History of Clerical Celibacy in Western Europe to the Council of Trent

History of Clerical Celibacy in Western Europe to the Council of Trent

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...supremacy. Immediately after his election Gregory began the task at which all his predecessors had failedQ He recognized that no new cau one were needed, but rather a vigorous application of the spur to the lagging bishops. Numerous synods were couvoked to act upon the matter of clerical marriage and care was taken that all ecclesiastics should be informed of their decrees.' The canon of 1059 prohibiting attendance at mass when read by a married priest was re-enacted, ' the council of Poitiers threatening the disobedient with excommunication? Gregory appealed to temporal rulers to aid himQ In a letter directed to Rudolph, Duke of Swabia, and Bertolph, Duke of Carinthia, he exhorted and admonished them not to sanction the installation of any married ecclesiastic, and urged them to use force, if necessary, to prevent such men from Ofliciating.' Similar exhortations were addressed to other princes. But the measures to which he next resorted to compel the refractory clergy to obey, made those of the past seem conservativeQ In a letter addressed to the clergy and laymen of Germany, he stated that certain bishops and priests of that country had taken wives, and that all inferior clergy and laymen were released from obedience to such spiritual leaders.' As clerical marriage was general throughout Germany, ' and as ecclesiastical influence and the penalties of the church were then among the most effective restraints upon disorder, this permission gave to the lawless and turbulent elements of the population a most dangerous licenseQ It was a destruction of the most potent force then on the side of legal order, and a dissolution of the ties most venerated by the people of that ageQ It was a violation of the most ancient...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236923138
  • 9781236923134