32)) As a general posture, however, the skepticism of the literary approach is based, I believe, too much on the examples of confessants who exhibit what Martin Luther referred to as obsessive scrupulosity.
Coetzee remarks: "[W]hatever authority a confession bears in a secular context derives from the status of the confessant as a hero in a labyrinth willing to confront the worst within himself.
Confessants and confessors alike appear to be entangled and enveloped in a web of power relations from which there is no chance of escape.
In addition, although Foucault characterizes his confessants as a universal type, the preponderance of masculine pronouns in his description is no accident.
Recognizing that it is impossible to settle all moral questions once and for all in theory, moral theologians such as Lessius set out to dam the flood of scruples by providing confessants
at least with a minimal degree of practical certainty.
The term "penitents" refers to any person making confession to a priest in the course of the practice of the Catholic Christian faith, although as the subtitle indicates, Bilinkoff delimits her study to women confessants
5) Foucault's interpretation of confession is nevertheless historically tendentious because it neither attends to pre-Lateran confessional practices nor acknowledges the reality that most medieval and early modern Christians made poor confessants.
In this transition from confessor to confessant, Hamlet gestures at the possibility of explaining his part in "this chance" and "this act," but this revelation remains deferred and unresolved (5.
Written in the 1870s at a time that witnessed the intensification of the debate concerning auricular confession, O Crime do Padre Amaro focuses on the power conferred upon the confessor in relation to female confessants.
These characteristics are borne out in the novel by the factors determining the beatas' choice of confessors, as illustrated by the burping, vulgar, insensitive Father Jose Migueis who loses most of his confessants to his antipode, 'o polido padre Gusmao, tao cheio de labia' (p.
ability of both the confessant and the confessor has not also been so
a self-reflexive process in which the confessant examines past actions