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Religious Life for Women: From Enclosure to Immersion

Doris Gottemoeller

in From Trent to Vatican II

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178067
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178068.003.0013
 Religious Life for Women: From Enclosure to Immersion

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The Council of Trent's mandate to women's religious lives consisted of an insistence on the rules of enclosure. The Second Vatican Council mandated religious worship to examine every aspect of women's lives in order to discard outmoded customs and practices in light of the needs of their times. This chapter explores the complexities and results of these two movements for renewal, focusing on the situations prior to the councils, the conciliar mandates, their implementation, and their short- and long-term effects.

Keywords: religious women; religious life; vocation; enclosure; immersion; Council of Trent; Second Vatican Council

Chapter.  6326 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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