Confession; A Doctrinal and Historical Essay, Tr. by M.H.G. Buckle

Confession; A Doctrinal and Historical Essay, Tr. by M.H.G. Buckle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...come to the public light; and to him alone can they be fully known who, like the exile, has sat for full fifteen years in a confessional chair. Appendix G. Let us rather turn our eyes to the public immorality which reigns in countries where the confessional is most frequented. The facilities for obtaining pardon of sins by relating them to a priest, too often a boon companion in the excesses of the penitent, pave the way to the commission of new sins. "Sin confessed, sin forgiven;" "confessing a hundred sins is as good as confessing a hundred and ten," are popular proverbs in Italy. But I take for an example Rome, the city which boasts to be the centre of religion, the seat of the pretended Vicar of Jesus Christ, the city where, more than in any other place, confession is largely practised. I likewise take Rome as an example, because of that city I can speak with certain knowledge. That that city was my native place, that I discharged in it for fifteen years the ministry of hearing confessions, that I fulfilled in it for eight years the duties of a parish priest, --these facts give me sufficient knowledge to speak with certainty. Rome is the city which surpasses all the other cities of Italy in immorality. But perhaps the blame ought to be imputed to the Roman people? No; the Roman people, noble, generous as its forefathers, would be the people of the greatest virtue, an heroic people, if it were trained to virtue, if it were educated in the Gospel. But all the fine qualities of that people are stifled by the teaching of its Church, and the people is brutalized in guilt. Blasphemy against God is the predominant vice of-the Roman; but the blasphemer confesses, departs absolved, and is no sooner out of the church than he begins...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558324
  • 9781236558329