A History of Auricular Confession and Indulgences in the Latin Church; Confession and Absolution Volume 1

A History of Auricular Confession and Indulgences in the Latin Church; Confession and Absolution Volume 1

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...of special attention. It required nuns to confess monthly and bishops were instructed to appoint extraordinary confessors who should in addition hear the confessions of all the nuns twice or thrice a year (Sess. xxv. De Reg. et Mon. cap. 10). In 1615, the Congregation of Bishops and Regulars decided that neither parish priests and their chaplains nor regulars could be so deputed (Clericati de Poenit. Decis. Xli. n. 2-10. Cf. Bizzari Collect. Sacr. Cong. Episc. et Reg. pp. 346, 357, 368, 378, 437). In 1622, Gregory XV. subjected the confessors of all nunneries and all regular confessors to episcopal approbation (Gregor. PP. XV. Const. Inscnttabili $ 4, 5, ap. Bullar. III. 452), and, in 1670, Clement X. decreed that each nunnery must have its own special confessor, who must have the approval of the bishop and can serve no other house; he can serve only three years (Bizzari, op. cit. pp. 13, 14), but is again eligible after three years' interval, while the extraordinary confessor requires a fresh episcopal faculty every time he makes a visitation (Clement. PP. X. Bull. Superna 4, ap. Bullar. VI. 306). Confessors of nunneries must be at least forty years old (Bizzari op. cit. p. 383). In spite of all these careful provisions to guard the purity of the spouses of Christ, the investigation made by the Grand-duke Leopold into the morality of the Tuscan nunneries and their confessors, about 1785, revealed a most shocking state of affairs (De Potter, M&noires de Scipion de' Ricci, I. 284 sqq.). In the perpetual friction between the secular clergy and the Mendicants on the subject of confessions, the papal decisions were construed very differently by the rivals. The Mendicants claimed that their confessors had a right to shrive all nuns and Tertiarics...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236496159
  • 9781236496157