New publications on the History of the Church Councils

The Canons of the Quinisext Council (691/2), translated with an introduction and notes by Richard Price, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2020 (= Translated Texts for Historians, 74), 224 p.

 

“These canons (or rules) for church organization and life and Christian morals issued at a council held in Constantinople in 691/2 form the foundation of Byzantine Canon Law. They show an intense concern to restore the proper discipline of clerical life after the chaos brought about by the Arab invasions. The rules for the laity show a concern to secure obedience to the Church’s rules about marriage, proper respect for sacred space, and the suppression of customs of pagan origin. Particular interest attaches to the canons that express disapproval of certain customs of the Western Church and of the Armenian Church. Was this an attempt to impose Byzantine hegemony, or simply a revulsion at customs that seemed wrong? The Byzantine emperor tried repeatedly to get the Pope to give the new canons the stamp of his approval; his failure marks an important stage in the mounting divergence between the Greek and the Roman Churches. The translation is accompanied by full annotation, while the introduction sets the council in its historical context, in both the history of the early medieval world and the development of Eastern Canon Law.” (from the Webseite of the Publisher).


New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Franz Machilek, Jan Hus (um 1372–1415). Prediger, Theologe, Reformator, Münster, Aschendorff Verlag, 2019 (= Kath. Leben und Kirchenreform im Zeitalter der Glaubensspaltung 78/79), 272 S.

 

“A good 600 years ago, the Prague magister John (Jan) Hus (1372-1415), a native of the South Bohemian Husseinetz, was condemned to death and burned at the stake at the Council of Constance, primarily because of his teachings on the Church as an obstinate heretic. On the basis of the autochthonous Bohemian religious movements in the second half of the 14th century, the Augustinianism prevalent among the magisters at Prague University and the Wyclifimus growing among them, which he quite modified, Hus developed his own pastoral understanding of the Church as a preacher at Bethlehem Chapel and university teacher. The Holy Scriptures (the Lex Dei) and the search for truth formed the guiding principles of his life; they determined his decisions in the conflicts with the Archbishop of Prague, the King of Bohemia, the Pope and the Council. His insistence on being taught by Scripture and his concern for his broad following kept him from recanting the theses, some of which were attributed to him by false witnesses, as demanded by the Council of Constance. His followers celebrated him as a martyr and saint after his death.
     In more recent times, Hus was regarded by Catholic theologians as a pioneer of the Second Vatican Council. The visit of Pope John Paul II to Prague in 1990 and the ecumenically composed "Commission for the Study of the Problems Connected with the Personality, Life and Work of Master John Hus" at the Czech Bishops' Conference in 1993, which was set up at his suggestion, as well as the international scientific Hus symposia organised on an ecumenical basis in Bayreuth in 1993 and in the Vatican in 1999 were the most important steps in recent times on the way to today's view of Hussein as the reformer of the "first" Reformation in Europe. Shortly before the commemoration of Hus' death 600 years ago, at a meeting of high-ranking representatives of the Christian churches, politics and academic bodies of the Czech Republic in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on 15 June 2015, Pope Francis commemorated the reformer with high regard: the "renowned preacher" and rector of Prague University, who had long been an "object of dispute" among Christians, had today become an "occasion for dialogue"." (Freely translated from the publisher's website).

 


New entries

Dictionary of Councils

Council of Santiago de Compostela  1310 (21st-29th October)

Justo Fernández, Jaime


New entries

Dictionary of Councils

Council of Valencia 1889 (18th-27th October)

Almela Martínez, Mariano


New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Giovanni Della Casa, Corrispondenza con i legati al Concilio di Trento (1544-1549), edizione e commento a cura di Monica Marchi, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2020 (= Biblioteca Italiana Testi e Studi, 16), 304 pp.

 

“In August 1544 Giovanni Della Casa was appointed apostolic Nuncio to Venice, one of the most important cities for the delicate balance of the European political order. In the lagoon city, information about everything that happened around it arrived very quickly, starting from the Ottoman front, passing through the papal court, up to the extreme borders of Charles V's empire. The letters contained in the Codex Vaticanus Latinus 14830, through the main voices of the Nuncio in Venice, Monsignor Della Casa, and the legates of the Council, Marcello Cervini and Giovanni Maria del Monte, give a detailed picture of the intense period from the laborious opening of the Council itself in Trent to its translation to Bologna. After careful philological investigations, the codex has now been published for the first time in its entirety, reordered chronologically and analysed as a whole. Thanks to the historical and linguistic commentary that accompanies the text, the modern reader can more easily appreciate the content of the correspondence, while the analysis of the communicative peculiarities of the individual interlocutors brings to light the character of three outstanding personalities in Italy in the sixteenth century.” (Loosely translated from the website of the publisher).


New entries

Dictionary of Councils

Councils of Santiago de Compostela 1292 (23rd May) and 1293 (?)

Justo Fernández, Jaime


New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Annales Historiae Conciliorum (AHC), Heft 1 / (2020)

 

https://www.aschendorff-buchverlag.de

 

Price: 35,00€ 

 

Annales Historiae Conciliorum (AHC) was founded in 1968 by a group of scholars under the direction of Walter Brandmüller under the title Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum. To date, it is the main and most authoritative international institution specialized in research in the field of the History of Councils from antiquity to the present day. In its 50 years of existence, it has published over 600 articles from a community of historians, theologians and philologists.

 

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