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Chapter of Faults
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[German Version]

The expression chapter of faults refers to the monastic practice, in place since early times, of disclosure before the community assembled in the chapter-house of offenses against the outward order of the community, either by confession of the offender or by statement of a third party (possibly after futile attempts at correctio fraterna) and atonement for them through a penance imposed by the superior. Such chapters were held after some fashion in almost every monastery. After Vatican II, the practice was largely discontinued or replaced by other forms o…

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Haering, Stephan, “Chapter of Faults”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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