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The Protection Of Privacy: Secrets And Silence

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For moderns, questions about the delineation of the private and the public are often questions about how to balance governmental action and individual liberties. Legal actions shrouded in secrecy become suspect; religious actions are shaped to respect the mysterious nature of the holy. From that tension between legal and religious demands, this chapter proposes, came new understandings of a conceptual space of asylum to be accorded those accused in law, a space of protection, defence, contemplation, and possibly redemption?a space of privacy. ?The bishops? brief ? seems to have been intended to show that the bishops who heard Theutberga?s confession had properly performed their pastoral duties. The integration of secular and religious patterns encompassed a critical conflict of rationales, especially with respect to the privacy of the content, the permissibility of coercion, and the intended result of the process.

Keywords: pastoral duties; religious patterns; Theutberga's confession



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