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Greetings and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ!  This page is a presentation of the Eastern Catholic practice of what the Roman Catholic Church calls “The Sacrament of Reconciliation.” As we begin, let us remember that we are in the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Studying the Eastern Practice of This Sacrament

Why is it important for Roman Catholics to study the Eastern Catholic Church’s practice of this Sacrament?  (And for the primary readership of this blog– seminarians in St. Louis, Missouri– why must future Roman Catholic priests understand better the East?) … Continue reading

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The Geneology of the Eastern Catholic Church

The history of the Eastern Catholic Church is very beautiful, but it is also complex.  For the purposes of this project, it is helpful to know the origins and the names of the churches.  This graph will be of great … Continue reading

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Theology of the Sacrament

The sacraments in the East are understood in ways that differ from the Roman Catholic Church. “These sacraments are understood less as isolated acts through which a ‘particular’ grace is bestowed upon individuals by properly appointed ministers acting with proper … Continue reading

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The History of the Sacrament

In order to understand better the theology behind the sacrament, we should look also at the history of the sacrament. “During the first five centuries of the Christian era, Syriac and Byzantine Christianity would have come to possess the apostolic … Continue reading

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Names of the Sacrament

In the Roman Catholic Church, there are many names for this sacrament: the Sacrament of Penance, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of Confession, etc. In the Eastern Catholic Church, there are many names for this sacrament as well.  The … Continue reading

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Where Does the Sacrament Take Place?

As mentioned in the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches (1990), the place of the sacrament is ordinarily to take place within in the church and according to the law of the particular church. For most of the Byzantine … Continue reading

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