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From Trent to Vatican IIHistorical and Theological Investigations$
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Raymond F. Bulman and Frederick J. Parrella

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178067

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178068.001.0001

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From Confession to Reconciliation and Back: Sacramental Penance

From Confession to Reconciliation and Back: Sacramental Penance

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(p.241) 14 From Confession to Reconciliation and Back: Sacramental Penance
Source:
From Trent to Vatican II
Author(s):

W. David Myers

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195178068.003.0014

This chapter explores changes in sacramental penance. It is shown that the form of confession prevalent today is a product of the High Middle Ages and the religious reforms of the Council of Trent. Modern devotion to the sacrament signaled by frequent reception is a relatively recent phenomenon that has varied greatly since the Council of Trent.

Keywords:   Sacramental penance, confession, Council of Trent, Vatican II, High Middle Ages, devotion

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