Nisi Causa Utili et Necessaria: Catherine of Siena's Dominican Confessors and the Principles of a Licit Pastoral 'Irregularity'
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AbstractThe Dominican Order gradually evolved rules governing contact between a Dominican pastor and a woman penitent. In the context of these rules, the care given to Catherine of Siena as reported by Raymund of Capua and as confirmed in the letters of Catherine herself can only be termed irregular. The paper attempts to identify the principles underlying and legitimating pastoral irregularity.
CitationSweetman, Robert. "Nisi Causa Utili et Necessaria: Catherine of Siena's Dominican Confessors and the Principles of a Licit Pastoral 'Irregularity'." IN Rule Makers and Breakers: Proceedings of a St. Michael's College Symposium (1-2 October 2004), pp. 199-210. Eds. Joseph Goering, Francesco Guardiani, Giulio Silano. New York: LEGAS, 2006.
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