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By Frank Tallett, Nicholas Atkin

This e-book offers a balanced and updated research of Catholicism in Britain and France by means of best specialists on a variety of elements of the religion within the 200 years because the French Revolution. via concentrating on international locations whose spiritual institution and adventure have been markedly diversified, and by means of adopting a comparative procedure, the booklet is ready to supply a clean and strange standpoint at the demanding situations dealing with the Catholic Church within the smooth global and on its effect not just on believers but additionally at the societies as a complete.

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394. G. Davies, A New Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship (London, 1986), p. 89. Until then it seems that official views went only so far as to admit that the 'general law of the Church permits Benediction, both morning and evening, on the feast of Corpus Christi and during its octave. ' C. Fallen and J. Wynne (eds), The New Catholic Dictionary (London, 1929), p. 109. 20 In contrasting the new piety of the latter half of the nineteenth century with the old, one is dealing with a change in degree and of emphasis rather than of kind.

Thus the ultramontanes who favoured the Syllabus of Errors in 1864 or the definition of papal infallibility in 1870 are taken to have been the same sort of people who were drawn to pilgrimages, rosaries and extravagant devotions, while the liberal Catholics and 'inopportunists' were quiet, rational folk who, like the old Catholics, read the recusant bishop Richard Challoner's The Garden of the Soul for spiritual profit and shied away from continental exuberance. The most cursory examination of the devotional lives of even the most eminent and influential of Catholics shows how misleading such stereotypes can be.

57. : Identical texts of what was familiarly known as the 'penny' catechism were published under a variety of titles, A Catechism of Christian Doctrine and An Abridgment of Christian Doctrine among others. In the excerpts from the catechism cited here, as in those which follow, page references have been given to the Large Type Edition and 190th Thousand because their distinctive titles help to avoid confusion as to which version of the catechism is meant. Significant revisions to the content of the catechism occurred only in 1859 and 1880, so the Large Type text of 1876 is identical with that of 1859 and the 190th Thousand of 1884 is identical, apart from the addition of two questions on character, with that of 1880.

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