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The Case Of The Pope

Author : Geoffrey Robertson QC
ISBN : 9780141968896
Genre : Religion
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THE CASE OF THE POPE delivers a devastating indictment of the way the Vatican has run a secret legal system that shields paedophile priests from criminal trial around the world. Is the Pope morally or legally responsible for the negligence that has allowed so many terrible crimes to go unpunished? Should he and his seat of power, the Holy See, continue to enjoy an immunity that places them above the law? Geoffrey Robertson QC, a distinguished human rights lawyer and judge, evinces a deep respect for the good works of Catholics and their church. But, he argues, unless Pope Benedict XVI can divest himself of the beguilements of statehood and devotion to obsolescent canon law, the Vatican will remain a serious enemy to the advance of human rights.
Category: Religion

The Case Of Valentin Tomberg

Author : Sergei O. Prokofieff
ISBN : 0904693856
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Born in 1900 in Russia, Valentin Tomberg was for many years an enthusiastic student of Anthroposophy. In 1945, however, he converted to Roman Catholicism and completely turned his back on the former phase of his life. By the time of his death in 1973 he had written two major works--Meditations on the Tarot and Covenant of the Heart--in which he presented much esoteric knowledge, though under the spiritual authority of the Catholic Church. What is the mystery behind Tomberg's life? Prokofieff provides his views in this forcefully argued and uncompromising book.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Papal Genealogy

Author : George L. Williams
ISBN : 0786420715
Genre : Religion
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“A sweeping review of papal families, replete with numerous genealogy tables. Recommended”—Library Journal “Examines the families of the popes, their influence on history, and, in some cases, traces their descendants”—Theology Digest. The papacy has often resembled a secular European monarchy more than a divinely inspired institution. Roman pontiffs bestowed great wealth on their families and forged strategic alliances with other powerful families to increase their power. Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia), for example, forced his daughter Lucrezia into a series of marriages for political reasons. When her marital alliance was no longer advantageous, as was the case in her second marriage, her husband was brutally murdered. Many papal families also intermarried in hopes of forming a hereditary papacy; at least two members of the Fieschi, Piccolomini, Della Rovere, and Medici families served as pope. Papal families since the early history of the church are fully covered in this comprehensive work. Genealogical charts graphically show the descendants of the popes, presenting in many cases the interrelationships between the papal families and their relationships with many of the leading families of Europe. Detailed histories examine the impact of the papacy on each pope's family and how each influenced the history of the church.
Category: Religion

Law And Revolution The Formation Of The Western Legal Tradition

Author : Harold J. Berman
ISBN : 0674020855
Genre : Law
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The roots of modern Western legal institutions and concepts go back nine centuries to the Papal Revolution, when the Western church established its political and legal unity and its independence from emperors, kings, and feudal lords. Out of this upheaval came the Western idea of integrated legal systems consciously developed over generations and centuries. Harold J. Berman describes the main features of these systems of law, including the canon law of the church, the royal law of the major kingdoms, the urban law of the newly emerging cities, feudal law, manorial law, and mercantile law. In the coexistence and competition of these systems he finds an important source of the Western belief in the supremacy of law. Written simply and dramatically, carrying a wealth of detail for the scholar but also a fascinating story for the layman, the book grapples with wideranging questions of our heritage and our future. One of its main themes is the interaction between the Western belief in legal evolution and the periodic outbreak of apocalyptic revolutionary upheavals. Berman challenges conventional nationalist approaches to legal history, which have neglected the common foundations of all Western legal systems. He also questions conventional social theory, which has paid insufficient attention to the origin of modem Western legal systems and has therefore misjudged the nature of the crisis of the legal tradition in the twentieth century.
Category: Law

Papal Immunity And Liability In The Writings Of The Medieval Canonists

Author : James M. Moynihan
ISBN : 8876520937
Genre : Religion
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The interest in the history of the development of canon law has been focused primarily on the writings of the large body of canonist who were active from the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries. Within this period, the writings of the canonist who lived in the century between Gratian and Gregory IX are of special importance. One result of the promulgation of the Gregorian Decretals was that it mad the formidable production of canonical literature of the preceding one hundred years largely obsolete for practical purposes. Points disputed in the earlier authors were often settled by subsequent legislation, and older interpretations were no longer compatible with the official text. The net result of it all was that the immense output of canonical exegesis in the form of Summae, Distinctiones, Notabilia, Generalia, and other literary forms - the work of an entire century - soon fell into oblivion. Until recently, studies in this field were the concern of a small group of scholars. Now a challenging project is underway to make available in printed editions the canonistic treasures of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Heretofore these works have been extant only in manuscript form, scattered throughout the libraries of Europe
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The Book Of The Popes Liber Pontificalis

Author : Louise Ropes Loomis
ISBN : 9781889758862
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Originally published: New York: Columbia University Press, 1916.
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A History Of The Popes 1830 1914

Author : Owen Chadwick
ISBN : 0199262861
Genre : History
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Owen Chadwick analyzes the causes and consequences of the end of the historic Papal State, exploring pressures on old Rome from Italy and across Europe, which caused popes to resist the world rather than to try to influence it.
Category: History

Politics Of The Lesser Evil

Author : Anton Pelinka
ISBN : 141283144X
Genre : History
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According to Pelinka, Jaruzelski's politics of democratization in Poland in the 1980s (which led to the first free and competitive elections in a communist system) illustrate personal leadership hampered by democracy. Jaruzelski initiated the roundtable process that transformed Poland into a democracy; yet, this process ultimately ended with his abdication.
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The Construction Of Authorship

Author : Martha Woodmansee
ISBN : 0822314126
Genre : Literary Criticism
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What is an author? What is a text? At a time when the definition of "text" is expanding and the technology whereby texts are produced and disseminated is changing at an explosive rate, the ways "authorship" is defined and rights conferred upon authors must also be reconsidered. This volume argues that contemporary copyright law, rooted as it is in a nineteenth-century Romantic understanding of the author as a solitary creative genius, may be inapposite to the realities of cultural production. Drawing together distinguished scholars from literature, law, and the social sciences, the volume explores the social and cultural construction of authorship as a step toward redefining notions of authorship and copyright for today's world. These essays, illustrating cultural studies in action, are aggressively interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in topic and approach. Questions of collective and collaborative authorship in both contemporary and early modern contexts are addressed. Other topics include moral theory and authorship; copyright and the balance between competing interests of authors and the public; problems of international copyright; musical sampling and its impact on "fair use" doctrine; cinematic authorship; quotation and libel; alternative views of authorship as exemplified by nineteenth-century women's clubs and by the Renaissance commonplace book; authorship in relation to broadcast media and to the teaching of writing; and the material dimension of authorship as demonstrated by Milton's publishing contract. Contributors. Rosemary J. Coombe, Margreta de Grazia, Marvin D'Lugo, John Feather, N. N. Feltes, Ann Ruggles Gere, Peter Jaszi, Gerhard Joseph, Peter Lindenbaum, Andrea A. Lunsford and Lisa Ede, Jeffrey A. Masten, Thomas Pfau, Monroe E. Price and Malla Pollack, Mark Rose, Marlon B. Ross, David Sanjek, Thomas Streeter, Jim Swan, Max W. Thomas, Martha Woodmansee, Alfred C. Yen
Category: Literary Criticism