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Cross-Generational Abuse

Priests, Parishioners, and the Catholic Church in New Spain

Zeb Tortorici

, withholding absolution as a threat. 3 Furthermore, the fact that Rodríguez was a racially mixed mulatto, and not indigenous—the population for whom bilingual confessional manuals were geared—points to how racialization intersected with other forms of social

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Nicholas L. Syrett

to their congregants, or spiritual children. He also demonstrates that printed confessional manuals were one form of staging this cross-generational abuse, these manuals exhorting priests to solicit ever more specific details about sexual sins, the