JoMaCC Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity

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Articolo | Concluding Remarks: The Magisterium of Pius XII in a Historical Perspective

Concluding Remarks: The Magisterium of Pius XII in a Historical Perspective

From the 19th century onwards, ‘teaching’ was increasingly seen as the core task of the popes; the pontificate of Pope Pius XII can be seen here as a preliminary climax of an increasing intensification of the papal teaching office, which also extended to more and more topics. It was a relatively small group of theologians from the Roman universities who determined not only the work of the Holy Office, but also the drafting of papal teaching documents. Professionalisation and a certain standardisation of papal teaching were guided by the attempt to restrict themselves to the area of principles of faith and morals. Anti-modernist tendencies remained dominant; the relationship to the succeeding pontificate and the Second Vatican Council with its divergent objectives thus remains an open question.


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Presentato: 27 Febbraio 2024 | Pubblicato: 23 Aprile 2024 | Lingua: en

Keywords Magisterium Vatican Council II Anti-modernism Professionalisation Romanisation Scientific progress


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