Journal Title

Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Publication Date

Spring 2020


This essay intentionally seeks ways that some insights and rituals of forgiveness of sin in African Religion can enrich the theology and sacramental celebrations of the sacrament of penance and reconciliation in the Roman Catholic Church. A case is made for the celebration of this sacrament to represent the cultural contexts of each local church in ways that heighten their appreciation for it.


Black theology; Forgiveness--Religious aspects--Catholic Church; Reconciliation--Religious aspects--Catholic Church; Reconciliation--Religious aspects--Christianity; African Americans--Religion

Publication Information

Archived version is the final published version.

©2020 Journal of Ecumenical Studies

All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of scholarly citation, none of this work may be reproduced in any form by any means without written permission from the publisher. For information address the University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112.





Document Type

Journal Article

Available for download on Saturday, February 05, 2022