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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 24: Ways and Means of Promotion

A reminder that when Pope John Paul lists this as Chapter One it’s the first chapter of part three, in which he discusses The Promotion Of Penance And Reconciliation. In the brief section 24, Ways And Means, he writes: 24. In order to … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 23: Promoting Penance and Reconciliation, Part 3: Two Points

We continue with Promoting Penance and Reconciliation. I’ll be honest. I don’t think “promotion” is the best idea to utilize. I get what JPS’s hopes were for some kind of a return to a sense of the past with higher … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 23: Promoting Penance and Reconciliation, Part 2: Christ As Redeemer

Let’s talk a bit more about Promoting Penance and Reconciliation: The church thus finds herself face to face with (people)-with the whole human world-wounded by sin and affected by sin in the innermost depths of (our) being. But at the same … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 23: Promoting Penance and Reconciliation, Part 1: More Than Church Documents and Ethics

The remainder of this document will find us with John Paul II and taking a close look at “The “Pastoral Ministry of Penance and Reconciliation.” This third of three main parts begins with the section numbered 23 and will take … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 22: Toward a Reconciled Life

Some final thoughts on the mysterium pietatis lead us Toward a Reconciled Life: 22. Thus the word of Scripture, as it reveals to us the mystery of pietas, opens the intellect to conversion and reconciliation, understood not as lofty abstractions … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 21: The Effort of the Christian

When John Paul II wrote of The Effort of the Christian he wasn’t indulging a pelagianism here. Remember the lost son of Luke 15. He came to his realization, but he still had to put one foot in front of the … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 20: It Is Christ Himself, Part 2: The Very Mystery of …

Let’s finish up It Is Christ Himself The mystery or sacrament of pietas, therefore, is the very mystery of Christ. It is, in a striking summary, the mystery of the incarnation and redemption, of the full passover of Jesus, the Son … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 20: It Is Christ Himself, Part 1: 1 Timothy 3:16

In this discussion on 1 Timothy 3:16, Pope John Paul II labels this section: It Is Christ Himself 20. It is profoundly significant that when Paul presents this mysterium pietatis he simply transcribes, without making a grammatical link with what he … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 19: Mysterium Pietatis

After some long narratives on good and important topics, we arrive at a new Chapter, “Mysterium Pietatis” and a brief introduction to the next phase of our exploration with Pope John Paul II in numbered sections 19 through 22. I find … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 7: The Church

By now, you’ve likely gotten the idea that I think The Loss of the Sense of Sin would be more accurately described as a lack of a sense of sin. It’s not that I disagree with Pope John Paul II. I … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 6: A Denial of God

Here and tomorrow, we’ll finish up John Paul II’s analysis of The Loss of the Sense of Sin. Here, we ponder a deeper question: what does it mean? The loss of the sense of sin is thus a form or consequence … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 5: Guilting The Young

It’s a small paragraph, but given the angst in the US over so-called white guilt, it seems an interesting point for Pope John Paul II to have made when he writes of The Loss of the Sense of Sin. Finally the … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 4: Relativism

The third reason for The Loss of the Sense of Sin is the oft-criticized relativism: The sense of sin also easily declines as a result of a system of ethics deriving from a certain historical relativism. This may take the form of … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 3: Psychology and Sociology

He might be right. Pope John Paul II attributed part of The Loss of the Sense of Sin to modern efforts in psychology. That’s worth exploring, though with caution. In general, psychologists are tasked with healing the minds and emotions of … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 18: The Loss of the Sense of Sin, Part 2: Secularism

Yesterday, in leading off our discussion of section 18, we read of Pope Pius XII’s assessment that “the sin of the century is the loss of the sense of sin.” I think it’s the sin of every century, but y’all … Continue reading

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