Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Chiese del Sud. Nuove Ricerche per la Storia Religiosa Della Societa Meridionale in ETA Moderna E Contemporanea

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Chiese del Sud. Nuove Ricerche per la Storia Religiosa Della Societa Meridionale in ETA Moderna E Contemporanea

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Chiese del Sud. Nuove ricerche per la storia religiosa della societa meridionale in eta moderna e contemporanea. By Luciano Orabona. [Chiesa e Societa, 1.] (Cassino: Editrice Garigliano. 1998. Pp. 233. 35,000 Italian lire.)

This volume gathers seven essays on topics relating to the history of the Catholic Church and of Catholic spirituality in the sixteenth through twentieth centuries. The geographic focus is on southern Italy, and especially on the area near Caserta, northwest of Naples. Although this is not clearly explained, at least six of the essays were written as journal articles, conference papers, or prefaces to other volumes. The author teaches church history at the University of Cassino, near the region here studied, and he is the director of the series, also published in Cassino, in which the present volume appears. The volume is thus somewhat of a vanity publication, and its broader interest is limited.

The first two essays are centered on two Relationes ad limina, the reports to Rome that were required of bishops after the Council of Trent. These two examples, published here as appendices to the essays, were written by the bishops of Aversa in 1589 and 1600, They, and Orabona's introductory remarks to the texts, reflect the usual concerns of Counter-Reformation prelates for the improvement of church administration and in the quality of the clergy. …

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