Lecture Description

The practice of confession would seem at first glance to be the most private of all Catholic practices, and therefore inaccessible to historical study and perhaps also irrelevant to history. But this overlooks the powerful formative effect confession had on young Catholics throughout the 20th century, when regular confession became more common and expected, who grew up to be American citizens. Beyond the deep impress of the practice on Catholic values, confession contributed fundamentally to how Catholics in the US lived in the world, how they inhabited their bodies, lived their consciences, and understood themselves as persons. This lecturer considers confession in the modern history of US Catholicism and its place in American history more broadly.


Childhood and Youth Religion

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