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Names: Hahn, Judith, 1978- editor. | Werner, G. (Gunda), editor.

Title: Mercy and justice : a challenge for contemporary theology / edited by Judith Hahn and Gunda Werner.

Description: Leiden, The Netherlands : Koninklijke Brill NV, [2020] | Series: Brill's studies in Catholic theology, 2352-5746 ; volume 9 | Includes bibliographical references and index. | Summary: "The term mercy is currently omnipresent in Catholic debates. It dominates at events such as the recent Family Synods and the Jubilee years. At the same time, it poses a significant problem for cases dealing with sexual abuse. Mercy calls to consider an individual's needs and this conflicts with justice necessitating equal treatment for everyone. Mercy applies to the fallible individual deserving of punishment, but who is saved by grace. This is most apparent in the Sacrament of Penance, and other forms of penitence, forgiveness, and reconciliation where mercy both transcends and undermines justice. This problem, widely ignored in church teaching, is addressed by Dirk Ansorge, James Dallen, Judith Hahn, Atria A. Larson, Sandra Lassak, Michael A. Nobel, Rosel Oehmen-Vieregge, Heike Springhart, and Gunda Werner"-- Provided by publisher.

Identifiers: LCCN 2020022382 | ISBN 9789004426856 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004432529 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Penance (Canon law) | Punishment (Canon law) | Penitentials. | Religion and law. | Mercy.

Classification: LCC KBU3090 .M47 2020 | DDC 262.9/44--dc23

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Mercy and Justice

A Challenge for Contemporary Theology

Series:  Brill's Studies in Catholic Theology, Volume: 9


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