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CrSt 1/2021


Indice del numero 1, 2021, gennaio-aprile


Emanuela Prinzivalli
Anastasio I di Roma e le lettere ai vescovi di Milano sulla condanna di Origene

The article studies the different stands of Siricius and Anastasius with respect to Origen’s doctrine. Anastasius’ anti-Origenist attitude is mainly explained by the change of Theophilus’ mind. The close relationship between Rome and Alexandria is highlighted, together with the conflicts among the high standing Christians of Rome. Anastasius’ goal was to extend the influence of the Roman See, without committing himself on a doctrinal level. His second letter to the bishop of Milan, Venerius, was carefully written in order to obtain the consent that had not been achieved with the previous letter to Simplicianus.

Mickaël Ribreau
Du florilège au dialogue Mise en scène, organisation et fonctionnement des citations augustiniennes dans le «Contra philosophos»

The Contra philosophos is a singular florilegium, a dialogue, consisting of long extracts from Augustine’s De civitate Dei. For Diethard Aschoff, the text editor, this text was written in Italy by a close associate of Cassiodorus. However, for other researchers, the text, followed by a Contra Iudaeos, was written during the 15 th century. In this article, we study how the author of the two florilegia used the Augustinian extracts in order to create his own work. It appears that it is a truly erudite work that offers some parallels with practices of the 14 th or 15 th century. The study of the organisation and the elaboration of the quotations invite us to confirm a low datation.

Antonio Gerace
Il «Manipulus curatorum» di Guy de Montrochen: 250 anni di formazione sacerdotale in Europa. Parte I

The present essay, divided into two parts, focuses on the most common handbook for the education of the clergy in early modern Europe, Guy de Montrochen’s Manipulus curatorum (1330), printed from 1473 until 1581, when it saw the last of about 200 editions. This text was disseminated throughout Europe, revealing the need for such a handbook before the institution of seminaries (1563). In this first part of the essay, after the introduction to both Guy de Montrochen’s life and the historical context, attention is then paid to the editorial history of his handbook, after which the structure and the text of the Manipulus are examined. The second part, on the contrary, focuses on the analysis of the first section of the Manipulus, in which Guy deals with six of the sacraments, leaving aside penance, which is analysed in the second section of the Manipulus and will be the subject of a forthcoming contribution.

Luca Ferracci
Johann Adam Möhler negli studi teologici del secondo Novecento. Principali linee di interpretazione

This survey offers an overview of the main studies carried out in the second half of the 20 th century on Johann Adam Möhler and the Catholic School of Tübingen. It also endeavours to reconstruct the main trends in the theological debate on Möhler, taking into account the evolution of the different interpretations offered by scholars on the role that this theologian and his generation played in the Romantic period of German theology. Finally, the reception of Möhler’s theology in Catholic ecclesiology in the twentieth century is examined, with particular regard to the changes that occurred after Vatican II.

Matteo Mennini
Il concilio Vaticano II e la questione del sacerdozio dei fratelli insegnanti: il caso dei lasalliani

Based on research carried out in the archives of the Second Vatican Council and of the Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers), the article traces the history of the drafting of § 10, 2 of the Perfectae Caritatis decree, in which it is stated that the General Chapters of male Lay Religious Congregations can allow their members to access the priesthood. It was a decision that potentially caused a radical change for those institutions, introducing a novelty that posed radical questions about their loyalty to the intuitions of their respective founders. The General Chapter of De La Salle Brothers in 1966, invited by the Congregation for Religious to consider access to sacred orders for its members, triggered severe conflicts regarding the interpretation of that paragraph, both within the Institute and in the Roman Curia. For historians, these events stand to indicate a longer process of renewal on the part of this type of institute of consecrated life in the context of the developments that the Catholic Church saw in the twentieth century.


Nicolangelo D’Acunto
Papato, curia romana e diocesi tra vecchi e nuovi schemi storiografici

The author endeavours to draw a map of Italian studies on the bishops and the medieval papacy in the last forty years, with the progressive separation of the research on religious history, variously inspired by Raffaello Morghen and Giovanni Miccoli, from that of the history of ecclesiastical and religious institutions, which is more concerned with grasping the connections between ecclesiastical structures and political-social questions. In both strands a progressive complication of the historiographical reconstruction is evident, together with the rejection of the concept of crisis as the key to interpreting historical development.

Guillaume Cuchet
Le phénomène thérésien À propos de deux livres de 2018 sur Thérèse de Lisieux

The numerous publications on Therese of Lisieux in recent years have also been illustrated by two further important works: that of Claude Langlois on the editorial enterprise of the “History of a Soulµ (Thérèse à plusieurs mains, 2018) and Antoinette Guise-Castelnuovo’s study on her “miraclesµ (Thérèse de Lisieux et ses miracles. Les recompositions du surnaturel, 2018). The study of “Therese after Thereseµ turns out to be a fruitful field of enquiry. The question is to understand how a young French Carmelite, who was unknown during her lifetime and died at the age of twenty-four of tuberculosis in an obscure provincial convent, was able to become, within a few years, the most popular saint in the 20 th century, on a basis that was founded before the Great War.

Massimo Faggioli
Towards a History of the Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church Claude Langlois’ «On savait, mais quoi?»

This literature review analyzes the latest book by Claude Langlois, On savait, mais quoi?. The book is a history of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, which adopts a methodological approach whose interdisciplinarity is necessary in order to comprehend a scandal that unfolds at many levels – institutional, theological, social, and cultural. On savait, mais quoi? constitutes a major contribution to the ongoing debate on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, especially in the light of the new phase of the scandal that initiated in 2017-2018 in several different countries.


Domenico Pazzini
Origenes der Christ und Origenes der Platoniker, hrsg. von B. Bäbler und H.-G. Nesselrath, (Studies in Education and Religion in Ancient and Pre-Modern History in the Mediterranean and Its Environs, 2), Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2018, XII+211 pp.

Kristina Mitalaitė
C. Veyrard-Cosme, La Vita beati Alcuini (IX e s.). Les inflexions d’un discours de sain- teté. Introduction, édition et traduction annotée du texte d’après Reims, BM 1395 (K 784), (Collection des Études Augustiniennes – Série Moyen Âge et Temps Modernes, 54), Paris, Institut d’Études Augustiniennes, 2017, 362 pp.

François Wallerich
Les régimes de polémicité au Moyen Âge, éd. par B. Sère, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2019, 216 pp.

Timothy Salemme
Le temps long de Clairvaux. Nouvelles recherches, nouvelles perspectives (XII e -XXI e siècle). Actes du colloque international (Troyes-Abbaye de Clairvaux, 16-18 juin 2015), éd. par A. Baudin et A. Grélois, Paris, Somogy éditions d’Art/Conseil dépar- temental de l’Aube, 2016, 408 pp.

Anne Conrad
E. Schlotheuber, «Gelehrte Bräute Christi». Geistliche Frauen in der mittelalterlichen Gesellschaft, (Spätmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation, 104), Tübingen, Mohr Sie- beck, 2018, IX+340 pp.

Wolfgang Simon
V. Leppin, Transformationen. Studien zu den Wandlungsprozessen in Theologie und Frömmigkeit zwischen Spätmittelalter und Reformation, (Spätmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation, 86), Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2015, XV+559 pp.

Guido Bartolucci
S. Bauer, The Invention of Papal History. Onofrio Panvinio between Renaissance and Catholic Reform, (Oxford – Warburg Studies), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020, 288 pp.

Ilaria Maggiulli
S. Negruzzo, La «cristiana impresa». L’Europa di fronte all’Impero Ottomano all’alba del XVII secolo, (Acta et Studia, 16), Milano, Cisalpino, 2019, 478 pp.

Liviana Gazzetta
Donne e Inquisizione, a cura di M. Caffiero e A. Lirosi, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2020, 216 pp.

Giuseppe Battelli
L’epistolario di Pio Paschini (1898-1962), a cura di M. Giorgiutti, (Fonti per la storia della Chiesa in Friuli – Serie moderna e contemporanea), 2 voll., Udine, Istituto Pio Paschini/Forum, 2018, 1198 pp. + cd-rom.

Mariangela Maraviglia
Notte di luce e di pietosa bontà. Margherita Marchi e Luigi Maria Tabanelli (Carteggio 1934-1943), a cura di M.A. Giudici, (Deus sitit sitiri, 3), Milano, Vita e Pensiero, 2019, 416 pp.

Silvia Scatena
Mission religieuse ou engagement tiers-mondiste? Des clercs entre Europe et Amérique latine dans la seconde moitié du XX e siècle, sous la direction d’O. Chatelan, (Religions et sociétés), Nancy, Éditions Arbre bleu, 2020, 235 pp.

Massimiliano Proietti
S. Bullivant, Mass Exodus. Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019, 309 pp.