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Monastic Confession
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In the Early Church, monastic confession in the narrow sense denoted a strict unburdening of monks' or nuns' consciences before their spiritual father or mother. In a wider sense the term monastic confession can still refer to the living tradition in religious communities of experiencing and considering the salutary effect of publicly admitted guilt. The tradition of monastic confession emphasizes the therapeutic and pedagogical aspect of Christian penance. The theological ideas of Clement of Alexandria and Origen, who emphasized in their writings the …

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Sattler, Dorothea, “Monastic Confession”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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