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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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Religious Life for Women: From Enclosure to Immersion

Religious Life for Women: From Enclosure to Immersion

(p.227) 13 Religious Life for Women: From Enclosure to Immersion
From Trent to Vatican II

Doris Gottemoeller

Oxford University Press

The Council of Trent's mandate to women's religious lives consisted of an insistence on the rules of enclosure. The Second Vatican Council mandated religious worship to examine every aspect of women's lives in order to discard outmoded customs and practices in light of the needs of their times. This chapter explores the complexities and results of these two movements for renewal, focusing on the situations prior to the councils, the conciliar mandates, their implementation, and their short- and long-term effects.

Keywords:   religious women, religious life, vocation, enclosure, immersion, Council of Trent, Second Vatican Council

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