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Catholic Reformation in IrelandThe Mission of Rinuccini 1645-1649$
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Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208914.001.0001

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Development and Reform in the Irish Church, 1618–1645

Development and Reform in the Irish Church, 1618–1645

(p.39) CHAPTER TWO Development and Reform in the Irish Church, 1618–1645
Catholic Reformation in Ireland

Tadhg Ó hAnnrachÁin

Oxford University Press

An understanding of the development of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the decades prior to GianBattista Rinuccini's nunciature is integral to an understanding of his mission. Despite the revolutionary changes of the 1640s which made it possible, the creation of the Irish nunciature was firmly rooted in previous Roman policy. In certain ways indeed, the provision of a nuncio to Ireland in 1645 was merely the elaboration of the consciously tridentine policy of strengthening the Irish hierarchy which had been applied to the island over the previous thirty years. The aftermath of the Council of Trent saw the emergence of the pastoral bishop as the key figure in the implementation of religious reform in most of Catholic Europe. The major exception to this rule were Catholic communities like those of England, Holland, or Transylvania which were subject to the jurisdiction of a Protestant state.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, Irish hierarchy, GianBattista Rinuccini, church reform, Council of Trent, bishops, clergy, nunciature

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