China Review International: Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 2007 Nicolas Standaert and Ad Dudink, editors. Forgive Us Our Sins. Confession in Late Ming and Early Qing China. Monumenta Serica Monograph Series 60. Sankt Augustin: Institut Monumenta Serica/ Nettetal: Steyler Verlag, 2006. 268 pp., illustrations. 40.00 Isbn-10 38050 05407, Isbn-13 9783805005401. The 964 pages of the Handbook of Christianity in China, published in 2001 under the editorship of Nicolas Standaert,1 cover almost all aspects of the Catholic mission to Ming and Qing China. One lacuna in an otherwise comprehensive guide is the study of religious rituals, which this present work tries to fill. Under the editorship of Standaert and Dudink of the Catholic University of Leuven, leading scholars in the research on the Jesuit mission to Ming China, this volume includes three studies on the norms and practices of the Catholic sacrament of confession and an annotated source publication of an interesting confessional manual. The first article is also the longest (pp. 9101). In a wide-ranging essay, Eugenio Menegon, who has studied the social and cultural contexts of Catholicism in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Fujian, explores in two parts the Chinese-language normative confessional texts as well as the practice of
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