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The Papacy since 1500
From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor


Frederic J. Baumgartner, Kenneth Gouwens, Pamela M. Jones, Sheila Barker, Gemma Simmonds, Thomas Worcester, Ciarán O'Carroll, Thomas Massaro, Charles R. Gallagher, John F. Pollard, Linda Hogan, James Corkery
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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521729772

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  • These original essays offer thought-provoking perspectives on the complex evolution of the papacy in the last 500 years, from the Pope as an Italian Renaissance prince to the Pope as a universal pastor concerned with the well-being and salvation of human beings everywhere on earth. Structured by detailed studies of some of the most significant Popes in this evolution, this volume explores how papal policies and actions were received as the Popes sought to respond to the political, cultural, and social circumstances of their time. Included are essays examining pontificates from that of Julius II, warrior as well as patron of the arts, to the era of the French Revolution and Napoleon, to Paul VI's pleas for peace during the Cold War, and to John Paul II's itinerant, prophetic, and hierarchical model of a pastoral papacy in the age of television and the internet.

    • Includes contributions by scholars from the US, Britain and Ireland, who offer diverse perspectives on the topic
    • A detailed introduction traces the historical developments of the papacy since the pontificate of Julius II
    • Contains an up-to-date select bibliography of works in several languages
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an erudite and scholarly book, but invaluable in understanding the development of the papacy to what we know today. An interesting and worthwhile read as an historical document even for those who do not adhere to the Catholic faith.' Methodist Recorder

    '… the editors argue convincingly that an evolving context of Italian, European, global, and media history has most influenced the changes demonstrable in the development of the popes' roles since 1500.' A. D. Wright, University of Leeds

    'As Corkery and Worcester explain … the book's genesis came about as both were teaching undergraduate courses on the papacy … The common thread for theologian and historian was the papacy's historical development, especially respecting prevalent contemporary social conditions. From these courses came the collaboration on this provoking and informative volume.' Carl Franks, Central Methodist University

    'The collection gives a perspective that a simple chronology of the papacy could not have yielded … the book's strong contribution is that it presents the papacy's complex interrelationships of persons, policies, practices, and presuppositions, as well as their development and the questions they raise. One will profit much from knowing about such questions through the interpretive lens of prince, patron, and pastor with which the contributors examine the popes since 1500.' John W. Padberg, S.J., Institute of Jesuit Sources, St Louis

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521729772
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction James Corkery and Thomas Worcester
    1. Julius II: prince, patron, pastor Frederic J. Baumgartner
    2. Clement VII: prince at war Kenneth Gouwens
    3. The pope as saint: Pius V in the eyes of Sixtus V and Clement XI Pamela M. Jones
    4. Pasquinades and propaganda: the reception of Urban VIII Sheila Barker
    5. Jansenism vs. papal absolutism Gemma Simmonds
    6. Pius VII: moderation in an age of revolution and reaction Thomas Worcester
    7. Pius IX, pastor and prince Ciarán O'Carroll
    8. The social question in the papacy of Leo XIII Thomas Massaro
    9. The perils of perception: British Catholics and papal neutrality, 1914–23 Charles R. Gallagher
    10. Electronic pastors: radio, cinema and television, from Pius XI to John XXIII John F. Pollard
    11. Mixed reception: Paul VI and John Paul II on sex and war Linda Hogan
    12. John Paul II: universal pastor in a global age James Corkery
    Conclusion James Corkery and Thomas Worcester
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  • Editors

    James Corkery, Pontifical Gregorian University
    James Corkery is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin. He is the author of Joseph Ratzinger's Theological Ideas (2009).

    Thomas Worcester, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
    Thomas Worcester is Associate Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts. He is the author of The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits (Cambridge, 2008) and the co-editor (with Gauvin Bailey, Pamela Jones and Franco Mormando) of Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500–1800 (2005).


    Frederic J. Baumgartner, Kenneth Gouwens, Pamela M. Jones, Sheila Barker, Gemma Simmonds, Thomas Worcester, Ciarán O'Carroll, Thomas Massaro, Charles R. Gallagher, John F. Pollard, Linda Hogan, James Corkery

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