Memory and Reconciliation

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ISBN 9996-21-525-5; Year of publication 2000: Pages 54 The Church and the Faults of the Past Read more

The Jubilee has always been lived in the Church as a time of joy for the salvation given in Christ and as a privileged occasion for penance and reconciliation for the sins present in the lives of the People of God. From its first celebration under Boniface VIII in 1300, the penitential pilgrimage to the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul was associated with the granting of an exceptional indulgence for procuring, with sacramental pardon, total or partial remission of the temporal punishment due to sin. In this context, both sacramental forgiveness and the remission of temporal punishment have a personal character. In the course of the "year of pardon and grace," the Church dispenses in a particular way the treasury of grace that Christ has constituted for her benefit. In none of the Jubilees celebrated till now has there been, however, an awareness in conscience of any faults in the Church's past, nor of the need to ask God's pardon for conduct in the recent or remote past.

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