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Corporate Personality in Traditional Igbo Society and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

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Austin Echema

Contemporary studies in both anthropology and sociology reveal that rites develop and have meaning within the life of particular communities and their culture. Rites are thus human creations, though in a unique way. When rites and the words that go with them are no longer affecting choices about the crucial issues of life, they gradually lose their status; they are revised or even rejected. This appears to be the fate of the sacrament of reconciliation today. Although so central in the mission of Jesus that it became a sacrament in his Church, reconciliation has fallen into disuse at a time when most needed. This book contends that the importation of cultural elements, notions, signs and symbols from a different cultural setting to another is responsible for the crisis in the present practice of confession among the Igbo Christians.
The Author: Austin Echema is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Nigeria. Born in 1958 in Ohuhu Nsulu, he studied philosophy and theology in Bigard Memorial Seminary Ikot Ekpene and Enugu, Nigeria and earned his doctorate in theology from the Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt/Main.