Perrin (theology, Saint Paul U., Ottawa) wastes no time bemoaning the decline of the Catholic rite known familiarly as Confession since Vatican II, or what he sees as the more important impoverishment of the sense of the sacred in the wider church and society. Rather he takes on the task of rebuilding the ceremony, drawing heavily on Mircea Eliade's work on symbols and their mediating role in the interaction between the sacred and profane. He explains his existential and anthropological approach, examines Christian symbols and their relation to earlier and other symbolic universes, and rethinks the Christian reconciliation and its symbolic and sacramental enactment. Double spaced. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.