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A Failing Mission?

Salvation in the Jesuit Mission in Japan Under Francisco Cabral

Linda Zampol D’Ortia    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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The Jesuit textual production from the sixteenth century leaves no doubt that the Japanese evangelising enterprise was publicised as the epitome of success. Francisco Cabral, third superior of the mission, who had initially shared this judgement, in time began fearing that the mission was, instead, doomed to failure. As he perceived the loosening of the internal ties of the Society of Jesus, and the salvation of the catechumens as more and more independent of that of the Jesuits, Cabral concluded that God had abandoned the mission. This study, using little-known manuscript sources, examines Cabral’s attitudes towards his confreres and the Japanese people, to illuminate how particular salvation mechanics could define early modern Catholic missions.

Published
Jan. 31, 2024
Accepted
Sept. 25, 2023
Submitted
June 21, 2023
Language
IT, EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-764-7
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-793-7
Number of pages
184
Copyright: © 2024 Linda Zampol D’Ortia. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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