Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Das Konzil Von Trient Und Die Katholische Konfessionskultur (1563-2013). Wissenschaftliches Symposium Aus Anlass Des 450. Jahrestages Des Abschlusses Des Konzils Von Trient, Freiburg I. Br. 18.-21. September 2013

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Das Konzil Von Trient Und Die Katholische Konfessionskultur (1563-2013). Wissenschaftliches Symposium Aus Anlass Des 450. Jahrestages Des Abschlusses Des Konzils Von Trient, Freiburg I. Br. 18.-21. September 2013

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Das Konzil von Trient und die katholische Konfessionskultur (1563-2013). Wissenschaftliches Symposium aus Anlass des 450. Jahrestages des Abschlusses des Konzils von Trient, Freiburg i. Br. 18.-21. September 2013. Edited by Peter Walter and Günther Wassilowsky. [Reformationsgeschichtliche Studien und Texte, Band 163.] (Münster: Aschendorff Verlag. 2016. Pp. x, 569. €69,00. ISBN 978-3402-11587-9.)

This volume assembles over twenty contributions by German, Italian, Belgian, and Dutch historians to a conference held in 2013 in Freiburg im Breisgau in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the closure of the Council of Trent. It investigates Trent as a "theological event" (part II) and as a lieu de mémoire (part I). It explores the latter before it gets down to the former, thus highlighting how different understandings of the event have always depended on the viewpoint and intention of the beholder. The emphasis and novelty of the volume lies in its attention to the changing significance of the council for ecclesiology, liturgy, theology, and pastoral care within a long-term process that shaped a new Catholic confessional culture over the past four centuries.

In many ways the volume itself may be seen as an expression of (German) Catholic culture as it stands today. It includes the homily by the archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch, (pp. 31-36) that opened the conference in 2013, an essay by the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch (pp. 37-49) on Trent's importance for the current ecumenical dialogue, as well as a fully-fledged scholastic disputatio (pp. 487-518) between the eminent historians and antagonists Wolfgang Reinhard and Peter Hersche over the latter's concept of "Baroque Catholicism," which, as Hersche contends, was essentially anti-modern and has since in spats and intervals reversed anything that might have been modern about the allegedly austere Tridentine spirit. Hersche's fiddly periodization, attributing something "frühaufklärerisches" to the humanist-inspired Catholic reform movement, which, as he posits, by 1600 was smothered by the delaying and reactionary "anti-aufklärerisch" Baroque so that proper, modernizing reform only came about with the Catholic Enlightenment ca 1750 soon to be superseded again by Neo-Baroque in the nineteenth century (pp. …

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