Anointing and Reconciliation

This unit applies the themes of sacramentality, a principal aspect of theology in the Christian tradition, to two fundamental areas of human life: sinfulness and sickness. It focuses on the reconciling and forgiving God with relation to human sinfulness. It discusses the historical development of the Sacrament of Penance, various Rites of the restored Ordo of Penance and using the structure of the sacrament to heal. It examines interpersonal and communal reconciliation, how the good confessor relates to various penitents and ministry to the sick and aged.

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Credit Points



27 credit points in Theology units.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. detail the principal developments, with their theological underpinning, in the liturgical history of Anointing and Reconciliation
  2. provide a theological analysis of Reconciliation and Anointing
  3. critically discuss contemporary issues in the theology of the two sacraments
  4. appreciate the ‘Sacraments of Healing’ as an authentic expression of sacramentality in the Christian tradition.
  5. empathetically discuss the relationship between the sacraments and sinfulness and sickness in ministry settings.
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