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DPPL 43: 18th Century Missionary Expansion

The DPPL speaks of missionary expansion in the 1700’s, but aside from the growing diversity in religious orders, it kept to a very Roman effort, on the whole: 43. The Catholic Reform strengthened the structure and unity of the Roman … Continue reading

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DPPL 42: Battling Superstition and Magic

The Directory looks at some sensibilities that might be Tridentine, might be better considered anti-reformation, but they were the expressions of fallible human beings during an age in which the Church was losing political supremacy, and indeed, had already lost … Continue reading

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DPPL 41: The Tridentine Stamp on Catholicism

A council never has the final word. It is always in the implementation that the council’s real work is done and the impact achieved. Trent was certainly successful in placing a stamp on Roman Catholicism: 41. The Catholic reform, with … Continue reading

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DPPL 39-40: Trent, the Good and Bad

The Council of Trent gets a bad rap, especially in progressive circles. But in many ways it did address, or attempt to address, the need for reform. Was active participation really a priority, as stated here: 39. In conformity with … Continue reading

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DPPL 37-38: Reform Shatters On The Rocks of Catechesis

A generation or two before Trent, at least two schoalrs advocated for reforms familiar to 20th century Catholics: 37. Among those most concerned for the reform of the Church at beginning of the sixteenth century, mention must be of two … Continue reading

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DPPL 36: Evangelization Distant From Rome

Missionaries of the 1500’s brought new considerations. For the first time in centuries, Christianity encountered new cultures that did not know Christ. Particular practices of the Franciscans, the Jesuits, and others in the evangelization apostolate brought popular pious practices to … Continue reading

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DPPL 34-35: The Divorce of Liturgy and Spirituality

In DPPL 34 and the following sections, the Church looks at “The Modern Period.” The Council of Trent is placed squarely here. Modern or not, the 1500’s were a time of immense upheaval. Laypeople and likely many clerics were long adrift … Continue reading

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