JoMaCC Journal of Modern and Contemporary Christianity

Rivista | JoMaCC
Fascicolo | 3 | 1 | 2024
Articolo | La ‘fabbrica’ delle encicliche

La ‘fabbrica’ delle encicliche

The publication of an encyclical is a defined moment of the ordinary papal magisterium. It involves a plurality of actors and procedures shrouded in secrecy. The opening of the records of Pius XII’s pontificate at the Vatican Archives allows us to uncover the workings behind his encyclicals: what were the motivations, who suggested the content of the encyclical, were there ghost writers, editors (mainly Antonio Bacci), revisers, and translators? All those who worked at the encyclicals operated under the direction of Giovanni Battista Montini (later of Angelo Dell’Acqua) and the meticulous control of a Pontiff who was open to demands from below and the needs of the Church and Society.

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Presentato: 05 Febbraio 2024 | Accettato: 29 Febbraio 2024 | Pubblicato: 23 Aprile 2024 | Lingua: it

Keywords Roman Magisterium Roman Curia Papal Encyclicals’ drafting process Pope Pius XII Pope’s ghost writers

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