The dark box : a secret history of confession /

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Author / Creator:Cornwell, John, 1940-
Imprint:New York, New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014].
Description:xxvii, 288 pages ; 22 cm
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9780465039951 (hbk.)
0465039952 (hbk.)
9780465080496 (ebk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-249) and index.
Summary:Confession is a crucial ritual of the Catholic Church, offering absolution of sin and spiritual guidance to the faithful. Yet this ancient sacrament has also been a source of controversy and oppression, culminating, as prize-winning historian John Cornwell reveals in The Dark Box, with the scandal of clerical child abuse. Drawing on extensive historical sources, contemporary reports, and first-hand accounts, Cornwell takes a hard look at the long evolution of confession.