By Michael Printy

This booklet tells the tale of the way eighteenth-century German Catholics rethought the Church. proficient German Catholics estimated a Church that might solidify the hyperlink among faith, civilization, and morality. the 1st account of the German Catholic Enlightenment, this e-book explores the ways that eighteenth-century Germans reconceived the connection among faith, society, and the country. looking a stability among Germany and Rome, Catholic reformers wanted a countrywide Church that may take pleasure in a wide degree of autonomy yet may nonetheless be in communion with the common Church. In attempting to reform the Church, knowledgeable Catholics within the Holy Roman Empire wondered not just what it intended to be Catholic, but in addition what it intended to be German. within the technique, they created German Catholicism. Arguing that German confessional identities have been recast within the eighteenth century, this booklet forces a revision of our knowing of the German Enlightenment and its position in glossy German historical past.

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On the significance of the term, see Wiel, History of Canon Law. Van Espen, JEU, v. Van Espen, JEU, vi. In the second section of the preface, Van Espen addressed the question of what use was to be made of the early discipline of the church. He did not intend to restore the earlier discipline, but rather thought that it could serve to illuminate present practice and also to correct it when present practice was based on misinterpretation of earlier rules. JEU, vi. 34 Enlightenment and the Creation of German Catholicism critique, to the practical application of that critique in the law.

Eighteenth-Century Answers and Twentieth-Century Questions (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996) as well as the aforementioned works by Thomas Ahnert and Ian Hunter. For a recent exception to the general silence on the Catholic Enlightenment in Germany, see the brief treatment in H. C. Erick Midelfort, Exorcism and Enlightenment. Johann Joseph Gassner and the Demons of Eighteenth-Century Germany (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005). G. F. W. Hegel, Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts (Leipzig: Meiner, 1911), 167, §205.

But that history was open-ended, and it is surely significant that they chose to represent the past of the church in a certain light, one that cast its own shadows on the policies of the Curia. 41 This legal historicism developed from the confluence of two strains of legal dispute – canonical and secular. 42 The canon-law dispute dealt with the jurisdictional supremacy of the pope. 43 39 40 41 42 43 Peter Landau, “Benedikt XIV,” in Juristen. Ein biographisches Lexikon, Michael Stolleis, ed. (Munich: C.

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