Among other relevant issues, this book adds new insights to the proposed Igbo Christian rites of reconciliation. Towards an inculturation, the resolutional equations of the Igbo cultural method of reconciliation - oriko in ala di mma - are balanced with the sacrament of reconciliation in operational life of the people who are pastorally concerned. In this context, the author refers to the Owerri archdiocesan working document on emume nsacha na ndozi, meaning a ritual of purification and peace, as well as to the Igbo Christian rite of reconciliation proposed by Augustine Echema. The method of these new rites is para-liturgical in nature which highlights the importance of reconciliation of human beings with themselves, their neighbours and God, whenever sin has taken place. Paradoxically, this new method of reconciliation can broaden ecumenism and strengthens the social, cultural, political and religious lives of the people. In this sense, reconciliation can be seen as a natural spiritual cord that ties people to themselves and to God in a communal and Christian environment.
Gerald Chukwudi Njoku is a priest of the Owerri Catholic archdiocese in Nigeria. He holds a diploma certificate in Latin and studied philosophy and theology at Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu, an affiliate of Pontifical Urban University Rome. The author earned his doctorate in theology from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Germany).
Contents: Reconciliation - Igbo Christian rites - Inculturation - Augustine Echema - Owerri archdiocese - Nigeria - Para-liturgical application.