Saturday, September 26, 2015

Jourdan Hurtaud, O.P.: "Lettres de Savonarole aux princes chrétiens pour la réunion d'un concile" (Translation)

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Jourdan Hurtaud, O.P.: "Lettres de Savonarole aux princes chrétiens pour la réunion d'un concile," Revue Thomiste 7, no. 44 (1900), 631-674 <https://books.google.com/books?id=WaRJAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA631>. 

The Letters of Savonarola to the Christian Princes for the Assembly of a Council

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The pages devoted by Louis Pastor (1) to the Florentine reformer and the fair or harsh responses it has attracted poses again, not only in the heart of Piagnoni who faithfully guard the fervent cult of his memory, but to the opinion of the Catholic world, the Savonarola question. For four centuries, the trial is debated and the cause is still pending. Our intention is not, here at least, to throw us in full scrimmage and enter the intense debates; we only want to draw attention to one of the parts of the trial, which, we believe, has not been interpreted so far as it should be, neither by the most resolute opponents of the Frate, nor even by his most convinced apologists. We refer to the Letters to Christian princes for the meeting of a council. These letters, in the plan, were to be five in number, addressed to the Emperor, the King of France, the King and Queen of Spain, the King of England, and King of Hungary. Only the first three have been preserved. We give here in its entirety the letter to the Emperor; from the other two we adduce the passages relating to the council. From comparing different the literal interpretation and theological doctrine they express or to which they refer become more obvious. (1) History of the Popes From the Close of the Middle Ages, vol. V and VI.  



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Some have seen in these letters, the desperate act of a mind  

637 at bay (1), at the very least the consequence of false theories concerning the Pope's supremacy over the Council (2). ...

THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE LETTERS  

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THE DOCTRINE OF CONCILIAR SUPREMACY

The error of the Greeks concerning the papal supremacy is itself a schism; for not recognizing for the Bishop Rome more than a primacy of honor, they thus break any real connection with him.

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