Session Title

Church Reform on the Eve of Luther

Sponsoring Organization(s)

American Cusanus Society

Organizer Name

Christopher M. Bellitto

Organizer Affiliation

Kean Univ.

Presider Name

Wendy Love Anderson

Presider Affiliation

Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Paper Title 1

Matěj of Janov's Vision of Reform

Presenter 1 Name

Stephen E. Lahey

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Paper Title 2

Personal Reform from the Pulpit: Pierre d'Ailly's Sermons

Presenter 2 Name

Christopher M. Bellitto

Paper Title 3

The Cardinal Grants Indulgences: Cusanus in the Jubilee Year 1450

Presenter 3 Name

Thomas M. Izbicki

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Rutgers Univ.

Start Date

11-5-2017 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1225

Description

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses in October 2017, this a panel examines the state of the late medieval church in a European-wide context beyond the typical Rome-Wittenberg fault lines. We engage the most recent historiographical trends, which take us away from notions of institutional and hierarchical reform that previously dominated the discussion and into the areas of spirituality, personal reform, and pastoral renewal on the diocesan and even parish level. Thus, this panel explores not top-down reform efforts that failed in the centuries or decades before Luther, but rather bottom-up movements that achieved a measure of success during the late Middle Ages.

Donald F. Duclow

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May 11th, 3:30 PM

Church Reform on the Eve of Luther

Schneider 1225

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses in October 2017, this a panel examines the state of the late medieval church in a European-wide context beyond the typical Rome-Wittenberg fault lines. We engage the most recent historiographical trends, which take us away from notions of institutional and hierarchical reform that previously dominated the discussion and into the areas of spirituality, personal reform, and pastoral renewal on the diocesan and even parish level. Thus, this panel explores not top-down reform efforts that failed in the centuries or decades before Luther, but rather bottom-up movements that achieved a measure of success during the late Middle Ages.

Donald F. Duclow