Documents from the Vatican Secret Archives Concerning the Pontificate of Benedict XV:
The Positiones of the Consistorial Congregation
Alejandro M. Dieguez
Archivio Segreto Vaticano, Città del Vaticano, Italia firstname.lastname@example.org
This brief overview sheds light on certain aspects of Benedict XV’s pontificate: the conditions of dioceses and the bishops’ pastoral governance; the monitoring of religious practices and the particular needs of specific regions and nations; and the supervision of disciplinary matters regarding preaching and the clergy’s participation in politics or social life (i.e. dancing parties or membership at associations such as the Knights of Columbus). Through a review of primary sources, this contribution demonstrates a growing attention toward the non-European world manifested by the Church’s concern for emigrants as well as through an interest in Protestant proselytism. Furthermore, specific records indicate a gradual process of modernization taking place within the Church: for example, the projection of films in churches or the clergy’s use of modern means of transportation.
Church and Modernity. Benedict XV. Roman Curia. Consistorial Congregation. Vatican Archives.