Human longing for reconciliation. The mystery of reconciliation in the history of salvation – Old Testament & New Testament. The Church’s ministry of Penance and Reconciliation. History of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confession and Psychoanalysis. Theological and practical aspects of the elements of the Sacrament: Contrition / Confession / Penance / Absolution. Juridical aspects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Forms of Celebration. Particular issues: seal and secrecy; psychological problems; confessor-penitent relation. Practical considerations in the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Rite of Penance: The Code of Canon Law. JOHN PAUL II, Reconciliatio et Paenitentia, 1984 & Misericordia Dei, 2002. Handouts of the Lecturer. GATTI G., Confessare Oggi: Un Manuale per i confessori, Turin, 1999. KIDDER, S. A., Making Confession Hearing Confession: A History of the Cure of Souls, Collegeville, 2010. STASIAK K., A Confessor’s Handbook, New York: Paulist Press, 2010. Notes of the Lecturer.