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Interesting, sometimes shocking
on 23 January 2016
An interesting book on the subject of confession and its growth and subsequent decline in Catholic doctrine and practice, The book is inevitably wider in scope than just confession, tracing the history of the Catholic church over the last half millennium - but confession and its consequences, both intended and unintended are the focal points. Drawing on the author's personal experience as well as extensive research the book makes clear the abuse of the confessional, the focus on sexual matters, and the damage done as a result to many who sought only absolution and peace of mind.
Well written, easy to read, and informative though the content is often shocking. Abuse of confession has done much harm, yes, and that is drawn out clearly here. But confession has given comfort to so many too, and this is not emphasised here enough in my view for a fully balanced picture.
Well worth reading though