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Claire Panak's Reponse

Questions on "Aquinas, Bonaventure, and Second Graders: The Role of Scholastic Theologians in Modern-Day Sacramental Preparation"

Question #1

If you could highlight just one piece of evidence from your essay (whether it be a passage, primary source, excerpt from a song, or architectural structure) which would you choose and why?  


Though I only cited it once, I would highlight Jennifer Beste’s study on children’s experiences of confession. I found it striking how Beste found little distress in children about guilt and sin, as well as the correlation between valuing the sacrament for its own sake and having positive feelings about their first confession.


 Question #2

What first motivated you to submit to Inventio, and having gone through the process as an author has your perspective on academic writing changed in any way, if so how?


I was motivated to submit to Inventio after I published a shorter piece with a different undergraduate journal. I wanted to try publishing a longer paper. I’ve enjoyed being able to go back to a previous paper and rework it for publication.


Question #3


Throughout your paper you describe confession as the Sacrament of Penance as Bonaventure did but one of your sources says “Sacrament of Reconciliation. Is there any distinction in using Sacrament of Penance instead of Sacrament of Reconciliation?

The Sacrament of Penance goes by many names. At the time when St. Bonaventure was writing, the English translation of the terms used would have most often been Penance, or perhaps Confession. After Vatican II, Reconciliation became a more common term, but both Penance and Reconciliation refer to the same sacrament.