Confessions of a Wayward Catholic

Confessions of a Wayward Catholic is a humorous yet insightful account of Frank Scoblete's years from kindergarten through grandparenthood as a confused, ...

Author: Frank Scoblete

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781491824269

Category: Humor

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Confessions of a Wayward Catholic is a hilarious yet insightful account of Frank Scoblete's years from kindergarten through grandparenthood as a confused, wayward, seemingly ever-sinning Catholic. Join Frank for a possibly hell-bound ride as he attempts to understand what God and religion are all about. Will Frank reach the pearly gates or be banished to eternal damnation? "I love my husband but there is stuff in this book that is disgraceful and should never have been written!" - Alene Scoblete, wife "Francis Scoblete has been a major sinner ever since he came to elementary school. I watched him closely at the dances." - Sister Jerome Blake, in charge of making sure girls and boys slow danced a foot apart. "I don't know why Jewish kids went to a Catholic school but I'm proud they did well in religion." - Chief Rabbi Sol Bernstein "I believe that you should love your neighbor as yourself. Luckily, Frank lives in another town and is not my neighbor." - Jesus Christ "Scoblete says I have no sense of humor. I will afflict him with boils and sores over his whole body, just like I did Job." - God "Frank Scoblete has been wayward for over six decades. He's my main man!" - Satan
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Confessions of a Wayward Catholic

Will Frank reach the pearly gates or be banished to eternal damnation? "I love my husband but there is stuff in this book that is disgraceful and should never have been written!

Author: Frank Scoblete

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781491824283

Category: Humor

Page: 216

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Confessions of a Wayward Catholic is a hilarious yet insightful account of Frank Scoblete's years from kindergarten through grandparenthood as a confused, wayward, seemingly ever-sinning Catholic. Join Frank for a possibly hell-bound ride as he attempts to understand what God and religion are all about. Will Frank reach the pearly gates or be banished to eternal damnation? "I love my husband but there is stuff in this book that is disgraceful and should never have been written!" - Alene Scoblete, wife "Francis Scoblete has been a major sinner ever since he came to elementary school. I watched him closely at the dances." - Sister Jerome Blake, in charge of making sure girls and boys slow danced a foot apart. "I don't know why Jewish kids went to a Catholic school but I'm proud they did well in religion." - Chief Rabbi Sol Bernstein "I believe that you should love your neighbor as yourself. Luckily, Frank lives in another town and is not my neighbor." - Jesus Christ "Scoblete says I have no sense of humor. I will afflict him with boils and sores over his whole body, just like I did Job." - God "Frank Scoblete has been wayward for over six decades. He's my main man!" - Satan
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Celibrate Lovers

Mike and Jean found one another in the most unorthodox way. Mike was a Roman Catholic priest, who struggled with his vow of chastity but wanted to remain in the priesthood.

Author: Jean Conley

Publisher: Llumina Press

ISBN: 1605943215

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Mike and Jean found one another in the most unorthodox way. Mike was a Roman Catholic priest, who struggled with his vow of chastity but wanted to remain in the priesthood. Jean was a widow, who was a Catholic intent on obeying the laws of the Church. After much soul searching between each other and discussion within their spiritual support group, they entered into a celibate love relationship publicly. Mike had his first sexual experience not very long after his ordination, when he got involved with a married woman, ten years older than himself. Once he experienced the ecstasy of being with a woman, there was no turning back, nor could he bring himself to give up his vocation. He continued to be sexually involved throughout his priesthood, that is, until he met Jean. He was looking for a way to be true to his vows, but also have his needs met to love and be loved. Jean was a strong, virtuous woman, who had always lived on the straight and narrow and seemed to be just the right companion for this intention. Mike Conley received a Master of Science in chemistry and a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He was a Roman Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross for twenty-one years and has taught high school science in parochial and public schools. Jean Conley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human behavior and a Master of Theology in contemporary Christianity. She has had life coach training and authored a book on the subject of self-image, entitled Coach Your Way to a Great Self-Image. Mike and Jean reside in La Quinta, California, where they are administrators of an online university that offers ministerial and theological degrees. They have been married for over twenty years and continue to have a passionate love relationship.
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Celibate Lovers

Mike and Jean found one another in the most unorthodox way. Mike was a Roman Catholic priest, who struggled with his vow of chastity but wanted to remain in the priesthood.

Author: Jean Conley

Publisher: Llumina Press

ISBN: 1605943207

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Page: 138

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Mike and Jean found one another in the most unorthodox way. Mike was a Roman Catholic priest, who struggled with his vow of chastity but wanted to remain in the priesthood. Jean was a widow, who was a Catholic intent on obeying the laws of the Church. After much soul searching between each other and discussion within their spiritual support group, they entered into a celibate love relationship publicly. Mike had his first sexual experience not very long after his ordination, when he got involved with a married woman, ten years older than himself. Once he experienced the ecstasy of being with a woman, there was no turning back, nor could he bring himself to give up his vocation. He continued to be sexually involved throughout his priesthood, that is, until he met Jean. He was looking for a way to be true to his vows, but also have his needs met to love and be loved. Jean was a strong, virtuous woman, who had always lived on the straight and narrow and seemed to be just the right companion for this intention. Mike Conley received a Master of Science in chemistry and a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He was a Roman Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross for twenty-one years and has taught high school science in parochial and public schools. Jean Conley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human behavior and a Master of Theology in contemporary Christianity. She has had life coach training and authored a book on the subject of self-image, entitled Coach Your Way to a Great Self-Image. Mike and Jean reside in La Quinta, California, where they are administrators of an online university that offers ministerial and theological degrees. They have been married for over twenty years and continue to have a passionate love relationship.
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I Am a Dice Controller

My wife threatened to divorce me because of a chapter about farts I wrote for my book Confessions of a Wayward Catholic. “The plan is this,” I said.

Author: Frank Scoblete

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 9781633191822

Category: Games

Page: 256

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Dice control. The only way to beat the casinos at craps! Frank Scoblete reveals his secrets and takes you step-by-step through his dice control techniques: sets, stance, grip, throw, arc, backspin, landing, proper betting, and the 5-Count. Additionally, Frank exposes the good, the bad, and the ugly betrayals he experienced in 25 years playing with the world's greatest dice controllers. Join the legendary Captain, the father of dice control. Marvel at the greatest dice controller of all time, the woman known as "The Arm" in the roaring days of Atlantic City! Meet today's dice control stars: the Dominator, Jerry "Stickman," Chris "Sharpshooter" Pawlicki, Howard "Rock 'n' Roller," Bill "Ace-10" Burton, Bob "Mr. Finesse," John "Skinny," [email protected], Billy "the Kid," Daryl "No Field Five," Arman "Pit Boss," Mark "Dice Pilot," Randy "Randman," and Tim "Timmer." Learn about PARR, the first dice control class created by controversial author Jerry Patterson. Enter the famous Golden Touch dice control school. Meet the great dice control teams: the Captain's Crew, the Lee Brothers, the Five Horsemen, and the tag teams of Marilyn "the Goddess" and Charlie "Sandtrap;" Heavenly Kitten and Star Shine; Pat "Dr. Crapology" and Janis "Alligator Rose." Meet the crooks, the cheats, the scoundrels, and the screw-ups of the dice-control world. Join Frank on his adventures inside the exclusive world of elite dice controllers.
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Light Reading for Good Wayward Catholics

“I've been thinking,” I said, “that few of us Catholics still realize the importance of the Sacrament of Confession.” “You mean Reconciliation.” “Whatever.

Author: Armiger Jagoe

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595476596

Category: Humor

Page: 96

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The purpose of this book is to remind us Catholics to enjoy our religion. For others, it is an invitation to the feast.
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Barack Obama s America

To reach out to those who had not gone to confession in years, Wuerl took to the airwaves to beckon wayward Catholics to come back to their local churches ...

Author: John Kenneth White

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472021796

Category: Political Science

Page: 305

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"White's Barack Obama's America eloquently captures both the important nuances of the current political scene and its long-term consequences." ---Richard Wirthlin, former pollster for Ronald Reagan "This delightfully written and accessible book is the best available account of the changes in culture, society, and politics that have given us Barack Obama's America." ---Stan Greenberg, pollster for Bill Clinton and Chairman and CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research "From one of the nation's foremost experts on how values shape our politics, a clear and compelling account of the dramatic shifts in social attitudes that are transforming American political culture. White's masterful blend of narrative and data illuminates the arc of electoral history from Reagan to Obama, making a powerful case for why we are entering a new progressive political era." ---Matthew R. Kerbel, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University, and author of Netroots "John Kenneth White is bold. He asks the big questions . . . Who are we? What do we claim to believe? How do we actually live? What are our politics? John Kenneth White writes compellingly about religion and the role it played in making Barack Obama president. White's keen insight into America's many faiths clarifies why Barack Obama succeeded against all odds. It is a fascinating description of religion and politics in twenty-first-century America---a must-read." ---Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and author of Failing America's Faithful "In Barack Obama's America, John Kenneth White has written the political equivalent of Baedeker or Michelin, the definitive guide to and through the new, uncharted political landscape of our world. White captures and explains what America means---and what it means to be an American---in the twenty-first century." ---Mark Shields, nationally syndicated columnist and political commentator for PBS NewsHour "John White has always caught important trends in American politics that others missed. With his shrewd analysis of why Barack Obama won, he's done it again." ---E. J. Dionne, Jr., Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University The election of Barack Obama to the presidency marks a conclusive end to the Reagan era, writes John Kenneth White in Barack Obama's America. Reagan symbolized a 1950s and 1960s America, largely white and suburban, with married couples and kids at home, who attended church more often than not. Obama's election marks a new era, the author writes. Whites will be a minority by 2042. Marriage is at an all-time low. Cohabitation has increased from a half-million couples in 1960 to more than 5 million in 2000 to even more this year. Gay marriages and civil unions are redefining what it means to be a family. And organized religions are suffering, even as Americans continue to think of themselves as a religious people. Obama's inauguration was a defining moment in the political destiny of this country, based largely on demographic shifts, as described in Barack Obama's America. John Kenneth White is Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Cover image: "Out of many, we are one: Dare to Hope: Faces from 2008 Obama Rallies" by Anne C. Savage, view and buy full image at http://revolutionaryviews.com/obama_poster.html.
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The Wayward Flock

Catholic Youth in Postwar West Germany, 1945-1965 Mark Edward Ruff ... chose to reside in regions where their own confession was already in the majority.

Author: Mark Edward Ruff

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469620312

Category: History

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In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the western and southern regions of Germany were home to intensely devout Roman Catholic communities. By the late 1950s, however, this Catholic subculture could not withstand the onslaught of a culture of consumption--motorcycles, Hollywood films, and vacations abroad. In The Wayward Flock, Mark Edward Ruff analyzes why the strategy of using modern means to fight modern society--which had worked so successfully from the 1870s to the 1920s--did not succeed in the postwar era. Ruff examines the vast network of Catholic youth organizations in West Germany that had traditionally served as a source for future youth leaders and a means by which the church could resist the changes of modern society. But organization membership dwindled from nearly 1.5 million in the 1920s to 600,000 by the early 1960s, due in large part, Ruff argues, to generational differences, an emerging ethic of consumption, and changes in West Germany's political makeup. Ultimately, Ruff demonstrates, church leaders were unable to provide viable alternatives to the antimodern and antiliberal ideologies of the past.
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Zen Confidential

A screenwriter and stand-up comic’s hilarious and profound account of his journey into Zen monkhood—featuring a foreword by Leonard Cohen Shozan Jack Haubner is the David Sedaris of Zen Buddhism: a brilliant humorist and analyst of ...

Author: Shozan Jack Haubner

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834829053

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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These hilarious essays on life inside and outside a Zen monastery make up the spiritual memoir of Shozan Jack Haubner, a Zen monk who didn’t really start out to be one. Raised in a conservative Catholic family, Shozan went on to study philosophy (becoming de-Catholicized in the process) and to pursue a career as a screenwriter and stand-up comic in the clubs of L.A. How he went from life in the fast lane to life on the stationary meditation cushion is the subject of this laugh-out-loud funny account of his experiences. Whether he’s dealing with the pranks of a juvenile delinquent assistant in the monastery kitchen or defending himself against claims that he appeared in a porno movie under the name "Daniel Reed" (he didn’t, really) or being surprised in the midst of it all by the compassion he experiences in the presence of his teacher, Haubner’s voice is one you'll be compelled to listen to. Not only because it’s highly entertaining, but because of its remarkable insight into the human condition.
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Between Popes Inquisitors and Princes

... had used confession to elicit profound spiritual conversions, both within himself and amongst wayward Catholics.10 When the Jesuits began their official ...

Author: Jessica M. Dalton

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004413832

Category: Religion

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In Between Popes, Inquisitors and Princes Jessica Dalton re-examines the contribution of the first Jesuits in efforts to stem heresy in early modern Italy, exploring its impact on their relationship with the papacy, Roman Inquisition and secular princes.
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The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint

The act of confession conjures up shadowed figures and whispered words hinting of inner ... In Catholicism, confession was one of the seven sacraments, ...

Author: Mita Choudhury

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271077017

Category: History

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This microhistory investigates the famous and scandalous 1731 trial in which Catherine Cadière, a young woman in the south of France, accused her Jesuit confessor, Jean-Baptiste Girard, of seduction, heresy, abortion, and bewitchment. Generally considered to be the last witchcraft trial in early modern France, the Cadière affair was central to the volatile politics of 1730s France, a time when magistrates and lawyers were seeking to contain clerical power. Mita Choudhury’s examination of the trial sheds light on two important phenomena with broad historical implications: the questioning of traditional authority and the growing disquiet about the role of the sacred and divine in French society. Both contributed to the French people’s ever-increasing disenchantment with the church and the king. Choudhury builds her story through an extensive examination of archival material, including trial records, pamphlets, periodicals, and unpublished correspondence from witnesses. The Wanton Jesuit and the Wayward Saint offers new insights into how the eighteenth-century public interpreted the accusations and why the case consumed the public for years, developing from a local sex scandal to a referendum on religious authority and its place in French society and politics.
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Confession and Community in Seventeenth Century France

Catholic and Protestant Coexistence in Aquitaine Gregory Hanlon ... the " paterfamilias ” to answer for the wayward behavior of their wives and offspring .

Author: Gregory Hanlon

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512802252

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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Examines the tolerance between Catholics and Protestants in a period when vicious sectarian strife was the rule of the day. Tolerance here means more than mere coexistence but a daily interaction between people without regard for their faith.
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Selections from Confessions and Other Essential Writings

... they insisted on rebaptizing anyone who had been baptized by a wayward cleric. ... Augustine is trying to determine if Maximinus rebaptized a Catholic ...

Author: Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.)

Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing

ISBN: 9781594732829

Category: Religion

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The restless heart and searching mind of this influential early church father can offer spiritual and intellectual companionship for your spiritual journey. Augustine of Hippo (354 430), theologian, priest, and bishop, is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. He is known as much for his long interior struggle that ended with conversion and baptism at age thirty-two as for his influential teachings on human will, original sin and the theology of just war. Cherished as a model for the pursuit of a life of spiritual grace and criticized for his theory of predestination, Augustine is recognized as a living expression of the passion to understand and communicate the deeper meanings of human experience. With fresh translations drawn from Augustine's voluminous writings and probing facing-page commentary, Augustinian scholar Joseph T. Kelley, PhD, provides insight into the mind and heart of this foundational Christian figure. Kelley illustrates how Augustine s keen intellect, rhetorical skill and passionate faith reshaped the theological language and dogmatic debates of early Christianity. He explores the stormy religious arguments and political upheavals of the fifth century, Augustine s controversial teachings on predestination, sexuality and marriage, and the deep undercurrents of Augustine s spiritual quest that still inspire Christians today."
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Zen Confidential

Confessions of a Wayward Monk Shozan Jack Haubner. suffering is lies, a complex network ... I started out Catholic, I'll have you know. For so many of us, ...

Author: Shozan Jack Haubner

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781611800333

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 269

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Essays relate how the author, who was raised in a convervative Catholic family, went on to study philosophy and become a monk, chronicling his humorous and unconventional experiences in a Zen monastery.
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50 Plus One Great Books You Should Have Read and Probably Didn t

The Works Confessions St. Augustine is one of the four great fathers of the Roman Catholic Church; the others are Ambrose, Jerome, and Gregory the Great.

Author: George Walsh

Publisher: Encouragement Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781933766089

Category: Literary Criticism

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50 plus one Greatest Books You Should Have Read is a masterpiece of information for educated individuals who want to expand their horizons or simply impress friends at a cocktail party. George Walsh and his advisory panel looked through the world's literature to find those books, both fiction and non-fiction, which have the greatest impact on writing, government, international politics, religion, the arts and sciences. The list is international in scope and spans the centuries, from Plato's Republic to Dickens' Great Expectations; this is a stellar resentation, which will round out any education. You have the advantage of not only learning about the authors and the books themselves, but will gain specific commentary on why each title is so important and how its impact had national and international implications. Many of the books chosen for this list have survived centuries and are considered essential for a liberal education.
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Sexuality in the Confessional

Haliczer relates the stories of these priests as well as their penitents, using the evidence left by Inquisition trials to vividly depict sexual misconduct, during and after confession, and the punishments wayward priests were forced to ...

Author: Stephen Haliczer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195357175

Category: History

Page: 280

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In Sexuality in the Confessional: A Sacrament Profaned, Stephen Haliczer places the current debate on sex, celibacy, and the Catholic Church in a historical context by drawing upon a wealth of actual case studies and trial evidence to document how, from 1530 to 1819, sexual transgression attended the heightened significance of the Sacrament of Penance. Attempting to reassert its moral and social control over the faithful, the Counter-Reformation Church underscored the importance of communion and confession. Priests were asked to be both exemplars of celibacy and "doctors of souls," and the Spanish Inquisition was there to punish transgressors. Haliczer relates the stories of these priests as well as their penitents, using the evidence left by Inquisition trials to vividly depict sexual misconduct, during and after confession, and the punishments wayward priests were forced to undergo. In the process, he sheds new light on the Church of the period, the repressed lives of priests, and the lives of their congregations; coming to a conclusion as startling as it is timely. Based on an exhaustive investigation of Inquisition cases involving soliciting confessors as well as numerous confessors' manuals and other works, Sexuality in the Confessional makes a significant contribution to the history of sexuality, women's history, and the sociology of religion.
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Wayward Christian Soldiers

The Confessions is an exercise in holy listening. The Catholic theologian Romano Guardini once said that Augustine writes out of “amazement over existence.

Author: Charles Marsh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199704583

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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In Wayward Christian Soldiers, leading evangelical theologian Charles Marsh offers a powerful indictment of the political activism of evangelical Christian leaders and churches in the United States. With emphasis on repentance and renewal, this important work advises Christians how to understand past mistakes and to avoid making them in the future. Over the past several years, Marsh observes, American evangelicals have achieved more political power than at any time in their history. But access and influence have come at a cost to their witness in the world and the integrity of their message. The author offers a sobering contrast between the contemporary evangelical elite, which forms the core of the Republican Party, and the historic Christian tradition of respect for the mystery of God and appreciation for human fallibility. The author shows that the most prominent voices in American evangelicalism have arrogantly redefined Christianity on the basis of partisan politics rather than scripture and tradition. The role of politics in distorting the Christian message can be seen most dramatically in the invasion of Iraq, he argues: Some 87% of American evangelicals supported going to war, while every single evangelical church outside the United States opposed it. The Jesus who storms into Baghdad behind the wheel of a Humvee, Marsh points out, is not the Jesus of the Gospel. Indeed, not since the nazification of the German church under Hitler has the political misuse of Christianity led to such catastrophic global consequences. Is there an alternative? This book proposes that the renewal of American churches requires a season of concentrated attention to faith's essential affirmations--a time of hospitality, peacemaking, and contemplative prayer. Offering an authentic Christian alternative to the narcissistic piety of popular evangelicalism, Wayward Christian Soldiers represents a unique entry into the increasingly pivotal debate over the role of faith in American politics. "With Wayward Christian Soldiers, Charles Marsh again shows that he is one of the most astute observers of evangelicalism today." --Jim Wallis, author of God's Politics
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The Peace of Augsburg and the Meckhart Confession

Catholic communities of Augsburg. For his message to resonate, however, and for it to convince wayward evangelicals to return to the church in the wake of ...

Author: Adam Glen Hough

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429537127

Category: History

Page: 408

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Taking the religiously diverse city of Augsburg as its focus, this book explores the underappreciated role of local clergy in mediating and interpreting the Peace of Augsburg in the decades following its 1555 enactment, focusing on the efforts of the preacher Johann Meckhart and his heirs in blunting the cultural impact of confessional religion. It argues that the real drama of confessionalization was not simply that which played out between princes and theologians, or even, for that matter, between religions; rather, it lay in the daily struggle of clerics in the proverbial trenches of their ministry, who were increasingly pressured to choose for themselves and for their congregations between doctrinal purity and civil peace.
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The Reformation and Rural Society

If Lutheranism were to win souls from Catholicism , it had to discredit the sacraments ... Confession was central to the medieval cycle of worship .

Author: C. Scott Dixon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521893216

Category: History

Page: 244

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An examination of the relationship between the Reformation movement of the sixteenth century and the rural population of Germany.
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