Adelaide's Archbishop Leonard Faulkner will issue new guidelines aimed to foster a renewed understanding of the Sacrament of Penance.
    "We are planning for extensive teaching and catechesis on the sacrament of penance," Archbishop Faulkner said. "This catechesis will lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sacrament of penance in all the forms of celebrating the sacrament as outlined in the rite of penance."
    In the past three months Archbishop Faulkner has consulted with the priests of the archdiocese, the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Diocesan Pastoral Council and received many letters regarding the celebration of the sacrament of penance in the archdiocese. He has also been in correspondence with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and has received advice from the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Francesco Canalini.
    Archbishop Faulkner said the guidelines would give special consideration to the celebration of the third form of the sacrament with general confession and general absolution in cases of grave necessity clearly determined by liturgical and canonical norms. This follows controversy surrounding the use of the Third Rite after the Pope's address to Australian Bishops at the conclusion of their ad limina visit to Rome last December.

2:23pm 4/5/99 / Catholic Communications Adelaide


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