Six Hundred Years of Reform

Six Hundred Years of Reform

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Making use of the only records available - pastoral visits and synodal statutes - the authors introduce fresh evidence and interpretations. They shed new light on the medieval origins of the Catholic Reformation and the nature of the reform movement in the sixteenth century. Their work shows the importance of French bishops in starting the early-modern reform and their subsequent role in preparing the Catholic Church to weather the French Revolution. They also explore both the role of the French monarchy in the creation and collapse of the Catholic Reformation, and the changing attitude of peasants and the proto-proletariat toward official religion.It was composed of an archbishop and the bishops of the dioceses located in his province and became known as a provincial council or synod. ... bishops periodically visited their priests or, more often, called them together to provide them with instruction, fellowship and, when necessary, discipline. The first known true diocesan synod, at least in the western church, was held in Auxerre France in 585.

Title:Six Hundred Years of Reform
Author:J. Michael Hayden, Malcolm R. Greenshields
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 2005-11-28


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