Volume 3 of Pohle’s work on the sacraments explores the role of the church in the forgiveness of sins, and the relationship between forgiveness and the sacrament of penance. Pohle defends the necessity of confession, and examines the history of the church to defend penance as a sacrament. He argues that penance constitutes a small part of the larger process of being reconciled to God. Although not all theologians agree on the sacrament of penance, all will agree that the church plays a vital role in conveying the assurance of salvation—thus making this work useful for theologians from all traditions.
- Detailed footnotes and bibliographical material
- Contains a detailed topical index
- Title: The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, vol. 3
- Author: Joseph Pohle
- Edition: 2nd
- Publisher: B. Herder
- Publication Date: 1918
- Pages: 270
About Joseph Pohle
Joseph Pohle (1852–1922) studied in Trier, Rome, and was ordained as a priest in 1878. He served as a professor in Baar, Switzerland from 1881 to 1883, as professor at St. Joseph’s College in Leeds, England from 1883 to 1886, and as professor of philosophy in Fulda from 1886 to 1889. In 1889, he moved to America to teach at the newly-founded Catholic University. Pohle returned to Europe in 1894, teaching at Münster and then Breslau, where he served as professor of dogma, and wrote his Dogmatic Theology. He was also a frequent contributor to the Catholic Encyclopedia.