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Always Reforming or Always Renewing?

Christopher Bellito writes: Reform in church history has tended to lean more in the direction of going back to or restoring an original form, while renewal has connoted making that original form ‘new and improved.’ [Renewing Christianity: A History of … Continue reading

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Life and Miracles VS. Legal Subtleties

Sometime around the middle of the year of grace 1379, a bit over a year since the election of Pope Urban VI and only a few months after the beginning of the Western Schism, Peter de Luna, soon to become … Continue reading

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When Good Men Lie for a Good Cause?

Alan Glasfurd makes this provocative remark about the conclave which on April 8, 1378 elected Bartholomew Prignano as Pope Urban VI: …As to what happened inside, it is safe to say that no other conclave has been so hotly debated. … Continue reading

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Woe to Babylon!

St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373) wrote the following about the Avignon Papacy and the desolation of Rome: Behold, the clergy break all the Church’s laws. Their cassocks are short, and under the cassocks they have swords and coats of mail. … Continue reading

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Federal Vision Haiku

My wife and I posted these on Doug Wilson’s “Federal Vision Haiku Poetry Contest“: E-judges on bench, Strain at gnats, swallow camels Blogs save Truth again! FV–>Romish–>Bad Smart sem prof said so, so is Who watches watchers? cruel winter blast … Continue reading

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Conciliar Radicalism

Joseph Gill summarizes the trouble with the later phases of the Council of Basel: …The Conciliarists, particularly those of Basel who carried the theory to its utmost limits in order to affirm that a council is by Christ’s ordinance the … Continue reading

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Democracy and Ecclesiology

One problem with some forms of conciliarism, particularly that practiced at the later phases of the Council of Basel, was an excessive capitulation to a prototypical “democratic” polity. One observer of the time, at Basel, put it this way: In … Continue reading

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What if Conciliarism Had Succeeded in Reforming the Church?

Joseph Gill, S.J., perhaps the best historian of the era of the Council of Florence today, writes provocatively: One is tempted to wonder what would have been the effect on history if a real reform had been brought about in … Continue reading

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Petrarch and Roman Pre-Eminence Sine Fine

Petrarch (1304-1374), often called “the father of humanism,” writes the following in his Liber Sine Nomine (or, Book Without A Name): Each body has been given one head. The universe, described by the poet [Vergil] as a great body, ought … Continue reading

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Daddy’s Little Girl, For Sure!

It’s never too early to get them interested in books! In this case, a book about Pope Eugenius IV. I won’t tell you what baby’s opinion of him is. She’ll be be blogging it in oh, about 20 years or … Continue reading

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