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  •  Think a minute about how effective confession (10+ / 0-)

    is in small towns or small communities within a larger urban areas.

    The Priest knows all your dirty secrets, because if you don't tell them to him you go to hell.

    So the coercive power that the Catholic priesthood had over their congregation was massive. They could threaten and blackmail the bejesus out of people and the people were helpless against it.

    What other bureaucratic reason would there be for such an intrusion in people's private acts and even thoughts.  It doesn't seem to have stopped sinning to any extent.  
    But it probably did and may still keep people subservient and generous in their gifts and donations.

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