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CONFESSOR, evid. A priest of some Christian sect, who receives an account of the sins of his people, and undertakes to give them absolution of their sins.
     2. The general rule on the subject of giving evidence of confidential communications is, that the privilege is confined to counsel, solicitors, and attorneys, and the interpreter between the counsel and the client. Vide Confidential Communications. Contrary to this general rule, it has been decided in New York, that a priest of the Roman Catholic denomination could not be compelled to divulge secrets which he had received in auricular confession. 2 City Hall Rec. 80, n.; Joy on Conf. Sec. 4, p. 49. See Bouv. Inst. n. 3174 and note.

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When the confessor becomes aware of the presence of genuine spiritual disturbances 6 that may be in large part psychic, and therefore must be confirmed by means of healthy collaboration with the human sciences 6 he must not hesitate to refer the issue to those who, in the diocese, are charged with this delicate and necessary ministry, namely, exorcists.
Lawrence Abello was one of the spiritual guides and confessors, homilist and consultant.
This tale presents a physically, morally, and spiritually strong heroine who reads the Bible independently and who successfully acts as a confessor.
In this original and provocative study, Bilinkoff raises interesting questions about the relationships that emerged from the confessional between the female penitent in search of salvation and her male confessors who listened and assigned penances.
Certainly some confessors had personal ambitions, whether to demonstrate their prowess in spiritual direction or to claim enlightenment acquired in the company of a spiritually gifted penitent.
His evidence suggests that the relationship between these mystics and their confessors do not yet reflect a system of discrete, separate spheres of power, for Ekbert controlled who had access to Elizabeth's visions, and Guibert--though Hildegard resisted this characterization--framed Hildegard's visions as a part of her monastic calling, shared by himself and, indeed, all religious.
Confessors used these texts to glorify their cities and their religious orders.
The author argues that individuals who hear confession often overgeneralize the concepts of sin and guilt and suggests that they attend more closely to the psychological experience of confessors.
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.