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confessor

1. Christianity Chiefly RC Church a priest who hears confessions and sometimes acts as a spiritual counsellor
2. History a person who bears witness to his Christian religious faith by the holiness of his life, esp in resisting threats or danger, but does not suffer martyrdom
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If the book has a weakness, it is that Cornwell in his recitations seems to be falling into the very error that he accuses confessors of: an over-emphasis on the sexual.
At the conclusion of the Pauline year, Pope Benedict proclaimed the Year of the Priest and promised to publish a handbook for confessors and spiritual directors.
I understand that trained people can be spiritual advisers and as such they are not priests or confessors.
Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750.
Confessors, who came from the ranks of the ordained clergy and religious orders, conducted the sacrament, which in addition to hearing the penitent's account of sinfulness, entailed assigning penance, and on judging it completed, pronouncing absolution.
Women, Men, and Spiritual Power provides a well-researched and insightful exploration of the dynamics of authority between female visionaries and their male confessors between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries.
With Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750, Jodi Bilinkoff has made a substantial contribution to the study of early modern Catholicism.
It contains sections describing the bishop, presbyters, deacons, confessors, widows, lectors, virgins, subdeacons, healers, neophyte Christians, and artisans and craftsmen.
Confessors expected listeners to be trustworthy and able to empathize and help them feel accepted.
The book closes with another quotation from the Dominican theologian six years earlier when he was accused by Vraie et fausse Reforme of having influenced various renewal efforts that went astray: "Reading the manifesto of their youth, I fear that they find nothing great in the profound truths which the saints have lived in the church and for which at this very moment confessors are offering without glory before the eyes of men, their health, their liberty, and the very life of the body.
The new design means the confessors and the priest will be seen, but not heard, outside the confessional and by doing so protect the priest and the confessor.
The new design means the confessors and priest will be seen, but not heard, outside the confessional.