys -- The ministers of the keys -- Those on whom the power of the keys Can be exercised -- The solemn rite of penance

    The Sacrament of Penance Edward Hanna, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911

    The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Thoughts of a Confessor to Confessors By Damian Fandal, O.P.

    The Sacrament of Penance From Catholic Online

    Confession Must Be Humble, Complete and Accompanied by Firm Purpose of Amendment Letter of Pope John Paul II to Cardinal Baum

    Why and How do we practice Confession? A Coptic Orthodox perspective

    Lenten Reconciliation Rite By liturgy consultant James O'Regan

    The Sacrament of Reconciliation Links to articles and resources on Confession, Penance and Forgiveness



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