Riscrivere la tradizione. Il mondo delle confraternite nella cornice del rinnovamento cattolico cinque-seicentesco

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In opposition to the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic hierarchies, already before, but, above all, after Trento, appropriated the positive values recognized as present in the confraternal tradition and readapted them to new functions, thus making room for them in the system of Catholic piety. Particular emphasis was given to the educational goals of the confraternities, with an eye towards establishing a Christianity that needed to take root in the heart of conscience in order to affect the behavior and the practical life of individuals, embracing both the global human experience and the entirety of social relations, starting from family networks and from breaking down society into classes and corpi or social groups. The fortune of the Catholic confraternal model must be seen as linked to this deep symbiosis with a socio political universe premised upon the supremacy of difference and upon the autonomous management of corporative alliances that shared the juridical-moral government of the social reality. By accepting the principle of corporative involvement as an area of protection that expressed itself, in the first instance, as an exchange of favors among men made basically “equal”, in the horizontal sense, the upper echelons of the Counter-Reformation tried to extend their patronage over the universe of confraternal associations of laymen. At the same time, they adjusted its risks of closure, submitting it to more stringent controls and by establishing a hierarchy of priority in favor of the unifying amalgam represented by the parochial, Eucharistic confraternities. The advancement of this strategy of “re-use”, however, has to be linked to the viscosity of an organization of the sacred that is hard to reshape in all of its institutional and mind-set implications.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Rewrite tradition. The world of brotherhoods in the frame of the sixteenth-century Catholic renewal
Lingua originaleItalian
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteStudi confraternali. Orientamenti, problemi, testimonianze
EditorMarina Gazzini
Numero di pagine31
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2009

Serie di pubblicazioni

NomeReti medievali e-book, 12


  • Cinquecento
  • Italia
  • Seicento
  • confraternite


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