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Confession: Catholics, Repentance, and Forgiveness in America

Patrick W. Carey


Confession is a history of penance as a virtue and a sacrament in the United States from about 1634, the origin of Catholicism in Maryland, to 2015, fifty years after the major theological and disciplinary changes initiated by the Second Vatican Council (1962–65). The history of the Catholic theology and practice of penance is analyzed within the larger context of American Protestant penitential theology and discipline and in connection with divergent interpretations of biblical penitential language (sin, repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation) that Jews, Protestants, Orthodox Christians, and ... More

Keywords: confession, penance, reconciliation, repentance, contrition, forgiveness, absolution, conversion, apologetics, historical development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190889135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190889135.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick W. Carey, author
Professor Emeritus, Marquette