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This study explores the impact of sacramental confession on the emotional well-being of parishioners within the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, blending theological insights with psychological perspectives. Amidst evolving societal norms and shifting religious practices, the confession sacrament faces challenges and reaffirmation concerning its relevance in contemporary Catholic life. This research aims to dissect the multifaceted role of confession, not only as a spiritual doctrine but also as a therapeutic practice that contributes to individual and communal psychological health. Employing a qualitative research methodology, the study interviewed 41 participants, 7 priests, and 34 parishioners, and their experiences and perceptions of sacramental confession. Through semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis, the research uncovered that most parishioners experienced significant emotional relief and a sense of spiritual renewal following confession. Key findings indicate that the moment of absolution plays a critical role in facilitating feelings of forgiveness and psychological liberation, aligning with prior studies that underscore the psychological benefits of religious rituals. However, the study also identifies a spectrum of responses to confession, highlighting a minority of parishioners who perceive the practice as less spiritually significant. This diversity underscores the complex interplay between personal spirituality, religious doctrine, and cultural context. Additionally, the research delves into the counseling techniques employed by priests during confession, the confidentiality of the sacrament, motivations for participating in confession, and the perceived barriers to its practice. Conclusively, the findings affirm sacramental confession's positive impact on emotional well-being, while also suggesting areas for further research further to understand its role in modern religious and psychological landscapes. This study contributes to the ongoing dialogue between theology and psychology, offering insights into how ancient practices adapt to and support contemporary spiritual and emotional needs.


Sacramental Confession Emotional Well-being Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi Religious Practices Spiritual Renewal

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Otu Abban, A. (2024). The Effects of Sacramental Confession on The Emotional Well-Being of Parishioners Within the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies and Innovative Research, 12(2), 1825–1837.


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