Download e-book for iPad: A Bishop's Tale: Mathias Hovius Among His Flock in by Mr. Craig Harline

By Mr. Craig Harline

ISBN-10: 0300083424

ISBN-13: 9780300083422

This soaking up publication takes us again to the busy, colourful global of a Netherlandish Catholic bishop and his flock from 1596 to 1620. established upon the lately found daybook of Mathius Hovius, the ebook focuses not just on his lifestyles but additionally on key occasions and characters of the interval. Episodes within the lives of clergymen, nuns, pilgrims, peasants, saints, and others deliver to lifestyles the adventure of faith in the course of the Counterreformation.

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In fact he gained political experience as Viceroy of Portugal, and then in  as governor-general of the Netherlands. Finally, while Philip deteriorated and Isabella aged and all other suitors faded away, it was decided that Albert, nearly forty, should renounce at last his churchly career, marry, and become a prince. Isabella and the Netherlands were his reward. And so in , in August, the Act of Cession was read in Brussels at a colorful gathering of the States General, in the same hall where Charles V had bidden his tearful farewell four decades before.

For old Mechelen was gone. Spiritual ruin accompanied the physical. Canon Hovius lamented the heresy, impiety, immorality, and atheism now in and around the city. In the  diminished parishes of the western archdiocese, most had no pastor at all, and more than a third of the churches were piles of rubble. Rural parishes that did have priests rarely saw them, for they had fled to the relative safety of towns. Churches left standing were often the only shelters around in the countryside, so that they became crowded, stinking places of eating, sleeping, dying, birthing, ‘‘even coupling’’; some rural pastors took up residence in church towers.

29 12:24 OCV:0 6062 Harline / A BISHOPS TALE / sheet 29 of 397 x TWO x The Third Man 6062 Harline / A BISHOPS TALE / sheet 30 of 397 A RO M A N D E L I B E R AT I O N The twenty-fifth of September, , Rome. O n one of Rome’s seven hills, called the Quirinal, in the midst of sprawling gardens and ancient ruins, stood the sparkling new palace of the Congregation of the Consistory. For the twelve cardinals who made up the Congregation, and the throng of clerks who served them, it was simply another meeting, another agenda full of prime ecclesiastical appointments to be made all around Catholic Europe.

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