Sin in the Sixties Hardback
Catholics and Confession 1955-1975
by Maria C. Morrow;
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Sin in the Sixties
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The decline of the sacrament is best seen within the context of the decline of a larger penitential culture among American Catholics, and both are best understood in reference to the changing notion of sin at this time period. Sin became a more abstract, general concept, contrasting sharply with the actual and personal "shopping list" of sins that the faithful had frequently enumerated in earlier decades. Accompanying this change in the perception of sin were criticisms of the practice of penance, and both sacramental and non-sacramental penance were found wanting as both legalistic and superficial. The attempts to revitalize penance through greater choice-whether in the confessional or on Fridays-actually furthered the decline in American penitential practice. For some, penitential practices are the buried treasure of the church that await rediscovery. For others, they were experiences that had to be endured and that are best forgotten. Morrow, in a thoughtful, even-handed way, traces how the perception and emphasis changed during this critical and controversial time in the church's history.
Sin in the Sixties by Maria C. Morrow was published by The Catholic University of America Press in November 2016. The ISBN for Sin in the Sixties is 9780813228983.
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|Page last updated||25th February 2017|
|Author / Artist||Maria C. Morrow|
|Publisher||The Catholic University of America Press (November 2016)|
|Number of Pages||288|