The Sacrament of Penance
We continue in this teaching part to examine and refute in finer detail another major one of the seven sacraments. Having looked at the sacrament of Baptism, we want in this teaching part to turn our attention to the sacrament of Penance.
In this teaching, we explore the Roman Catholic understanding of the concept of sin and atonement. In seeking to understand this, we in turn are equipped with the necessary knowledge to aid our understanding of just how important the sacrament of penance is in the salvation of Roman Catholics. How is it that a Roman Catholic priest has power on earth in Christ’s stead to forgive the sins of the penitent? What role if any, do human works play in our salvation? Is there such a place as purgatory and if so what role does its temporal flames play in our salvation? What are indulgences and how do they figure in our salvation? All of these questions are explored in this teaching part as we take a biblical look at the sacrament of Penance.
Download teaching notes (pdf)