Silvano Giordano

Chierici e laici alla corte papale nella prima età moderna. Origini e applicazioni della normativa

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  • The establishment of the modern Pontifical State
  • as from the Mid-fifteenth
  • Century
  • is complemented by the formation of the Court of Rome
  • incorporating two closely related structures: the Roman Curia &ndash
  • as the ensemble of authority governing the Universal Church and the Pontifical State &ndash
  • and the Papal Court &ndash
  • consisting of dignitaries responsible of personally assisting the pope
  • a service run by both clergymen and lay people. In the course of the Sixteenth Century one can observe a tendency
  • primarily determined by ecclesiastical policy
  • to promote the clergy into the administration
  • a practice that was consolidated in time. The distinction between clergymen and lay people
  • structured during the fourth century for reasons linked to the administration of sacraments
  • is redefined between the Eleventh and the Twelfth Century
  • with the intention of restricting the government of the Church to the clergy. Enforced in the first modern era of the Court of Rome
  • the legislation clericalized the whole government
  • on the premise
  • however
  • that the principle of eminence and dignity were not given in virtue of the sacrament of the Holy Orders
  • but through jurisdiction


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