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How African Reconciliatory Theology can Enrich the Sacrament of Penance


Looking at the African situation as well as humanity in general, there seems to be a secularist revolution that is seeping into postmodern society with the result that Christianity has been marginalised and its practice weakened. The celebration of the sacraments, especially penance, has been affected. For example, the need for repentance so as to attain God’s forgiveness has been replaced with a self-serving do-it-yourself morality. However, using its key characteristics of truth-telling, reconciliation, forgiveness and reparation, African theology of ubuntu can enrich the understanding and appreciation of sacramental penance.

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