The Catholic Understanding and Practice of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, March 2001

Fr. Roger J. Landry
Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, MA
Chaplain’s Chat Series on Controversial and Often Misunderstood Issues in Catholicism Series
March 2001

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Outline of the Lecture


I. Brief introduction on Chaplain’s Conferences in general

II. Introduction to this Conference on the Catholic understanding and practice of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

III. Jesus, his mission, love and desire to forgive sins

IV. Only God can forgive sins, but forgives through human nature.

V. God wants us to stop sinning and to be reconciled with God through Jesus Christ

VI. The commissioning of the apostles to forgive sins (why it is necessary to confess sins to a priest)?

VII. The appeal to reconciliation among the apostles and the Fathers of the Church

VIII. The History of Confession

IX. The necessity and effects of the sacrament of reconciliation

X. The distinction between mortal and venial sins and why mortal sins need to be confessed.

XI. The requirements for an integral confession

XII. General Sacramental Absolution

XIII. The necessity of being in the state of grace for the reception of the Lord in Holy Communion.