The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession (Hardback)John Cornwell (author)
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Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm
The Dark Box is a major contribution to the Catholic church's examination of conscience about the roots and circumstances of sexual abuse. -- Eamon Duffy * The Guardian *
The Dark Box is a heartfelt mixture of history, theology and memoir that feels like one of John Cornwell's most important works. Even Pope Francis could learn something from it. -- Andrew Lynch * Sunday Business Post *
It's a powerful and disturbing addition to the literature on the subject, and lays bare the dysfunctional nature of a church which has still come nowhere near to facing its own self-inflicted demons. * Irish Independent *
Far from being merely a history of the Catholic sacrament of confession, his book is a meticulously researched, carefully wrought and quietly furious anathema upon the Catholic Church as constituted from the Council of Trent in the 16th century up to the present day. -- John Banville * Financial Times *
John Cornwell has genuinely interesting things to say about confession. -- Melanie McDonagh * Evening Standard *
The Dark Box is a powerful, impassioned treatise about the dangers of confession. -- Catheriine Peppinster * The Observer *
I found myself persuaded by his central thesis. The Catholic church has a sex obsession that is powered by enforced celibacy, and this sex obsession sometimes finds a perverse outlet in the dark box of confession. -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
Cornwell is a humane man with a sharp intellect. -- Christopher Howse * The Telegraph *
John Cornwell, who has himself chosen cautiously to return to the Church which did him some very bad turns in his youth, has much to tell it, as it seeks to find a new way forward. -- Diarmaid Macculloch * Literary Review *
The Dark Box is a book that anyone concerned with the future of the Catholic Church should take very seriously. -- Peter Marshall * TLS *
Deeply felt, important and powerfully expressed. -- Frank Cottrell Boyce * New Statesman *
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