W 187 Common Worship Reconciliation and Restoration: A Commentary (2006)

Confession of sins is a biblical command and can be of immense pastoral significance. But confession in private, to a priest, with absolution was opposed by the Reformers as undermining the centrality of forgiveness by Jesus' death and resurrection.

The new rites of reconciliation have once again raised these questions. This study looks carefully at the rites, at the issues involved and the dangers of reversing Reformation principles, and the pastoral significance of what the rites may offer.
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Author: Andrew Atherstone

The Revd Dr Andrew Atherstone is tutor in history and doctrine, and Latimer research fellow, at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is also assistant curate of Eynsham and Cassington, near Oxford, having previously worked for churches in Islington, Reading and Abingdon.

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Author: Canon David Kennedy

David is Vice-Dean and Precentor of Durham Cathedral and a Member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission. He has served in parochial ministry in Spennymoor and Darlington and is a former Tutor in Liturgy at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham.

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Author: Phillip Tovey

Phillip is Director of Reader Training, Diocese of Oxford and Liturgy Tutor, Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He has experience of working overseas and in parish ministry and has written widely on Christian worship and liturgy.

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