• Does Sin Matter?

It is sometimes said that we have lost our sense of sin. For Catholics, especially, this would seem a serious defect since many of us recall what now seems an unhealthy preoccupation with sin, evidenced in long queues outside confessionals, frequent sermons on the subject and the once popular parish missions.

More recently, that has changed. By and large, the confessional queues have disappeared and there is some uncertainty about what to say about the subject. The changes themselves suggest a different understanding of sin among priests and people and so the need for a new approach. The author seeks to take account of the new mindset and to suggest a new way of thinking about sin.

Frank O’Loughlin is a priest, theologian and liturgist. In Does sin matter?, he reflects on changed attitudes in the church about sin, and helps us explore an understanding of it - from Scripture, tradition, ancient and contemporary sources – to reconsider the reality of human sinfulness and to appreciate more deeply Christ’s teaching about human sinfulness.

The author also offers celebrations of penance and reconciliation that reflect a renewed understanding of sin and forgiveness, inviting us to consider them precisely in the light of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Frank O'Loughlin is a priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  He studied Fundamental Theology at the Urban University in Rome and gained a doctorate on the topic of Theology and Sociology of Knowledge.  He studied Liturgy at the Irish Institute of Pastoral Liturgy and lectured in Fundamental and Sacramental Theology and in Liturgy at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne.  He was parish priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Sandringham, for nearly 24 years and is currently a retired assistant priest in the Central Eastern group of parishes - Balwyn, Camberwell, Deepdene, Surrey Hills and Wattle Park.

Author Frank O'Loughlin
Pages 178
Publication Date 2022
Imprint Coventry Press
ISBN 9781922589187

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