Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Lettere Di Ernesto Buonaiuti Ad Arturo Carlo Jemolo, 1921-1941

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Lettere Di Ernesto Buonaiuti Ad Arturo Carlo Jemolo, 1921-1941

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Lettere di Ernesto Buonaiuti ad Arturo Carlo Jemolo, 1921-1941. Edited by Carlo Fantappie; introduction by Francesco Margiotta Broglio. [Pubblicazioni degli Archivi di Stato, Fonti, 24.] (Rome: Ministero per i beni culturali e ambientali, Ufficio centrale per i beni archivistici. 1997. Pp. 299.)

The writer of these letters, Ernesto Buonaiuti (1881-1946), was the famous Catholic modernist, priest, and professor of religious history at the University of Rome. The recipient, Jemolo (1891-1981), the distinguished jurist and historian, best known for his Church and State in Italy (1948, abridged 1955, English translation 1960), was unceasingly loyal to Buonaiuti while remaining a practicing Catholic and maintaining a critical distance from the latter's unquenchable modernistic reform optimism. Thus, after a whole series of ecclesiastical suspensions and excommunications, when Buonaiuti was deprived of his university chair on January 1,1932, as a consequence of a special provision of the concordat between the Holy See and Italy in the Lateran Pacts of 1929, Jemolo tried his best to marshal legal arguments to prevent the injustice. The correspondence peters out after this, though not from any detectable chill in the relationship, but rather because Jemolo came to the Roman university in 1933 and they could stay in contact by telephone more easily

The edition, for the most part helpfully and carefully edited, does not change the overall picture of Buona uti's well researched career and history of his conflicts with church authority. To the surprise of this reviewer, at least, it is full of references to professors and chairs of ecclesiastical law Oemolo's specialty). …

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