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Honest Rituals, Honest Sacraments

Honest Rituals, Honest Sacraments

by Joseph Martos

Honest rituals are ceremonial actions that celebrate what is actually happening in people's lives. Religious rituals, however, often celebrate beliefs and doctrines (e.g., the birth of Christ, God's forgiveness of sins, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit) that have little to do with people's experience. Martos argues that early Christian ri… Read more…

Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual

Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual

by Joseph Martos

Catholic sacramental doctrine has lost much of its credibility. Baptized people leave the church, adolescents stop attending shortly after they are confirmed, supposedly indissoluble marriages regularly dissolve, few go to confession, and many do not believe in transubstantiation. Drawing upon his decades-long study of the sacraments, Martos reveals… Read more…