301 The Sacrament of Penance
Administration of the Sacrament of Penance in the Archdiocese of Baltimore shall be in complete accord with all of the ritual components of the Rite of Penance. Pastoral practice must follow Church teaching and discipline.
Particular attention should be given to the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, to the “Instruction” introducing the Rite of Penance, and to the pertinent canons of the revised Code of Canon Law (Canons 959-991). This teaching and discipline provide the foundation for the development of appropriate pastoral practice.
For celebration of the Sacrament of Penance in conjunction with the process of initiation see §308 of this policy, below.