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The History of the Popes, From the Close of the Middle Ages, Volume…

by Ludwig von Pastor, E. F. Peeler (Editor)

Series: History of the Popes (Volume 38)

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1559 The History of the Popes (Volume XXXVIII) From the German of the Late Ludwig, Freiherr von Pastor, translated by E. F. Peeler (read 12 Apr 1980) This volume tells of the most dismal and discouraging pontificate in history. I found the book really interesting--not fun to read, but absorbing. One is so appalled to realize the Church, so recently, could have had such a bad pontificate. John XII and Benedict IX were a ;long time ago--so were Innocent VIII and Alexander VI. But scarcely 200 years have passed since Clement XIV! I was shocked that the men around Clement XIV were bribed by the enemies of the Jesuits, and that Father Ricci, the general of the Jesuits, and his top assistants, were, after the suppression, harshly imprisoned at the Castel S. Angel, where Father Ricci died Nov. 24, 1775. It is really unbelievable that the Pope could have done such bad things to the Jesuits--I am able to see how Clement XIV could feel that the suppression should be carried out, to appease the Bourbons. But that he failed to do all he could to alleviate the awful consequences seems quite unbelievable. In the words of a pro-Clement XIV writer, Cordara: "The Pope was haunted by the ghost of the dead Society of Jesus, again and again he remembered the damage its suppression had wrought on the Church, the dishonour this unfortunate decision had brought to his name, the hatred it had engendered. He pondered on the loss to the Apostolic See of a safeguard and support, on how Christ's field had lost a picked band of workers; he thought of the scandal caused to the faithful, of the triumphant joy of the heretics, and of the great bewilderment of Christians throughout the world. This distressing thought so racked him day and night that sometimes he would babble in sheer grief and seemed to be beside himself. Often in the night he thought he heard the bronze bell of the Jesuits, though no one had rung it." Clement XIV died 22 Sept 1774 and was buried in St. Peter's, but Canova created an outstanding monument for him at SS. Apostoli, where he was re-entombed in January 1802. Of the monument it is said to possess values which are universally recognized: noble simplicity, clear composition, perfect harmony of architecture and sculpture. This monument is said to "blaze a new trail for funeral sculpture." Clement XIV created 17 Cardinals, besides 11 whose rank was never published. He really went in for in petto. One of the last two cardinals created was Giannangelo Braschi, who became Pius VI. This creation was on Apr 26, 1773, when 11 were named in petto--and never were published. He canonized no one. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 24, 2008 |
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