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Light and shadows : church history amid faith, fact, and legend

Author: Walter Brandmüller
Publisher: San Francisco : Ignatius Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Reformation, and the Renaissance popes may conjure in the imagination a corrupt Roman Catholic clergy hungry for wealth and power. In this insightful, well researched work, the Vatican's chief historian, Fr. Walter Brandmuller, takes a thoughtful and understanding look at these and other important chapters in Church history." "Without denying or flinching at the human  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Brandmüller
ISBN: 9781586172732 1586172735
OCLC Number: 308201554
Notes: Original German edition: Licht und Schatten (Augsburg: Sankt Ulrich, c2007).
Description: 286 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Trust this church? --
The papacy : guarantor of unity and truth --
The Catholic Church and the unification of Europe --
New awakenings in the Church, past and present --
"Children's stories" or childhood history? --
The Inquisitions : historical reality and legend --
The Crusades --
Martin Luther's Reformation from a Catholic perspective --
A profound spiritual reawakening : the "Miracle of Trent" --
Sensuousness and rationality --
New life from the ruins --
German Catholicism and its occassional bouts of fever --
The Council and the Councils --
"State theologians" then and now --
Forgiveness : the way to peace --
Appendix One. "Defying the ultramontane gang with brazen assurance" --
Appendix Two. On the arrogance of theology.
Other Titles: Licht und Schatten.
Responsibility: Walter Brandmüller ; translated by Michael J. Miller.

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"The Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Reformation, and the Renaissance popes may conjure in the imagination a corrupt Roman Catholic clergy hungry for wealth and power. In this insightful, well researched work, the Vatican's chief historian, Fr. Walter Brandmuller, takes a thoughtful and understanding look at these and other important chapters in Church history." "Without denying or flinching at the human capacity for folly, failure, and evil, Brandmuller moves beyond the caricatures and legends that often substitute for real history to reveal a Church, both human and divine, fulfilling her mission in every time and place. His goal is not to whitewash any of these past events or issues, but rather to illuminate them, and bring to them a more in-depth, comprehensive historical understanding on the basis of their causes, circumstances, and effects."--Jacket.

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