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Were Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church in Germany unduly singled out for their conduct during the National Socialist era? Mark Edward Ruff explores the bitter controversies that broke out in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1945 to 1980 over the Catholic Church's relationship to the Nazis.
The general councils of the fifteenth century constituted a remarkable political experiment, which used collective decision-making to tackle important problems facing the church. This book offers a fundamental reassessment of England's relationship with these councils, revealing how political thought, heresy, and collective politics were connected.
What are the origins of the Catholic Church? How has Catholicism changed and adapted over the centuries? What challenges does the Catholic Church face in the twenty-first century? Gerald O'Collins answers these and other questions, and in this new edition considers the impact of Pope Francis' leadership of the Church...
A history of the Catholic Church after the French Revolution through the story of the 'Doellinger affair'. Ignaz von Doellinger 1799-1890, was a leading critic of Pope Pius IX and in particular the doctrine of Papal Infallibility defined during the First Vatican Council.
A major reassessment of the thought and activities of the key figure of the seventeenth-century French Catholic Reformation, Vincent de Paul, exploring how he formed a congregation of secular missionaries, the Lazarists, who were responsible for the delivery of missions, formation and training of clergy, and promotion of confraternal welfare.