Aparecida 254: The Sacrament of Penance

254. The sacrament of Reconciliation is the place where the sinner experiences in a singular manner the encounter with Jesus Christ, who has compassion on us and gives us the gift of his merciful forgiveness, gives us the sense that love is stronger than the sin committed, frees us from whatever keeps us from remaining in his love, and returns to us the joy and enthusiasm of proclaiming Him to others with open and generous heart.


Very true and very pious. But for lay people who live in locales without resident priests, more of a theoretical exposition than a practical or pastoral one. As with Sunday celebrations, the church’s liturgy does provide for Word services without sacramental confession and absolution. These go unmentioned in this document.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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