Between Regensburg and Vatican II: Historical Light and Theological Development

A Review of On the Road to Vatican II: German Catholic Enlightenment and Reform of the Church by Eric J. Demeuse The 1541 Diet of Regensburg—the namesake of this forum—proved a significant dialogue between Catholics and Protestants. Essential agreement was reached on a number of still contentious issues, though lamentably these agreements came to naught.… Read More Between Regensburg and Vatican II: Historical Light and Theological Development

“Third Party” Catholic Reformers of the Eighteenth-Century: Between Jansenists and the Zelanti

by Shaun Blanchard This article seeks to introduce an often-overlooked group of Catholic reformers of the eighteenth-century. Traditionally mistaken for quasi-Jansenists of some kind, the “Third Party” was a loosely affiliated network of like-minded, moderate Catholics who strove for the reform of the Church, sought peace and toleration during intra-Catholic theological wars, and displayed an… Read More “Third Party” Catholic Reformers of the Eighteenth-Century: Between Jansenists and the Zelanti

The Neglect of Catholic Theology From Westphalia (1648) to the Bastille (1789)

by Shaun Blanchard In this article I will first attempt to offer an explanation for why the period between the Peace of Westphalia of 1648[i] and the storming of the Bastille in 1789[ii] (although I will focus more narrowly on the eighteenth century) is relatively neglected as a source for Catholic theology. Secondly, I want… Read More The Neglect of Catholic Theology From Westphalia (1648) to the Bastille (1789)