By Marc R. Forster
This e-book seeks to give an explanation for the origins of the Catholic identification of the inhabitants of southwest Germany among 1550 and 1750. Many reports of this topic credits rulers and church leaders with developing and implementing spiritual identification in Germany "from above." against this, this learn argues that there have been vital neighborhood and non secular explanation why humans got here to contemplate themselves unswerving Catholics; and which will comprehend the origins of Catholic identification, it examines the character of "Baroque Catholicism"--including the importance of pilgrimages, processions, confraternities, and different non secular ceremonies.
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Louis Chaˆtellier, Europe of the Devout. The Catholic Reformation and the Formation of a New Society (Cambridge, ); Louis Chaˆtellier, La Religion des pauvres: les missions rurales en Europe et la formation du catholicisme moderne, XVIe–XIXe sie`cles (Paris, ). ²⁸ Where cure´s were local and where they attempted to accommodate and guide popular religion rather than dominate and control it, a strong sense of popular clericalism developed in the countryside. Rather than simply considering them a part of the clerical elite or ‘‘agents of the Counter-Reformation,’’ this perspective allows for a more sophisticated understanding of the role of the parish priest.
Oﬃcials both at the regional level and in the town of Rottenburg had a diﬀerent perspective and denied that there were any Protestants under their jurisdiction. The highest oﬃcial in the area, the Statthalter, claimed that all the inhabitants were good Catholics. Although he admitted that ‘‘eight or nine years previously several people had somewhat suspiciously eaten [meat],’’ they had since proved themselves good Catholics. In the opinion of oﬃcials in Rottenburg, the whole issue stemmed from an old dispute between the parish priest and several citizens.
Oﬃcials in Innsbruck demanded that he get rid of his concubine and made no reference to his other qualiﬁcations. Armbruster served for three years. In Johan Hurmann was appointed, a young man who had studied in Freiburg and lived with his parents. ’’ The clergy of Binsdorf, as elsewhere in Catholic Germany, were transformed in the s and s. A priest such as Armbruster, who openly admitted to concubinage, could still be appointed, but the future belonged to Hurmann and his generation.