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date: 21 January 2019

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The chapter reflects on the theology of reconciliation in the light of the creation narratives and ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council. The original harmony in creation was distorted by original sin and its fourfold consequence: alienation between the human being and God, alienation within the human family, alienation within the human being, and alienation between the human being and the whole of creation. Christ came to reconcile through the paschal mystery of his death and resurrection. The council, for her part, describes the church as sacrament of communion in Christ. A theology of reconciliation must move away from the individualism that reduces one’s relationship with God to a private affair. Adequate reconciliation must address the fourfold alienation occasioned by original sin. The church, through the ministry of the priest, makes this a reality.

Keywords: sin, individualism, alienation, conflicts, reconciliation, communion, Christ, church, priest

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