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The Sacrament of Confession as a "Sequela Christi" in the Writings of A. von Speyr

by William Schmitt

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Institution: Pontifical Lateran University
Advisor(s): Jacques Servais, S.J.
Degree: Theology
Year: 1999
Volume: 289 pages
ISBN-10: 1581121385
ISBN-13: 9781581121384


Adrienne von Speyr in her book "Confession" and throughout her writings speaks of the "confession" of Jesus Christ. This is a startling use of the term because Christ never sinned. The author examines all the writings of von Speyr in the light of Roman Catholic soteriology and sacramental theology and in view of the influences that existed between her and Hans Urs von Balthasar. The author then shows how the theme of confession is central to von Speyr's writing, aids in illuminating her theology of Holy Saturday and the Paschal Mystery, and serves as the basis for the renewal of the sacrament of confession.