Confessor's Handbook Revised and Expanded Edition

ISBN-10: 0809146754

ISBN-13: 9780809146758

Edition: 2010

Authors: Kurt Stasiak

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Now revised, this is a guide filled with practical, straightforward advice, examples, and suggestions on how a confessor might celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation more effectively with his parishioners.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 11/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Foreword to the Revised Edition
The Sacramental Dialogue between Priest and Penitent: basic principles
An encounter with Christ, his Church, and his minister
The words of the penitent
The words of Christ and his Church
The words of the priest
God's grace, God's time, God's plan
Suggestions for Practice: some things to consider
Answer the fundamental question: Why is this penitent here?
Establish the focus of your remarks
Use clear, simple language
Give a penance that will "work"
Consider asking the penitent "why?"
Know the occasion and take advantage of it
Memorize the formula for sacramental absolution
Be hospitable
Know the Code-and the policies of your diocese
Prepare to celebrate the sacrament-and "debrief" afterwards
Honor the spirit, as well as the law, of the seal of the confessional
Suggestions for Practice: some things to avoid
Do not accuse; do not insult
Do not draw quick conclusions
Do not get lost in what you are saying
Do not neglect to say what must be said
Do not complicate or "extend" the confession for the penitent
Do not "reconfigure" the penitent's confession-or the penitent's conscience
Do not make the penitent's confession your confession
Do not make the penitent's confession your confession-a second version
Do not minimize or trivialize the penitent's confession
Do not be too quick to offer definite answers to specific situations
Special Situations, Special People
The scrupulous penitent
"Bless me, Father, but I have not sinned"
The penitent who is "present in body but absent in spirit"
The penitent in need of counseling or psychotherapy
"This isn't a sin, but..."
Refusing/deferring absolution-sufficient purpose of amendment?
Frequent devotional confessions
The penitent returning after a long absence
"But I just can't go to confession"
The penitent who is a brother priest
Communal penance services
Concluding Remarks
"Vademecum for Confessors Concerning Some Aspects of the Morality of Conjugal Life" (Pontifical Council for the Family, 1997)
Using This Book in the Seminary
Assessment of the Confession Experience
"Confessors Need to Be Penitents, Too"
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