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Fathers, Pastors and KingsVisions of Episcopacy in Seventeenth-century France$
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Alison Forrestal

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069765

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069765.001.0001

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Catholic renewal and episcopal traditions in the sixteenth century

Catholic renewal and episcopal traditions in the sixteenth century

(p.19) 1 Catholic renewal and episcopal traditions in the sixteenth century
Fathers, Pastors and Kings

Alison Forrestal

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the episcopal and Catholic renewal traditions in France during the sixteenth century. By the turn of the sixteenth century, French prelates had a variety of sources on which to base their understanding of the episcopal office. Those guides most immediately to hand, the Council of Trent and the examples of contemporary reforming prelates appeared particularly attractive, for they enabled the minority of French bishops who were attempting to introduce reforms in insecure conditions to lay the foundations for permanent ecclesiastical order. The chapter suggests that this French tradition provided strongly articulated views on episcopal jurisdictional rights and authority as well as, secondarily, on episcopal spirituality.

Keywords:   episcopal traditions, Catholic renewal, France, prelates, Council of Trent, ecclesiastical order, episcopal jurisdictions, episcopal authority

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