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