The Sacrament of Penance
Australian Jesuit Fr Richard Leonard speaks to Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications on the sacrament of penance in light of his book Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments. In this piece he looks at the sacrament of penance drawing from personal stories and popular film to promotes a new language for those he serves.
Speaking with Pat Coyle, Fr Leonard says that the sacrament is “all about Christ and not about ourselves”. He finds it more helpful to talk of a language of “destructive behaviour” rather than “sin” and believes that amazing grace happens when people come to confession. He tries to be a compassionate and welcoming presence for those he serves. He begins by explaining the penance as we know it has evolved throughout the ages.