The objective of the course is to help prepare candidates for Priesthood to exercise the pastoral ministry of the sacrament of penance with diligence and effectiveness.
The need for reconciliation; the Church’s ministry of reconciliation; ways of exercising the pastoral ministry of penance and reconciliation; the sacrament of penance and reconciliation; forms of celebrating the sacrament of penance and reconciliation; juridical and pastoral aspects pertaining to the minister of the sacrament; practical considerations and practical lessons. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course the students are expected to: - Recall and outline/describe/summarize the Origins and importance of the Sacrament. - Identify the legal and pastoral aspects of the exercise of the Sacrament. - Exercise/officiate the Sacrament. - Identify the Magisterial teaching that guides the exercise of the Sacrament. - Listen, analyse, question, differentiate, classify the sins confessed and propose solutions for spiritual growth. - Recognize the reverential fear that should accompany the exercise of the Sacrament.
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