By Jill Fehleison
On the political and spiritual crossroads the place John Calvin and the Protestant Reformation had taken carry, the Catholic diocese of Geneva struggled to transform their Protestant friends again to the Church whereas keeping a practice of piety and an organization disciplinary hand. This severe research examines the luck of Catholic counter-reform in key rural villages and appears on the major position performed via Bishop François de revenues, who had the weird problem of facing the 2 political specialists of Savoy and France. Drawing from a wealth of basic assets, together with visitation documents of bishops and different diocesan files, Jill Fehleison contributes to our realizing of early sleek Catholicism because it addressed the demanding situations of coexisting with Protestantism.
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After the Treaty of Lyons in 1601 redrew the border between Savoy and France, both Catholics and Protestants faced new rules and regulations; the Protestants of the Pays de Gex were suddenly incorporated into the Reformed Church of France and Savoyard Catholic communities viewed French priests as foreign interlopers in their parishes. A close look at reform measures directed at both the secular and regular clergy in the Diocese of Geneva highlights the importance of having competent clergy at the local level.
79 Borromeo’s Acta Ecclesiæ Mediolanensis set out a methodology for parish visits. 80 Word of his accomplishments in Milan spread rapidly during his lifetime, and he was canonized in 1610, only twenty-six years after his death. Borromeo was not the only inspiration for Tridentine reform, just the most famous. In some dioceses, reform attempts can be traced back to before the Council of Trent. How much of the diocesan reform beyond Italy was based on Borromeo’s model and how much was indigenous?
74 Visitations became even more important for both Catholics and Protestants during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as leaders of both confessions realized that the best way to ensure observance of the faith was through close supervision and inspection of parish practices. , 179, 182. Coulton, “Interpretation of Visitation Documents,” 17, 28, 35. 73 Binz, Vie Religieuse et Réforme Ecclésiastique, 184–85. , 182. 75 Forster, Counter-Reformation in the Villages, 62. 72 46 l Chapter 2 parishes under his control.
Boundaries of Faith: Catholics and Protestants in the Diocese of Geneva (Early Modern Studies, Volume 5) by Jill Fehleison