Bibliography #5:

   Other Sacraments


 - New Testament
 - Early Christianity
 - Medieval Christianity
 - The Reformation
 - Spirituality & Mysticism
 - Sacraments
 - 20th-Century Theology




#1: Surveys, Intros
#2: Christian Initiation
#3: History of Eucharist
#4: Theology of Eucharist
#5: Other Sacraments
#6: Art & Architecture


 compiled by William Harmless, S.J.

Creighton University 

   1. Penance, Confession & Reconciliation: Introductions & Surveys

   2. Penance, Confession & Reconciliation: History

   3. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Contemporary Issues & Reflections

   4. Anointing of the Sick: Studies

   5. Ordination & Ministry: Introduction & Surveys

   6. Ordination & Ministry: History

   7. Ordination & Ministry: Contemporary Issues & Reflections

   8. Marriage: Introductions & Surveys

   9. Marriage: History

 10. Marriage: Contemporary Issues & Reflections





David Coffey, The Sacrament of Reconciliation, Lex Orandi (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001).

James Dallen, The Reconciling Community: The Rite of Penance, Studies in the Reformed Rites of the Catholic Church, vol. 3 (New York: Pueblo, 1986).

Richard M. Gula, To Walk Together Again: The Sacrament of Reconciliation (New York: Paulist Press, 1984).

Monika K. Hellwig, Sign of Reconciliation and Conversion: The Sacrament of Penance for Our Time (Wilmington: Michael Glazier, 1982).

Annemarie S. Kidder, Making Confession, Hearing Confession: A History of the Cure of Souls (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2010).

Lawrence E. Mick, Penance: The Once and Future Sacrament (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1987).

Kenan B. Osborne, Reconciliation and Justification: The Sacrament and Its Theology (New York: Paulist Press, 1990).





Marie-François Berrouard, “Pénitence de touse les jours selon saint Augustin,” Lumière et Vie 13, no. 70 (Nov-Dec 1964) 51-74.

Maurice Bévenot, “The Sacrament of Penance and St. Cyprian’s De Lapsis,” Theological Studies 16 (1955) 175-213, reprinted in Everett Ferguson, Christian Life: Ethics, Morality, and Discipline in the Early Church, Studies in Early Christianity 16 (New York: Garland, 1993) 332-356.

Peter Biller & A.J. Minnis, ed., Handling Sin: Confession in the Middle Ages (Woodbridge, Suffolk: York Medieval Press, 1998).

P. de Clerck, “Pénitence seconde et conversion quotidienne aux IIIe et IVe siècles,” Studia Patristica 20 (1989) 352-374.

Joseph Favazza, The Order of Penitents: Historical Roots and Pastoral Future (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1988).

Allan Fitzgerald, Conversion through Penance in the Italian Churches of the Fourth and Fifth Centuries, Studies in Bible and Early Christianity 15 (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1988).

Hubert Jedin, “La necessité de la confession privée selon le concile de Trente,” Maison Dieu 104 (1970) 88-115.

Anne-Marie LaBonnardière, “Pénitence et réconciliation des pénitents d’après saint Augustin,” Revue des Etudes Augustiniennes 13 (1967) 31-53, 249-283; 14 (1968) 181-204.

Atria A. Larson, Master of Penance: Gratian and the Development of Penitential Law in the Twelfth Century (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2014) hardcover, $65. NEW.

John T. McNeill and Helena M. Gamer, Medieval Handbooks of Penance (reprint of 1938 edition: New York: Columbia University Press, 1990).

Karl Rahner, Penance in the Early Church, vol. 15 of Theological Investigations, trans. Lionel Swain (New York: Crossroad, 1982).

Thomas N. Tentler, Sin and Confession on the Eve of the Reformation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977).

Maureen A. Tilley, “Theologies of Penance during the Donatist Controversy,” Studia Patristica 35 (2001) 330-337.

Alexis Torrance, Repentance in Late Antiquity: Eastern Asceticism and the Framing of the Christian Life, c. 400-650 CE, Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) hardcover, $99. NEW.



 3. SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Contemporary Issues & Reflections


Peter E. Fink, ed., Reconciliation, vol. 4 of Alternative Futures for Worship (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1987).

James Lopresti, Penance: A Reform Proposal for the Rite, American Essays in Liturgy 6 (Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1987).

Doris Donnelly, ed., Repentance and Reconciliation in the Church (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1986).

Peter E. Fink, “Reconciliation and Forgiveness: A Theological Reflection,” Reconciliation, vol 4 of  Alternative Futures for Worship  (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1987) 43-72. 

Peter Fink, “Investigating the Sacrament of Penance: An Experiment in Sacramental Theology,” Worship 54 (1980) 206-220; reprinted in Praying the Sacraments (Washington, DC: Pastoral Press, 1991) 95-110.

Robert J. Kennedy, ed., Reconciliation: The Continuing Agenda (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1987).

Beverley A. Nitschke, “Confession and Forgiveness: The Continuing Agenda,” Worship 68 (1994) 353-368.

Frank O’Loughlin, The Future of the Sacrament of Penance (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2009).

Ladislas Orsy, The Evolving Church and the Sacrament of Penance (Denville, NJ: Dimension Books, 1978).

Ladislas Orsy, “General Absolution: New Law, Old Traditions, Some Questions,” Theological Studies 45 (1984) 676-689.

Karl Rahner, “Forgotten Truths Concerning the Sacrament of Penance” Theological Investigations, Vol. II: Man in the Church (Baltimore: Helicon Press, 1963) 135-174.

Robert J. Schreiter, The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1998).





Andrew J. Cuschieri, Anointing of the Sick: A Theological and Canonical Study (Lanham: University Press of America, 1993).

James L. Empereur, Prophetic Anointing: God’s Call to the Sick, the Elderly, and the Dying, Message of the Sacraments 7 (Wilmington, Del: Michael Glazier, 1982).

Peter E. Fink, ed., Anointing of the Sick, vol. 7 of Alternative Futures for Worship (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1987).

Genevieve Glen, ed., Recovering the Riches of Anointing: A Study of the Sacrament of the Sick (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002).

Charles W. Gusmer, And You Visited Me: Sacramental Ministry to the Sick and the Dying, Studies in the Reformed Rites of the Catholic Church, vol. 6 (New York: Pueblo, 1984).

John C. Kasza, Understanding Sacramental Healing: Anointing and Viaticum, Hillenbrand Books Studies (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2005).

Lizette Larson-Miller, The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, Lex Orandi (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005).

Bernhard Poschmann, Penance and the Anointing of the Sick (New York: Herder & Herder, 1964).

Eric Rebillard, In Hora Mortis: Evolution de la pastorale chrétienne de la mort aux IVe et Ve siècles (Rome: Ecole Française de Rome, 1994).



 5. ORDINATION & MINISTRY: Introductions & Surveys


Bernard Cooke, Ministry to Word and Sacraments (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1976).

J. Lécuyer, Le sacrament de l’ordination: recherche historique et théologique (Paris: Beauchesne, 1983).

Nathan Mitchell, Mission and Ministry: History and Theology in the Sacrament of Order (Wilmington: Michael Glazier, 1982).

Kenan Osborne, Priesthood: A History of Ordained Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church (New York: Paulist Press, 1988).

Kenan Osborne, The Permanent Diaconate: Its History and Place in the Sacrament of Orders (New York: Paulist Press, 2007).

Susan K. Wood, Sacramental Orders, Lex orandi Series (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000).





Raymond Brown, Priest and Bishop: Biblical Reflections (New York: Paulist Press, 1971).

Raymond Brown, “Episkope and Episkopos: The New Testament Evidence,” Theological Studies 41 (1980).

Paul F. Bradshaw, Ordination Rites of the Ancient Churches of East and West (New York: Pueblo, 1990).

Paul F. Bradshaw, “The Participation of Other Bishops in the Ordination of a Bishop in the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus,” Studia Patristica 18 (1989) 335-338.

Paul F. Bradshaw, Liturgical Presidency in the Early Church, Grove Liturgical Study 36 (1983).

Paul F. Bradshaw, Rites of Ordination: Their History and Theology (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2013) paperback, $30.

H. von Campenhausen, Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power in the Church of the First Three Centuries (Stanford University, 1969).

Thomas K. Carroll, ed., Preaching the Word, Message of the Fathers 11 (Wilmington, Del.: Michael Glazier, 1984).

Robert B. Eno, Teaching Authority in the Early Church, Message of the Fathers of the Church 14 (Wilmington, Del: Michael Glazier, 1984).

Everett Ferguson, ed., Church, Ministry, and Organisation  in the Early Church, Studies in Early Christianity 13 (New York: Garland, 1993).

E. Jay, “From Presbyter-Bishops to Bishops and Presbyters: Christian Ministry in the Second Century,” Second Century 1 (1981) 125-162.

Joseph T. Leinhard, Ministry, Message of the Fathers 8 (Wilmington, Del: Michael Glazier, 1984).

Helen Parish, Clerical Celibacy in the West: c. 1100-1700, Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700 (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010).

J.M.R. Tillard, “The Apostolic Foundations of Christian Ministry,” Worship 63 (1989) 290-300.

Cipriano Vagaggini, Ordination of Women to the Diaconate in the Eastern Churches: Essays, ed. Phyllis Zagano (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014) paperback, $10. NEW.



 7. ORDINATION & MINISTRY: Contemporary Issues & Reflections


Michael A. Cowan, ed., Leadership Ministry in Community, vol. 6 of Alternative Futures for Worship (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1987).

Donald B. Cozzens, The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A Reflection on the Priest’s Crisis of Soul (Collegeville, MN: 2000).

Michael G. Lawler, A Theology of Ministry (Kansas City: Sheed & Ward, 1990).

Karl Rahner, “Women and the Priesthood,” Concern for the Church (New York: Crossroad, 1981) 35-74.

Edward Schillebeeckx, The Church With a Human Face: A New and Expanded Theology of Ministry (New York: Crossroad, 1985).



 8. MARRIAGE: Introductions & Surveys


Walter Kasper, Theology of Christian Marriage, trans. David Smith (New York: Seabury Press, 1980).

Michael G. Lawler, Marriage and Sacrament: A Theology of Christian Marriage (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993).

Kenneth W. Stevenson, To Join Together: The Rite of Marriage (New York: Pueblo, 1987).



 9. MARRIAGE: History of the Sacrament


Marie-Francois Berrouard, “Saint Augustin et l’indissolubilité du mariage.  Evolution de sa pensée,” Recherches augustiniennes 5 (1968) 139-155.

Elizabeth Clark, ed., St. Augustine on Marriage and Sexuality (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1996).

Elizabeth Clark, “Augustine and the Debate on Marriage,” Recherches augustiniennes 21 (1986) 139-162.

David G. Hunter, ed., Marriage in the Early Church (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1992).

David G. Hunter, “Augustinian Pessimism?  A New Look at Augustine’s Teaching on Sex, Marriage, and Celibacy,” Augustinian Studies 25 (1994) 153-177.

Philip Lyndon Reynolds, Marriage in the Western Church: The Christianization of Marriage During the Patristic and Early Medieval Periods (Leiden: Brill, 2002).

J. Paul Sampley, ‘And the Two Shall Become One Flesh’: A Study of Traditions in Ephesians 5:21-23 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971).

Kenneth Stevenson, Nuptial Blessing: A Study of Christian Marriage (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985).

O.L. Yarbrough, Not Like the Gentiles: Marriage Rules in the Letters of Paul (Atlanta: Scholar’s Press, 1985).



 10. MARRIAGE: Contemporary  Issues & Reflections


Lisa Sowle Cahill, “Notes on Moral Theology: Marriage: Developments in Catholic Theology and Ethics,” Theological Studies 64 (2003) 78-105.

Bernard Cooke, ed., Marriage, vol. 7 of Alternative Futures for Worship (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1987).

Klaus Demmer & Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn, eds., Christian Marriage Today (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1997)

Michael G. Lawler, Marriage and the Catholic Church: Disputed Questions (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002).

Michael G. Lawler, “Quaestio Disputata: Cohabitation: Past and Present Reality,” Theological Studies 65 (2004) 623-629.

Michael G. Lawler & William P. Roberts, eds., Christian Marriage and Family: Contemporary Theological and Pastoral Perspectives (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1996).

Kieran Scott & Michael Warren, eds., Perspectives on Marriage: A Reader, 2nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).

David Thomas, Christian Marriage: The New Challenge, 2nd ed. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008).



Revised: July 18, 2014

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