31 October 2018, The Tablet

Some of my correspondents said that general absolution should return full stop


The Third Rite of Reconciliation enjoyed a great reception in many places in Australia until November 1998. That month Pope John Paul II formally opened the special Synod for Oceania. At the end a “Statement of Conclusions” was produced and signed. The tone of it was generally negative, and the lax administration of the Sacrament of Penance received special attention.

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